Old Fashioned On Purpose

S6 E2: The Homesteader's Guide to Preserving Meat with Derek Smiley

July 15, 2021 Jill Winger Season 6 Episode 2
Old Fashioned On Purpose
S6 E2: The Homesteader's Guide to Preserving Meat with Derek Smiley
Show Notes

Modern conveniences have made most of us accustomed to one primary method of long-term meat preservation. Without a doubt the freezer has become an essential tool on every homestead, but what happens if you run out of space or have limited access to electricity? Fear not my friends. Today I'm joined by my friend Derek Smiley, a veritable expert in all things regarding meat preservation. In this episode, we cover dehydration, smoking, canning, freezing, freeze drying, salt curing, and more. Derek discusses the pro's and con's of all of these preservation methods, the best uses for each technique, and some of his favorite equipment. With over 25 years of experience in this field, Derek is sure to have valuable information for you, whether you're a complete novice to a seasoned homesteader.

Do you need some guidance on your food preservation journey? Email Derek directly at [email protected] or connect with him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thesmileyfarm

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