You take your coffee every morning in your favorite travel mug, there are soups you can heat up and drink and yogurt can be eaten without a spoon—but what about charcuterie? It doesn’t seem fair that you wouldn’t be able to take your favorite artisanal meats with you. Don’t fret—whether you’re packing your lunch, snacking in your car or sitting in a tree stand during hunting season, check out these mobile charcuterie options.
English duke rillettes Rillettes are a delicious, salty treat that will have you excited to open your lunchbox. Most commonly made from pork, rillettes are cubed or chopped cuts of meat that are salted and cooked slowly in fat until they are tender enough to be shredded. While they are often formed into a paste and spread on bread or crackers, you can leave the rillettes in their cubed form for easy access snacking.
Deer jerky While jerky can be made from any meat, venison is the most popular. Trimmed of fat and cut into strips, jerky is made in a dehydrator to prevent the meat from spoiling. Most people have their own seasoning mixture, but just adding salt will do the trick. You can also marinate the meat first for added flavor. The dehydrator is used to prohibit bacterial growth and takes several hours at low heat. Jerky is a great on-the-go snack. It doesn’t require special packaging; a plastic sandwich bag will do, so you can keep it in the car for long commutes or in your desk for the midday slump.