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General Discussions => The Food Board => Topic started by: Codonohoe on April 04, 2018, 09:37:18 PM

Title: Curing salts
Post by: Codonohoe on April 04, 2018, 09:37:18 PM
Hi all, does anyone know where I could buy curing salt in Dublin.
Title: Re: Curing salts
Post by: Will_D on April 04, 2018, 11:31:42 PM
There is no such thing as "curing salt"!

To dry cure bacon or other meat products like salami you use a mixture of inorganic chemicals, sugars and herbs and spices.

You don't want to read about wet curing with polyphosphates!! (that is the white slime in the pan from frying cheap bacon)

The main chemicals used to be salt (sodium chloride) and either sodium/potassium nitrate/nitrite.

Salt is just domestic cooking salt (or sea salt :)) and is essential. The nitrates/nitrites are viewed as dodgy  >:D these days. Nitrates are used in gunpowder and Nitrites are considered carcinogenic.

Just google up some curing mixes and see what you want to eat.
Title: Re: Curing salts
Post by: phynes1 on April 05, 2018, 07:42:39 AM
As per Will comment, saltpetre, or sodium/potassium nitrate/nitrite are considered dodgy, and cant be bought over the counter anymore in the EU.

However, for some reason you can get them int he polish shops here, they're called Sol Peklowa. Come in the thin packets like knour soup. 

I've used them a few times for spiced beef, with great success!!

Happy curing!

Title: Re: Curing salts
Post by: aweisse on April 07, 2018, 12:33:52 AM
You also have weschenfelder in the UK

i buy from them a few times a year.
Title: Re: Curing salts
Post by: eanna on April 10, 2018, 12:23:12 PM
Just to be clear to anyone reading, because I suspect the OP already knows, you need nitrates/nitrites along with regular salt to prevent botulism. Nitrates/nitrites are not great over the long term, botulism is very deadly in the very short term.

Anyway, I've gotten bacon cure from Butchers-sundries off Amazon UK. I haven't gotten around to using it yet though. It also looks like Amazon now stock both Prague Powder #1 and #2 (for bacon and charcuterie respectively) which is what all the yanks over at seem to favor.

Good luck, I hope it works out for you!