The dogs growling and playing in the background made me laugh a lot. My Heeler does the same thing if I'm on the phone or doing something where I don't pay attention to her for a little while.
We use alum to aid preservation in our pickling process, but its main purpose is to maintain a crispy exterior. It's what makes pickles crunch when you bite into them. We use it for all of our egg, fruit, and veggie pickling. I've never used it for pickling meats, like ham, though. I'll have to give it a go the next time I preserve a small ham or pickle some pig's feet and see how it effects the texture of the meat. I think it'll make it too chewy though.
Looks so good. Can't wait to watch the final video's
My goodness I'm so damned hungry right now !!!!!
DO NOT FORGET to get him back in the kitchen for the italian gravy recipe!!!!