CURED VENISON LOIN
Nothing says Christmas like a rich mahogany colored venison loin. I've been preparing this for the past few holidays and its always a hit with friends and family. It's very easy to make and extremely versatile to create fast and easy recipes on the fly with. If you've never cured of cured venison loin, think of a cured duck breast ham. It ends up shrinking to about the same size and the texture isn't too far off. It's to be eaten without cooking and you usually need nothing more than some good mustard and your favorite crackers.
1 - Trimmed Venison Filet (10-14 ounces)
1 1/2 Cups- Coarse Kosher Salt
3 Cups - Sugar
12 sprigs - Fresh Rosemary
14 - Juniper Berries (crushed with back of knife)
Black pepper as needed
Mix the salt and sugar together.
In a non-reactive dish (such as Pyrex) lay half of the rosemary and juniper berries on the bottom, followed by half of the salt and sugar mixture.
Lay the venison filet on top of the mixture.
lay the remaining rosemary and juniper berries on top of the venison, followed by the rest of the salt and sugar.
The venison should be fully covered. If not simply mix some more of the salt and sugar mixture together, using a 40 percent salt and 60 percent sugar ratio.
Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for three days.
Remove the venison from the mixture and rise under cold water and dry very well.
Sprinkle the venison with ground black pepper on both sides, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until needed. It will last up to a week in the refrigerator.