What Is Charcuterie?

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It’s on lots of “fancy” menus these days and you’ve probably heard the word tossed around a few times, especially if you enjoy wine. So, what is charcuterie and why is there such a fuss about it lately? We’re going to explain it all, below!

What is Charcuterie?

Believe it or not, charcuterie is an art. What is it the art of, you ask? It’s the art of preparing meat products like salami, ham, sausage, ballotines, bacon and confit. The process includes salting, smoking and curing meats before they’re ready to eat.

It’s generally served as an appetizer or snack and typically comes on a wooden board and is often paired with artisanal cheeses, fresh fruit and/or bread.

Why Is It So Popular?

Well, just like fashion, old food trends tend to make their way back to the forefront every so often and this is one of those trends.

It all started way back before refrigerators. People needed a way to preserve and store meats so they exercised the process of salting, smoking and curing.

There are many different styles of charcuterie and options you can add to your board — the possibilities are virtually endless. Pair that with the fact charcuterie boards are so versatile when it comes to mixing and matching with other foods and drinks and you’ve got yourself a recipe for success. Oh, did we mention it tastes delicious? That always helps!

So, now that you know a little more about the history of charcuterie and why people tend to enjoy it so much, you’ll want to make sure it’s on the list this season.

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