Cured Meats and Antipasto: A Prelude to an Exciting Meal

Appetizers Using Cured Meats – Casual Eating

Truly, much of the human successes has come from a motivation of necessity. The ingenious use of salt to prevent spoilage of meat antedates written history. The Mesopotamians used it to extend the life of their meats and fish as early as 3000 B.C.E.

Meanwhile, smoking  is an ancient method of food preservation. Archaeological evidence indicates that people in the medieval Europe during the 9th century smoked their meats slaughtered in the fall to last through the winter. Today, salting and smoking still continue to be practiced – though not so much to preserve meats, but for the interesting flavor that smoke adds and the quaint taste that are created for cured meats. [Read more…]

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