Curing: Charcuterie

I’m just going to start off by giving you all the definition of charcuterie because 95% won’t know what it is and that makes this emerging hipster trend Goliath all the more awesome:

Charcuterie (/ʃɑrˌkuːtəˈriː/ or /ʃɑrˈkuːtəri/; northern French: is the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, pâtés, and confit, primarily from pork. Charcuterie is part of the garde manger chef’s repertoire. Originally intended as a way to preserve meat before the advent of refrigeration, they are prepared today for their flavors derived from the preservation processes.

Now, every word of that definition is important buy let’s just focus in on this line: “a way to preserve meat before the advent of refrigeration.” YES! Sooo hipster. It involves meat (hot right now), cooking/food prep (always hot), and most importantly, doing things in the old fashioned manner (hipster 101).