This page contains information about curing meat, preserving, salting and drying it along with tips, instructions and useful techniques to help you start your own farm and living independently away from cities. Below are information about preserving and storing meat. If that's what you're loooking for then this is the place for you. Below you will find the most important aspects related to curing meat, just enough to get you started, if you have any question you can visit our forum and ask our expert farmers.
An ox meat could support a family of 5 for a whole year. You can only consider killing an ox if there is a freezer.
If you must try to cut up your steer yourself, this is the order in which you should tackle it:
Forequarter: Cut off the brisket, then the ribs, then the 'leg of mutton'.
Hindquarter: Cut off thin flank; then sirloin, aitchbone, shank, thick flank; then separate the topside out; then the silverside. You have left the thick rump of flank. Cut the best of this for steaks and boil the rest.
Of course all beef is eatable, and if you hack at your steer in complete ignorance you will still get a great number of good meals. But you will be roasting what you ought to grill, and grilling what you ought to boil and all the rest of it. Your ox is a very valuable animal. Surely it is worth the expense of having a butcher attend to him.
Curing or Potting Meat
Potting is another way of preserving beef:
- Lay it in salt for three days.
- Wash the salt off.
- Season with a pinch of saltpeter, herbs and spices.
- Put some suet and butter on top of it.
- Leave it in a slow oven all night.
- Pour off the fat.
- Cut the beef up small and put, hot, into a pot.
- Press down tight and pour on top of it clear strained fat—very hot.
- Cover with greaseproof paper when cold.
It will keep for a couple of months.
Fresh beef should be well hung before eating. Ten days in cold weather is not too much. The tongue: soak in boiled, spiced, cold brine (with the silverside if you like). Leave it there for six days. Bake it in the oven. Skin it. Pot it and cover with clarified butter and/or suet as for potted beef.
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