Cured meats exist in the world since ancient times. Some manuscripts of Greek Empire refer to some common small goods in our days such as bacon, blood sausage and ham. Usually, these kinds of products were prepared with ceremonial motives, as an offering to the gods.
Historically, food preservation has been a vital importance issue for human survival. When people lived in caves, they tried several different methods for meat preservation. At first, meat used to be dried in the sun. Then, they tried covering it with fat. Later, they managed to improve food taste with fire and understood that cooked food lasted longer. Finally, with discovery of salt, meat preservation during months was possible.
Egyptians were experts at preserving their food with salt. Then their knowledge passed to the Greeks and finally, Romans perfected the art of curing meats. Those same techniques that were applied in ancient times were passed from generation to generation, until reaching Italians of modern days.
There are no better experts preparing cured meats than Italians. Many believe that Germans are the true experts, but in the Italian capital, Rome, was where everything began.
Many of those families that have been dedicated for several generations to cured meats elaboration, emigrated to other countries, sharing their valuable knowledge with the rest of the world. During Mussolini dictatorship, millions of Italians were forced to leave their homes. Many of them chose Australia as their final destination.
Since then, their descendants are the owners of the best butcher shops in the country. Italians have perfected for decades the recipe of the famous award winning Perth ham. This product is prepared with first quality meat, seasoned with fine herbs, smoked and then cured in special places. Tasting a slice of exquisite award winning Perth ham is the closest thing to heaven.
Perth meat platter is recognized as one of the best in the country. In fact, Perth meat is one of the most demanded in the world, therefore, is considered a product with export quality. For that and many other reasons, there’s no better place in Australia to buy meats and sausages.