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Heller's Modern Cure

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Sarah Jun 9, 2006 07:09 PM

I am curious about curing. I just got Heller's Modern Cure. It contains only 6% sodium nitrite. So there a lot of other things in this, un-natural things. I was hoping for a little more control. Any experiences please share.

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    wally RE: Sarah Jun 9, 2006 08:29 PM

    What are the other things?

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      toodie jane RE: Sarah Jun 10, 2006 12:27 PM

      for curing meats?

      go to St Patick's day threads ( Feb 1st or so) and read about NO-CHEM meat curing. It turns out delicious, and the meat is not "grey" but a normal brown, just like pot roast. Best corned beef I've ever had.

      SOOOOO good! and no nasty chemical aftertaste.

      (Nitrates don't belong in our bodies!)

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        Sarah RE: Sarah Jun 11, 2006 01:07 PM

        Heller's Modern Cure is mostly salt, 6.25% Sodium Nitrite. Then propylene glycol and sodium bicarbonate added as processing aids plus red (can't read the #).

        Propylene glycol and sodium bicarbonate seem a little scary. Why are they included? I believe that both of these are being used to control grow of undesirables. There is not much said about their use in food.

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          Eldon Kreider RE: Sarah Jun 11, 2006 03:26 PM

          What is scary about sodium bicarbonate, common name baking soda?

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