Who first cured meat?

Chef's answer
It was the Romans who first noticed that nitrates preserve the color of the meat, keeping it red longer. However, they didn't realize it was the nitrates that were contributing to this. As mentioned above, this isn't something that was known until the 20th century. The Romans learned of salt curing from the Greeks.
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