My husband wants to get into curing meat. His grandfather used to do it and he helped him, but he was so young that he doesn't remember the process. His father never got into that part of farm life and doesn't remember either. Maybe some day we'll be able to cure our own :) We try to use as much farm fresh stuff as we can. I'm a city girl that now lives in the country and I never knew that there was such a difference in store bought foods compared to home grown.