Just a thought at the moment but I was wondering if anyone who is interested in/would like to get to understand more about curing would be intersested in getting together for an informal get together/training session. I'm definately no butcher and am purely a hobby curer/smoker but I've got quite a few years of experience under my ever expanding belt and would be more than happy to show any like minded folk the ropes so to speak and to demonstrate that it really isn't the black art it can first appear to be.
I'm not aimimg this as a commercial venture, just say if anyone involved (me included) stumped up to share covering the cost of a venue (local village hall approx £50 for the day).
We could cover off things such as:
Safe use of nitrates & nitrites in mixing cures
Designing your own cures for bacon/ham/salami etc
Curing & smoking salmon
Making parma ham/veni ham/breasola
Anything else that crops up
I figure that if people brought their own meat etc with them, we could design the cures (within the appropriate safety limits) for the appropriate cuts of meat, start the curing process and then they could take them home to finish off the process.
Like I said, it's just a thought at the moment and I'm gauging if there would be any interest - it would be good to get some stalkers with similar interests together and sharing some ideas/knowledge . I'm based in the Yorkshire Dales and would probably plan it to be located in a venue near by.