How to Build a Campfire for Cooking

How to Build a Campfire for Cooking

Campfire cooking is not always easy, regardless of whether you are cooking for yourself or your family. However, building a good campfire for cooking is not just for men, and women can do it just as well. Here is our advice for constructing the perfect fire so that you can cook all of your favorite camping meals together.

How to Build a Campfire for Cooking

Things to Consider Before You Build
You need to find the right kind of wood for your fire. It should be dry and seasoned, and the best way to go is with a campsite that will provide the wood for you. Don’t strip green wood as it will just create a smoky fire that is unsuitable for cooking.
If they are available, you should use a previously established fire pit for your campfire. If you need to make one yourself, however, ensure that it is constructed on bare mineral soil. This makes it easier to put out and helps to prevent scarring the earth.
Medium-strong wind is hazardous, and if there is no shelter available, you should never construct a campfire outside. Leave it until the winds have died down. Additionally, always make sure a good amount of water is at hand so that you can put the fire out quickly.

How to Build the Campfire
Now that the safety and awareness section is out of the way, we can get down to building that campfire, ready for your evening meal.

Step 1: Prepare the Site
Make sure your chosen site is at least eight feet from any bushes or easily burned plants. You should also ensure that there are no hanging branches over the site. Once that is done, you should create a U-shaped perimeter using green logs or large rocks. Bear in mind the logs will have to be wetted down regularly if you use them. At the rear of the structure, place a large, flat, rock that will act as a chimney to push the smoke out.

Step 2: Lay the Kindling
Fill the fire pit with tinder or crumpled paper, as this is quick to set alight. When you do place it, make sure it is layered on top of each other and not done in the style of a tepee. This provides an even cooking area as well as one that you can keep under control. Once this is done light the fire.

Step 3: Build the Fire and Grade the Coals
Once the kindling is burning, add the firewood. You should make sure that each chunk is roughly the same size so that it burns evenly, and it is also best to spread the wood equally over the firepit so that you get a good burn. Once the flames die down a little, leaving you with white coals, take a stick and distribute them like this:
Higher pile at the back
Medium pile in the middle
Low pile at the front
This gives you the option to choose low, medium, and high temperatures for cooking.

Step 4: Get Cooking
Now that everything is ready, place a grill on top of the fire. This will allow you to place food directly on it, as well as pots and pans if you fancy using those instead. You’re all ready to go and get cooking.

To Conclude
Nothing beats eating in the great outdoors, except maybe cooking in it. Spend some time getting in touch with yourself and your surroundings so that you can thoroughly enjoy every aspect of your camping trip. Hopefully, this guide has helped you to figure out how to build the perfect campfire for cooking.
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Clever Drink Pairings for Your Next BBQ 

Clever Drink Pairings for Your Next BBQ 

The USA might as well officially be renamed the United States of Barbecue judging by the fact that more than 75% of American adults own a griller or smoker (or both). Every barbecuer worth his salt will tell you that the success of a BBQ depends on a few things: good food, good company, and plentiful drinks. While a lot of thought generally goes into picking the perfect meat and side-dish combinations, not much consideration is given to drink choices. Beer and soda may be a given at any BBQ but did you know that wine pairs perfectly well with many BBQ dishes? Here’s a closer look at what drinks to consider for your next all-American backyard BBQ.

Beer remains a barbeque staple

Beer has always been the obvious drink to serve at a BBQ but did you know that certain beers pair better with certain meats?  If you have pork on the BBQ, a bright, dry beer will taste best as it will cut through the salty fat of the meat. If you have Texan steak or spicy buffalo wings on the menu a smooth beer with a sweet malt aftertaste, such as Shiner Bock, will do well to complement the heat of the meat. If your steak or burger marinade is tomato-based, a beer with a bitter edge such a Guinness Stout will emphasize the tomato flavor while blending beautifully with the natural salty taste of red meat. If you aren’t fussy about pairing your food with your drinks, cracking open a bottle of Bud Lite or Coors will more than suffice in keeping your thirst quenched while working your magic behind the grill. The US craft beer market has exploded over recent years, delivering a range of superb brews. If your palate prefers something a little less-commercial than your standard Stout, why not tap into a Founders All Day IPA or a New Belgium Fat Tire instead?

You can wine & dine at a BBQ

While wine might seem like an unlikely drink to be served at a BBQ, it actually could turn out to be a very popular choice. When deciding on what wine will pair best with your food you need to consider what type of meat will be served. White wines are naturally suited to grilled chicken, fish and even some pork recipes, while sparkling wine pairs remarkably well with any grilled food. When it comes to red wine, the pairings are a bit more intricate. When you are grilling pork or salmon opt for a Pinot Noir to balance the rich flavors. If you are dishing up steaks, ribs and burgers, pair them with big, bold red wines such as shiraz, cabernet or Bordeaux.  Surprisingly enough, a vibrant Rose is extremely versatile and pairs well with just about any food.

Don’t forget some soda

We have all heard of wine pairing and beer pairing but what about soda pairing? At every BBQ there is bound to be at least one or two guests that don’t drink alcohol. Instead of just making a jug of grandma’s trusted punch, why not put a bit of thought into it and come up with some superb soda and meat pairings. If you are grilling steaks, Coke (or Pepsi) is an absolute must as the rich, caramel undertones of cola pairs extremely well with red meat. Lemonade and homemade ice teas generally go well with all types of grilled meat and their side dishes and can also easily be converted into delicious cocktails for those you want a drink with a bit of a kick. If you want something a bit more fancy than a can of soda or jug of tea, why not get creative and make your own sensational summery drink? Basil-lemon mojitos are all the craze right now and are the perfect complement to any grill-side meal. Alternatively, you can whip out your blender and make deliciously icy fruit & lemonade mocktails for your guests. 

The above guidelines are merely recommendations that could assist you in coming with some stellar combinations at your next BBQ. At the end of the day, food and drink pairings are extremely subjective. If you want to drink a double-thick chocolate milkshake with your grilled salmon or enjoy a glass of red with your fish there is no rule book in existence that says you can’t. As long as the food is good and the company even better, your guests will leave with full stomachs and happy hearts regardless of what drinks were served with their 

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Why Memphis is the BBQ Capital of the World

There’s no doubt about it, when it comes to the U.S city with the best barbeque food it has to be Memphis. Sure, there’s great barbecue all over the US, but the home of Blues and Rock & Roll is also the home of some seriously good barbecue techniques, particularly when it comes to cooking pork. From traditional to modern ways of cooking meat, Memphis has a long history of covering its bases and consistently serving up some of the best food in the world. We take a look at why people just can’t get enough of the finger licking greatness that comes from this awesome city. 

It’s all in the technique

From flavoring agents to picking the right wood for the fire, there is so much more to a Memphis style barbecue than simply slapping some meat on the grill. It’s all down to the preparation, which can take weeks. Before the barbecue is even lit, the meat is smoked to ensure a great flavor when it is cooked. Smoked pork is the meat of choice for most barbecues in Memphis, and has been since at least 1540 when Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto brought the first herd of pigs to the area.

Best known for its dry barbecue, the rubs used in Memphis are packed with flavors such as garlic, paprika, onion, and cumin and are ideal for creating super tender meat. The sauces also have their own distinctive flavors, usually made from a base of tomatoes and vinegar along with a combination of spices, which vary from chef to chef, but usually result in a tangy, sweet sauce that is poured all over pulled pork or dry ribs.

World-renowned restaurants

Putting the preparation into action, the restaurants in Memphis have been super busy making sure that the city is firmly in place on the barbecue map.

While there are plenty of other culinary delights to explore in Memphis, its barbecue restaurants are some of the best in the world. Of course, ordering a Memphis barbecue sandwich should be high on your list of priorities if you ever visit, but don’t forget about the amazing array of side dishes that accompany it, like as mac ‘n’ cheese, potato salads, southern-style veggies, and slaw.

One place that delivers all of these Memphian delights and much more is Coletta’s Restaurant, which has been serving Memphis since the 1920s. Coletta’s Restaurant claims to have invented the original barbecue pizza and was regularly frequented by Elvis. Visitors can even sit in his favorite spot and have their photo taken as a souvenir.

The Cozy Corner is another great spot for everything from ribs to pulled pork, and bologna sausage to Cornish hen, all cooked to perfection. Possibly the best-known barbecue joint in town is Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous, which is home to some of the best dry grilled ribs and beef brisket around. For some authentic local food, check out The Bar-B-Q Shop where the Dancing Pigs Barbecue sauce will quickly become your new favorite thing!   

Beats the competition

Although the local restaurants may find themselves competing with each other, there is a much bigger competition that takes place in Memphis every year. The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is the biggest of its kind and is held in May, pulling in around 100,000 people along with over 250 competition teams to compete for the highly coveted top spot.

Nearby towns also find themselves competing with Memphis for the title of best barbecue. While many people may think of Nashville as being the nearest rival to Memphis when it comes to music and barbecue, it is always Memphis that wins out. After all, Nashville country music stars are known for sticking around the home of blues to indulge in the pulled pork and ribs combos. Even poker legend Chris Moneymaker prefers Memphis barbecues over those from his hometown Nashville and regularly treats his fellow players to a Memphis style grill when summertime rolls around.

So, there you have it. There is no place like Memphis when it comes to barbecue perfection. Just make sure you leave some for the rest of us!




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5 Things to Think About Before Building an Outdoor Kitchen

5 Things to Think About Before Building an Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen has become a popular way to turn the yard into a functional and fashionable living space. Stepping beyond the traditional patio grills, outdoor kitchens are oftentimes a more extensive home improvement than homeowners initially anticipated. When homeowners consider these factors before they start building, they can be more satisfied with the end result.

Choose the Right Location

Selecting a good spot for the kitchen calls many issues into play that people must decide based on their own needs. These include:

  • access to the outdoor kitchen from inside the house
  • proximity to necessary services, like heat or electricity
  • safety of the people on the property while using the kitchen
  • the best position in the yard related to weather
  • off-season considerations, like snow or wind

People should think about which place in the yard will be best for the way they want to use the outdoor kitchen, and determine if they need to make any changes to the property to accommodate it.

Acquire the Best Materials

The materials used for the project have the potential to dramatically increase the overall budget. The kinds of cabinetry, countertops, backsplash, and flooring that people choose might not vary much from the materials they use for an inside kitchen. The major difference is that people have to factor in the effects of weather in the long-term durability of the material. Homeowners who want to put in an outdoor kitchen with a lot of year-round rain may need to avoid porous surfaces like marble, which could stain easily. Similarly, well-built cabinetry with colors less likely to show dirt or stains will be simpler to maintain over time.

Understand What Features Work Best

Building an outdoor kitchen is a dream come true for a lot of homeowners, and letting that dream take flight is a sensible move. People really need to understand precisely what they expect from an outdoor kitchen before they start drawing up designs or hiring contractors. Homeowners can walk through the motions of using an outdoor kitchen. This may open up ideas for added features they never considered, like a built-in barbecue smoker, sink for food preparation and cleaning, or plenty of seating for entertainment. Even if the budget will not accommodate all these wishes, knowing the extent of what they want will help people to focus their needs into a plan that will have long-term value.

Picking the Right Services

When people first start imagining this kind of home improvement, they might expect it to look like a souped-up barbecue grill. Homeowners who have a little more money to invest can turn the outdoor kitchen into so much more. Creating a functional outdoor living space often requires some services that are easily available inside, like electricity, water, and a source of fuel for heat. People who are tired of filling up propane tanks at the store and lugging them home might consider adding a gas line.

Running electricity out to the kitchen allows for lighting and power needed to run appliances like a fridge or blender. Having a sink makes preparing food to cook that much easier. Homeowners may need to decide if they want to have hot water, or just a cold water line. These services usually cost extra, and may incur greater charges for kitchens farther away from the home.

Always Consider Safety

Knowing that everyone who uses the outdoor kitchen or who is on the property while it is used will be safe is a homeowner’s primary goal. Grills that run on propane are not meant to be run in an enclosed space because of their potentially deadly emissions. This makes ventilation, even in an open space, very important. An outdoor kitchen that is fairly surrounded needs to provide an alternate source for the byproducts of the fuel burning to escape into the atmosphere. For cooking equipment that relies on an open flame, such as a barbecue pit or wood-fired oven, there should be more than one way to escape the fire if it spreads. A little extra care in the planning could help people avoid expensive renovations down the road.

An outdoor kitchen could provide homeowners with the luxurious living space they crave. By looking at these considerations first, people can avoid common pitfalls and enjoy the kitchen that much more.

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Test out the knives/cutlery

America’s Test Kitchen has let it be know that Victorinox is the best knife in the land.  We have another set of experts with their views. Check out this review of the knives from these experts. Test out the knives/cutlery

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Tips And Tricks To Spice Up Your Campfire Barbecue

Tips And Tricks To Spice Up Your Campfire Barbecue

Over 40 million people embark on a camping trip of some type every year. Whether that involves pitching a tent or touring the country in an RV, they’ve all got to eat. Pulling out the grill or starting the campfire is part of the old-fashioned camping fun, but no one wants the same tired meal every time. Get creative and use a little imagination to add a new, fun twist to barbecue campfire dishes for a memorable meal.

Pull out the spices

Consider adding spices to the dish to create a new, exciting level to existing dishes. Experiment with star anise, ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom for a touch of zest to pork or beef. Simply brush the meat with the spice before adding the barbecue sauce, or marinade meat in a mixture of spices throughout the day. Get creative in considering other spices that add zest to your campfire meal, such as onion, cracked pepper, cloves, or red pepper flakes. Create meals or even trail jerky with personal spice combination favorites.

Using spice like a pro

The best way to use spice is to try it at home first. Red pepper flakes will add an extra kick to barbecued food, but it is too strong for some people. Onion powder adds a bittersweet taste, but some people prefer to add fresh sweet onions to foods such as barbecue burgers. The talent necessary to create enticing meals begins with a bit of experimentation. Read recipes and try out a few before heading to camp to find barbecue favorites. The secret to using spice is to start with a small amount, then adjust to taste. 

Spice that travels with you

It is typically safe to transfer a small amount of spice into a separate container for camping purposes. However, using zip-top bags or plastic wrap for spices such as salt and pepper will help eliminate spills. Store the stash away from the campfire, as heat makes some spices less potent. If possible, season meats before bringing them to the campsite; otherwise, bringing a small amount for each meal is fine. 

Camping is one of America’s favorite past times. There is always a place to go for simple outdoor fun, whether with a tent or at a glamping campground. Bringing along the spice adds an extra kick to whatever is being roasted over the campfire.


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How an Emotional Support Animal Improves Your Life Quality?

How an Emotional Support Animal
Improves Your Life Quality?
Animals bring joy and love to our life; there is no denying that. However, if you need an animal for
treatment purposes, then believe us this s the best advice you ever got. Following, we are going to point
out some pleasantries that come along with an animal, and why you should feel happy about it,
Helps You Fight Anxiety
If you suffer from constant depression, Anxiety, or another such issue, having an emotional support
animal can help you fight off it. According to a study, petting a toy doesn’t help your mental state like
petting an actual animal, especially dogs, cats, or other such animals.
Spending time with such animals controls the circulation of the stress hormone, cortisol. They help you to
maintain your composure in stressful situations as they keep the cortisol levels low, and give you a better
sense of mental stability.
Improves Your Mood
There is no doubt that animals lift your spirit. Numerous studies believe animals help you to fight off
depressive symptoms. However, more research is needed to expand the argument but having a pet is
known to improve the quality of long, for quite a long time.
Helps You Become a Human Magnet
Having a pet makes you more appealing to other people. They promote social interaction. You will
receive a more verbal response from strangers who pass by. People will become more receptive as your
pet gets friendly, and so on.
The best part is, when you pet, talk or stroke your dog for at least three minutes, it improves the
circulation of oxytocin in your body. This is known as the love hormone, and it improves your bonding
and feeling in general.
Improves Your Health
Animal Love is no less than a drug. It doesn’t matter how much you have swoon around animals; petting
one can love your heart rate and blood levels. Moreover, they make you feel better emotionally and
boosts your immune system. This grants you a better chance to fight pathogens as petting a body boosts the levels of antibodies in
your system. This gives you a better chance to fight against pathogens and other such issues.
Mental Health Benefits
There are many benefits of having an emotional support animal beside you all the time. We are going to
discuss a few of these benefits below:

 Improves your social skills

 Improves Your Self Confidence
 You feel comfortable and Safe
 Boosts your Motivation
 Helps to fight off your diagnosed issues

The story doesn’t end here. With the great success, physicians now feel more comfortable to recommend
this therapy to a lot of other mental issues with examples like:

 Aerophobia
 Agoraphobia
 Stress-Induced Situations

 Social Shyness

 Mild to severe Anxiety

 General Anxiety Disorder

The benefits of having an ESA doesn’t stop at your mental health. It goes beyond that and makes a
positive impact on our lives. If you are moved by everything we have said here, and want to try out an
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Delicious And Healthy: Why Good Quality Meat Is Good For You

Delicious And Healthy: Why Good Quality Meat Is Good For You

Barbecuing has always been a sociable, tasty way to enjoy food, but did you know it could also be good for your health?  A consumer poll by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association found that nearly a third of Americans now plan to use their grill or smoker more often, turning barbecuing into a year-round meal occasion. This is good news for your health because grilling is one of the healthiest ways to cook, and meat is packed with protein, an essential building block for the body, as well as other important minerals such as iron, zinc, and magnesium.  When people think of barbecued meat, they often think of delicious cuts of beef, but really any good quality meat should be a healthy and tasty component of your diet.

Building strong bodies

As the CDC reports that over a third of Americans are obese, it’s arguably never been more important to establish a well-balanced diet. While people are generally clued up on the importance of fruit and vegetables and the need to moderate sugar intake, there is perhaps less knowledge on the importance of protein.  Protein is essential for muscle maintenance, strong bones, and hair, skin and nail growth. There are many other reasons to include protein in your diet too, in order to ensure a healthy, strong body.  White meat poultry, pork tenderloin, and lean beef are great sources of protein and are delicious with a simple glaze too.  Meat is also an excellent source of iron, which aids proper blood circulation, and other vitamins and minerals which boost your immune system and contribute to overall good health.

Tasty treats

Another good reason to include good quality meat in your diet is simply that it’s delicious! Stuck in a rut with the usual meat options? Why not shake things up? Professional chefs polled for The National Restaurant Association’s annual survey predicted that the top food trend of 2018 would be new cuts of meat; from Vegas Strip Steak to Merlot cut, there’s never been a better time to try something new and impress your friends and family with your barbecue trendiness!

Overall it’s clear to see why good quality meat deserves a place on your dinner plate.  Rich in protein, iron and other nutrients, it can help to build a strong body. Perhaps just as importantly though, it’s delicious.  Make 2018 the year you discover a new cut, and grill your way to a healthier, happier body.

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Global Grilling Hacks For The Best Barbecue Ever 

Global Grilling Hacks For The Best Barbecue Ever 

The barbecue; could anything be more American? The American barbecue mixes ideas from the Caribbean, Germany, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean to produce unique flavors and cooking styles. While many places around the world consider a barbeque to be the act of building a charcoal fire, whacking some meat on the grill and burning the outside whilst leaving the inside raw, the United States takes things to another level.

Regional differences rule the roost

Electric Smoker Guy

The barbecue is the ultimate American dish because it is so hard to pin down. Just like America is made up of a melting pot of cultures from across the globe, so too has the national cooking style been formed. Taking the analogy further what it means to barbecue varies so much from state to state and region to region that you can barely recognize them as supposedly being the same thing. Not only does the difference between grilling and barbecuing need to be considered but also such factors as: Should beef or pork be used? Is the barbecue the realm of cheap and tough meat cooked slowly or expensive premium cuts grilled fast? Should the meat be injection marinaded and rolled in spices or should it have a lightly sweetened sauce? Do you cook it until it is golden brown or should the ends but burnt? Do you have a honey sauce or a vinegar based one? Do you smoke the meat or grill it? The fight goes on and each area of the States is unique; just like the free citizens who make up this country.

Mix it up by trying something new and exotic

While the influence of Turkish and Middle Eastern cooking is obvious to aficionados of grilling the styles of further east are often neglected. With Indian cookery and restaurants increasing in popularity it is time to add some fire to your grill and knock your friends’ socks off. The tandoor is a traditional clay oven used across the Arabian Peninsula, Persia and the Indian Subcontinent but you don’t need one of these wood fired ovens to make tikka and tandoori dishes at home; the secret is in the preparation, not the execution.

Preparation make perfection

It is vital that you prepare your meat in advance. Lamb chops, chicken legs, whole chickens butterflied and even pork kebabs (something you’d struggle to find on any Indian or Pakistani menu) are all perfect choices of meat. With larger and thicker meat (such as a whole chicken) you will need to spatchcock the bird and slice it nearly to the bone every inch or so to increase the surface area. Once you’ve prepared your meat, coat it in a tandoori paste and allow it to rest for half an hour. You may wish to mix in a little red food coloring to get the proper effect. Whilst your meat is soaking up the marinade take some more of your tandoori paste and mix in 1 third paste to 2 thirds natural yogurt. Add a dash of lime and some chopped cilantro then coat your meat with the mix and leave for 2 hours in a fridge to marinade. Cook on a hot grill with the lid down to achieve the perfect tandoori taste.

Cook safely to stay healthy

Remember to wash your hands after handling raw meat. This technique gives plenty of opportunities for less experienced cooks to cross contaminate and cause food poisoning. It is also important to remember that while beef and lamb can be served, rare pork and poultry need to be cooked thoroughly so use a probe to check that they get up to 164F.  

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Science and History of cold smoked meat

The Intriguing Science and History of Cold Smoked Meat

Smoking is back with a bang in the kitchens; or at least this is what the statistics say. According to Amazon, the sale of home smokers have spiked up 200 per cent while the Waitrose kitchenware shop has begun stocking woodchips to meet the new demand of the customers. Charles Spence, the Oxford University professor of Experimental Psychology collaborating with some of the best-known chefs says, “Evolutionarily speaking, fire and smoke signal meat roasting, so we may have been programmed to find them desirable in expectation of what is to come”.  The science of smoke is quite an intriguing one, and more so in cooking now that the cold smoked meats have become such a craze.

The basic concept

Cold smoked meat can last for months on the shelf and it can do so without any refrigeration. In the farms of the western countries, there often exists a “smokehouse.” It is a special building which is dedicated to smoking meat and storing it. Cold smoking enhances the flavor of meat by smoldering wood at a slow fire with very low temperatures. This is called curing the meat. When the meat absorbs the smoke from the wood, it is seasoned with that distinctive smokey flavor that people are go crazy for. Curing also deepens the meat’s color make it all the more inviting. The meat is then hung in a dry environment.

The cured meat forms a pellicle, after which it is cold smoked.  The smoking process takes several days and can even last a month. The temperatures are usually maintained between 70°F to 90°F. So, in cold smoking unlike in hot smoking the meat remains uncooked. The trick is to smoke the meat without producing much heat. This is achieved by placing the meat in an unheated chamber and pumping smoke into it from another chamber.

Therefore, cold smoking is strictly restricted to meats which have already been cured, salted or fermented. But before they are fit to be consumed cold-smoked meats should be cooked until their internal temperature rises to 160°F. They can be eaten grilled, baked, steamed, sautéed or even roasted.

Not a rocket science

Although The National Center for Home Food Preservation advises against cold smoking at home because of the inherent risks, it can still be achieved with the right methods and apparatus. Many experts suggest keeping the meat refrigerated before cold smoking. This gives the meat some delay time to reach 40° when it becomes prone to pathogen attacks. Plus, coating the meat with a thin mustard layer keeps it moistened.

On the other hand, maintaining an ice bowl when cold smoking in the warmer climates makes the process more effective and adds to safety. Charcoal grills are still thought to be more effective for cold smoking at home to keep the pellets lit. After the meat is cold smoked it immediately needs to be cooked at a high temperature or cooled to less than 40°.

In case of the latter, the meat can be zip locked and placed in an ice bath for 45 minutes or so to cool its core down to 37°, while checking the temperature of the bath at regular intervals to maintain the temperature below 40°. The meat then needs to refrigerated or frozen without delay.

If the steps are correctly followed, cold smoking results in a flavorful smoke infused meat. The method of cold smoking is an ancient technique dating back to the ages when it was used to preserve meat through the harsh winters when food became scarce. Cold smoking is a great way to make meats more flavorful right from chicken breasts and pork chops to beef and steaks.

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