Author Notes: This is a really easy recipe if you're new to curing your own meats. Easy and oh so very, very tasty. —Andreas Düss
Duck Breasts, boned. I bought mine from Whitehouse Meats on St. Lawrence Market.
Salt. Pickling or kosher salt is best as it contains no additives and flow control chemicals. Enough to cover the duck breasts.
Spices. I used a mixture of cracked black pepper and coriander.
One non-reactive bowl, just large enough to hold the duck breasts without them touching the sides or each other.
- Fill the bowl about 1/2 inch high with salt. Place the breasts onto the salt, skin side up. Make sure they don’t touch, then pour more salt between them until they are covered. Cover with plastic wrap and put into the fridge for a minimum of 24 hours, but no longer than 36.
- Take the breasts out of the salt. The colour will be a deep red and the meat will feel dense. Wash the salt off the meat with cold water, then pat dry with a paper towel. Rub the meat side with the spice mixture and wrap them into a layer of cheese-cloth. Hang into a cool, dark room for 7-10 days. If they aren’t completely dried and stiff feel squishy and raw, dry for a day or two longer.
- Slice thinly and enjoy