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Charcuterie, Pro Spotlight -

What's Pua'a? And Why is it Hawaii's Best Meat? Kauai-native, avid bow hunter, spare fisherman, rancher and adventurous cook, David Takiguchi (Instagram handle: davidspearo) dedicates an entire fridge to his pua'a harvest. He has brought the ancient tradition of hunting pua'a into the modern day with a little UMAi Dry inspiration.  So, what's pua'a? In Hawai'i, pua'a (wild pig) has been eaten for millennia. Existing in isolation, the Hawaiian islands, originally possessed very few edible land animals and plants. Between 300 and 500 AD, the first settlers arrived from elsewhere in Polynesia, bringing with them plants to cultivate and animals (pigs, chickens, and dogs, to name a...

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Vacuum Sealer -

We like our foodie gadgets as much as the next person. But if your next toy is going to be a vacuum sealer, we recommend keeping it simple with a manual lid-and-latch model. We hear mixed reviews from customers using chamber vacuum sealers, some heavy-duty channel models (like Weston and Vacmaster), and retractable snorkel sealers with our products. Any model that draws down the lid to engage the vacuum tends to limit air flow through the UMAi Dry VacMouse® vacuum aid strip. If you go this route, expect some practice runs and adjustments. In general, we like the ease of FoodSaver...

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Charcuterie, Salumi -

Start with curing your own meat to create and explore ways to create an exceptional charcuterie board.

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Newsletter, Pro Spotlight -

   Photo Credit: Alan Bergo Meet Chef Alan Bergo Meet Alan Bergo also known as the Forager Chef. Alan is a culinary industry veteran, former executive chef of legendary Twin Cities' Lucia’s Restaurant, and the Salt Cellar. Author of The Forager Chef’s Book of Flora, he’s one of the most respected voices in the world of foraging and wild food. Bergo is best known as the founder of Forager Chef, his website focused on wild ingredients that reaches millions of readers each year. Learn more about Chef Alan and his hunt for mushrooms, wild and obscure foods at foragerchef.com.   Dry aged venison roast...

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Steak -

Steak may repair your heart. Research published in the journal Nutrition indicated that eating meat can positively affect your heart. “The impact is the same as if you were to stop smoking, cut back on your sodium intake, or exercise more,” explained Korin Miller in For a Healthier Heart, Eat … Steak? Researchers looked at the consumption of seven amino acids, the building blocks of protein, recognized for retaining heart-healthy properties. In a comparative study of twins, scientist found that the twin that consumed more of the amino acids found in protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, dairy, beans, lentils, broccoli, and spinach had a healthier heart....

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