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Cheese Facts!

By Dr. Mercola   If you’re a cheese lover struggling to resist cheese because you’ve heard it’s not good for you, then brace yourself for some really good news. Cheese can be an excellent source of nutrition, a food you may want to include more of in your diet rather than less. Cheese, especially that made from the milk of grass-pastured animals, is an excellent source of several important nutrients. One of the most valuable nutrients in cheese is vitamin K2, which the latest scientific studies indicate is even more important to your heart, brain and bones than... read more

Sausage Casing Information

nepas has provided this very informative article about sausage casings.       Casings have been utilized throughout the years in the production of sausage and processed meat products. Casings have been referred to as the oldest form of packaging materials for sausage. Casings determine the final size and shape of the sausage product. Casings serve as processing molds, containers during handling and shipping, and as merchandising units for display.   In years past, sausage production was limited to the amount of available animal intestines. With the... read more

Monosodium Glutamate(MSG)

nepas provided this very informative article about MSG.     Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Many People are concerned about the possible health impact of MSG, a widley used and safe food additive that is derived from a naturally occuring amino acid.  This fact sheet explains what MSG is, where it comes from, and who needs to limit MSG in their diet.   What is MSG? MSG is a food additive.  Its full name is monosodium glutamate and it comes from the amino acid glutamic acid.  Amino acids are the building blocks of protein; our food and bodies contain protein... read more

Basics of Spices

nepas provided this very informative article about spices as written by Jay B. Wenther.       Introduction Spices have been around for ages and the history of spices is entwined with exploration, adventure, religious missions, commerce and conquest.  A majority of today’s poplar spices can be traced back to the East.  India, Southeast Asia, and China have given us anise, basil, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, garlic, ginger, mace, nutmeg, onions, pepper, tamarind, and turmeric.  Other spices such as bay leaf, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, fenugreek, rosemary,... read more

Dry Curing and Fermentation

nepas provided this very important and in depth information about dry curing and fermentation as written by Robert E. Rust         Historical Dry and semi-dry sausage represents one of the oldest forms of meat preservation. Without knowing why our ancestors found out several thousand years ago that salted meat, either in whole pieces or cut up and stuffed in animal casings, would keep for months under normal climatic conditions when properly dried. Certain areas of Europe, particulary Northern Italy, Switzerland, and Hungary, because of their ideal climatic... read more

Iridescence in Raw and Cooked Meats

  IRIDESCENCE IN RAW AND COOKED MEATS Erwin Waters Waters and Associates Boca Raton, Florida Iridescence in meats, specifically beef, can be detected in some of the muscle tissues of some animals before and after rigor mortis. It is most common in the muscles comprising the round, navel and brisket. The type of light and the angle of the light reflecting off the muscle will have an effect on the visual brightness of the various iridescent colors. The most common color is an iridescent green, with the... read more

Making Your Own Curing Salts

You can make your own curing salts instead of purchasing them  premixed.   You will need:         From:  http://www.ehow.com/how_8459233_make-curing-salts.html   read more

Hiding In Plain Sight

  Pops6927 OTBS, SMF Premier Member, Resident Meathead, Trusted Authority   online 4,569 Posts. Joined 7/2008 Location: Fort Worth, Tx. Points: 52 Select All Posts By This User Had a fellow smoker PM me about stuffing snack stix, wondered where I got my 3/8" stuffing tube from.  I did a search, checked a lot of the places, and could not find one.  Even called the F. Dick company directly; they did not offer one either.  Dadgumit!  If they didn't... read more

Health Benefits of Smoked Meats

  Questioning whether smoked meats are healthy or not, this was said:         By Trina Remedios   posted Aug 8th 2012 at 7:00AM IN | Avg Rating  HEALTHY LIVING         Smoked meat is gaining popularity in India, with an increase in brands and varied options at your local cold storage. Not only is smoked meat great for last-minute snack preparations, but it also serves as a great option for singles living in houses with minimal kitchen facilities. But the... read more

Knife Sharpening System

Rich Hansen posted on facebook about keeping his knives sharp, and I asked him what the tool beside them was:       Rich Hansen All my kitchen knives are shaving sharp for once.       I                         ..and I asked him what the tool was he used, and said it was Work Sharp WSKTS system, available on Amazon, Northern Tool, its own website,and several others at varying prices, but median price of $69.99.  Here's a description:     DESCRIPTION The Work Sharp WSKTS is an innovative abrasive belt... read more

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