How does smoke preserve meat?
Historically, smoking was performed as a means of preserving food because the smoke itself acts like an acidic coating on the surface of the meat, preventing the growth of bacteria.
The smoking process also helps to dehydrate the meat, again creating an environment that is less hospitable for bacteria to thrive in.
How long do smoked meats last?
Smoked meat can be kept three to four days in a refrigerator after being cooked. Properly wrapped, smoked meat will last two to three months in a freezer. In neither case should smoked meat be kept or used beyond these recommended times because of the likelihood that the meat will be unsafe for humans or pets to eat.
How do you preserve meat with salt?
Why Salt Preserves Meat –
How do you preserve meat for long term storage?
Place pieces of meat in air-tight storage jars (or plastic storage bags), making sure to fully cover the meat with salt. Alternate layers of meat and salt to ensure all parts of the meat are covered in salt. Keep the jars/bags in a cool place (36-40 degrees Fahrenheit) for a month. Do not allow to freeze.