An ideal training tool that’s perfect for use in grocery stores, restaurants, foodservice companies, and culinary schools, as well as by serious home butchers, The Art of Beef Cutting provides clear, up-to-date information on the latest meat cuts and cutting techniques.
Written by Kari Underly, a leading expert in meat education, this comprehensive guide covers all the fundamentals of butchery and includes helpful full-color photos of every cut, information on international beef cuts and cooking styles, tips on merchandising and cutting for profit, and expert advice on the best beef-cutting tools.
The Art of Beef Cutting is the perfect reference and training manual for anyone who wants to master the basic techniques of beef fabrication.
I am a retired butcher; I worked with meat products for 37 long years, so the meat has been a big part of my life. As a hobby, I started experimenting with making various types of jerky in my free times, and soon I realized this is a very addictive, fun and rewarding hobby. The way I discovered the rewarding part was when one day just for fun I set up a table at the local flea market to see if anyone would be interested in trying my jerky. I took roughly about 25 lbs. supply with me. At first, I just ask random people if they wanted to try a sample of my creation. 6 out of 10 people I asked agreed and most of them liked the taste of the jerky enough that they bought from me. To my surprise, in just two hours I was completely sold out with enough request and orders for the next week that I was blown away.
Long story short, I became a regular at the flea market and typically sold about 150-250 lbs. of jerky each weekend. from there I was approached by a grocery company that sells to gas stations and convenience stores in 5 states. But to sell to this grocery company, I had to come up with high-quality packaging, which I did. It took about two months to get all the details worked out, and then I started to wholesale to this company. Their average monthly order grew from just 500lbs the first months to little over 2500 lbs. in just five months. once again I was blown away with the demand.
Fast forward nine years, I sold my business for a decent price and decided to retire and enjoy life a little.
I wrote this book to show you that if I can do it, I know anyone can. I was not even a good cook if you don’t believe me just ask Ann, my wife of 35 years, she will tell you.
in this book, I share all the inner workings of jerky and how to get started in Jerky business. I get down to the nitty-gritty of meat and how the process works and what and how you can get started. one word of caution though, If you are just looking for jerky recipes, then this may not be the book for you. There are just a handful of Recipes inside; here my goal is to get your creative side to come out, experiment and create something that has your unique taste and signature all over it.
in This Book, I Share:
on The Business Side I Share:
A special gift at the end of the book just for you (Hint: some of my best selling recipes)
Happy jerky making folks! Enjoy!
An essential update of the perennial bestseller.
Early in his career, food writer Michael Ruhlman had his first taste of duck confit. The experience “became a fascination that transformed into a quest” to understand the larger world of food preservation, called charcuterie, once a critical factor in human survival. He wondered why its methods and preparations, which used to keep communities alive and allowed for long-distance exploration, had been almost forgotten. Along the way he met Brian Polcyn, who had been surrounded with traditional and modern charcuterie since childhood. “My Polish grandma made kielbasa every Christmas and Easter,” he told Ruhlman. At the time, Polcyn was teaching butchery at Schoolcraft College outside Detroit.
Ruhlman and Polcyn teamed up to share their passion for cured meats with a wider audience. The rest is culinary history. Charcuterie: Revised and updated is organized into chapters on key practices: salt-cured meats like pancetta, dry-cured meats like salami and chorizo, forcemeats including pâtés and terrines, and smoked meats and fish. Readers will find all the classic recipes: duck confit, sausages, prosciutto, bacon, pâté de campagne, and knackwurst, among others. Ruhlman and Polcyn also expand on traditional mainstays, offering recipes for hot- and cold-smoked salmon; shrimp, lobster, and leek sausage; and grilled vegetable terrine. All these techniques make for a stunning addition to a contemporary menu.
Thoroughly instructive and fully illustrated, this updated edition includes seventy-five detailed line drawings that guide the reader through all the techniques. With new recipes and revised sections to reflect the best equipment available today, Charcuterie: Revised and updated remains the undisputed authority on charcuterie.