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    Venison Bresaola

    I had a nice lean haunch going spare so I picked up some ingredients today and made up a wet brine.

    For a 5 kilo bone in haunch roast.

    1 kilo salt (normal sea salt, didnt like the scare stories of the nitrates/ites)
    2 bottles of a cheap red (to this I added 3 wine bottles of water)
    5 garlic cloves
    5 dried chillies
    2 onions
    Large sprigs of Rosemary, thyme and sage
    1/4 cup crushed peppercorns
    2 sliced carrots

    The smell is lovely, i fear I have overdone the salt but I followed (roughly) a recipe I found on t'internet for a 2.5kg lump of meat so I just double everything.

    Il leave it until it "feels" right then air dry it in a muslin wrap for a month or so.

    Il keep you posted if Im still alive.
    There is a place on this planet for all of God's creatures, right next to my tatties and gravy!!!

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    sounds great ,i have always wanted to try a haunch . let me know if it works out ok,wayne

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    When you have finished with the marinade Strain it boil it let it go cold and you can use it again - if too salty add some more wine.
    Good luck - a month of drying might be too long to check it after 3 weeks. There is no hard and fast time-scale on curing like this you learn by doing the job.
    The test is that the meat becomes quite firm and goes very dark on the outside. Keep it somewhere cold and well ventilated - flies wont bother it.

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    Started off as....

    In brine for a week...

    And air dyed for 1 month...

    Im not sure if a) its had long enough drying and b) if its edible.

    Its mainly white mould but has little spots of blue/green mould like you get on old bread.

    Any pointers?
    There is a place on this planet for all of God's creatures, right next to my tatties and gravy!!!

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    cant give any pointers as i want to have a crack but was waiting your results .get a sliver cut off and try ,dont be scared,atb wayne

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    Where was it air dried a d what temperature? If it was outside at this time of year it may need longer. Plain viniger will remove the mould.

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    Its had a month outside and has gone from a 5 kilo lump of meat to just under 4 kilos. I cleaned it with Cider Vinegar this morn.

    With it hanging in quite a windy place i think the skin has hardened too much and is stopping it from drying out any more. I cut a chunk off to have a look at the inside and its a DEEP ruby red, almost like port, it smells fantastic too. I just dont have the balls to be the first taster!!

    About to head to the local hotel where my missus works, the head chef is one of those Michelin Star lot, hes going to put it through the meat slicer and be the guinea pig, he would pretty much eat anything anyway.
    There is a place on this planet for all of God's creatures, right next to my tatties and gravy!!!

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    I make venison biltong regularly, I know different but same principal. I have a large wooden box with a 100w light bulb in the bottom and lots of ventilation holes to allow the heat to rise, go past the meat and escape in the top. Basically the principal is the same of salting it, adding spices, letting it dessicate slightly and drain, but over a much shorter period of time. Within 3 hours of salting it looses a lot of liquid, then wash is cider vinegar and then herb it and then hang it in the biltong box. I did do quite thick bits the first time and it failed so I tried thinner bits, 2cm thick, put a dehumidifier in the room and also the bulb in the bottom, but also in a warm room in the house, and it was cured within 2-3 days. Hard on the outside and a good consistency inside. I found the thicker bits got the white mould on them and it would just keep coming back and eventually go greeny etc, so by doing thinner they cured much better. I just don'g think the climate was good enough, too much moisture in the air.

    I was taught the process in South Africa, whereby in the dry season it worked a treat just outside, but in the wet season we made it in a meat chiller, with some fans blowing on it. Makes me think if my 'tango fridge' would be good for making thicker bits of biltong in......

    Let us know how you get on.........

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    Result!!! Its foookin boootiful!

    Unfortunately the chefs thought so too and got stuck in to it, tbh its better than I expected, a real authentic taste. its just like the cured venison sausage the missus brought me back from Germany

    Just after washing with cider vinegar this morning...

    This is what it looks like inside...

    Because of the thickness of the joint Im going to have to slice it off in stages, about 5 cm in it is starting to get a little moist so Il hang it back up to dry after taking some off. because of this I didnt get the whole thing sliced up.

    This is definately the way forward!

    A plate full of this with a bottle of pear cider is just about as good as it gets.
    There is a place on this planet for all of God's creatures, right next to my tatties and gravy!!!

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    thanks for sharing ,just been reading up abit to start and have a go myself.
    it seems curing in a case helps the venison not to blacken too much and dry on the outer layer going back to your earlier post the white mold is good mold that helps keep the bad mould/bacteria away .you can buy this in a powder form to mix and spray on rather than hoping the good mould starts to culture. if you get green mould wipe away with viniger . thanks for posting this as you have spurred me on to have a go . i will keep you posted on my efforts,atb wayne

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