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Difference Between Charcuterie, Salumi, and Salami

Burning Question: Are Salumi & Charcuterie the Same Thing?

With cured meats making a comeback, it's common to see charcuterie and salumi platters on restaurant menus across the country. But are charcuterie and salumi the same thing? What about salumi and salami?

While charcuterie and salumi share many similarities — both are cured meats, and both maximize the use of every part of the animal — they're not the same thing. Charcuterie, a French term, typically refers to cooked meats such as pâtés. The Italian equivalent of charcuterie is referred to as affettati, while salumi generally refers to salted and dry-cured meats. Salame (plural is salami) is a cured sausage made from ground pork, and is a type of salumi.

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RVASarah RVASarah 6 years
I grew up with salami, so I am quite the fan. :-D
Food Food 8 years
Nancita, that would be correct!
nancita nancita 8 years
Oh I had no idea. Good to know. So sausage is in the charcuterie category, right?
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
You say salume, I say salami...they are both good.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I love them both!
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