Some say Charcuterie was introduced by the Romans others say it was the Gaul’s to preserve their meats centuries before refrigeration. ‘Char Cutie’ a French word meaning cooked meat evolved into a culinary art and today is synonymous all over Europe and beyond. Delicatessen is a German word, which first appeared in England around 1889 meaning ‘delicious thing to eat’. Today the word is shortened to Deli and used to describe ranges of prepared meats, pates, cheeses and salads. On the high-street we refer to a Deli when we think of a Fine Food Shop or Counter. Continental meats can be purchased pre-sliced in retail packs or freshly sliced over the counter they can be stored at ambient, chilled or frozen temperatures depending on their ingredients.