Have you ever been to a dinner party, a deli or even better a tapas bar? If so, then you've probably come across a cured meat or two. Cured Meats is a way to preserve and flavor meat. Here is a list of Cured Meats we carry.
Prosciutto is made from the whole hind leg of a pig and is one of many Italian style cured meats. Prosciutto is both salt cured and air dried which makes it totally safe to eat without cooking it. It also makes for a perfect addition to any salad or charcuterie board. You'll find the meat sliced very thinly, as it has a slightly chewy texture that can be overwhelming if eaten in large chunks.
2. SalamiSalami is traditionally made from lightly ground beef or pork which is then stuffed into a casing. The sausage is hung up in a controlled room where the incredibly important fermentation process can begin. The more time salami has spent fermenting, the drier it will be, meaning certain types of salami will be juicier and fattier than others. This doesn't make one type better than the other, you just have to see what you prefer! I don't recommend cooking salami as this will make the fat separate. Meat Your Cheese carries a variety of Salamis to choose from:
3. Spanish Chorizo
Spanish chorizo is a must try if you're a fan of cured meats. It is made with pork and is commonly classified by either being sweet or spicy. The distinction between the two comes from one of chorizo's main ingredients which is paprika and the amount of moisture left in the end product after the curing process. Here are two of our favorites:
4. Jamón ibérico
ibérico ham is made with black Iberian pigs. The flavor is richer and fattier than other cured meats and it's usually the highest ticket item on a charcuterie board.