Welcome to Salumist University. We're proud to show off SeriousEats.com's extensive guide to Cured Meats. This is one of the most comprehensive guides to learning about salumi and cured meats in general. Charcuterie is a primal, historical entity; every nation has a time in their history when curing meats was the only way to preserve and have protein all year long. Every nation has their own national "brand" of salumi or charcuterie. Italy being the founding father (sorry, we're a little biased) of cured meats has hundreds, if not thousands of types of salumi from the north to the south, all different and all delicious.
Serious Eats go over the basics and the rare types of ground and whole muscle meats - everything from mortadella, to lardo and speck. Give this guide a read through and you'll be on your way to becoming an expert in no time. Or it'll just make you extremely hungry. Keep calm, slice on.
Source: Serious Eats
Guide: Your Guide to Italy's Finest Cured Meats
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