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Dec 8, 2007 06:11 AM

Looking for saltpeter (to cure bacon)

I'm taking a stab at home-cured bacon, but can't find this optional yet desired ingredient. I've tried many a drug and health food store, they're all very confused.

Does anyone know where I can get my hands on this stuff? I only need a teaspoon. I found another thread that recommended something in Woodbridge but that's way too far (looking for something TTC accessible).

Anyone? Alternate names: potassium nitrate, sodium nitrate.

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  1. I found sme in a small drugstore (Pickering) so you could look in smaller stores; the large chains don't bother with it anymore.

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    1. re: jayt90

      To be exact, I found saltpetre (KNO3) in a Rexall pharmacy, after visiting several large drugstores. It was $5.69 for 125ml, and the order took two days to come in.
      This cure is widely used in Europe, but in North America has fallen into disuse as sodium nitrite and the hard-to-get pink salt gained favour.

    2. Any drugstore should be able to order it from one of their regular suppliers if they don't have it in stock. There are other things you can use, especially nitrite, erythorbate (related to vitamin C, but vitamin C itself doesn't work well), and Morton's Tender Quick. Unfortunately, I can't provide quantity conversions among them. These chemicals will last, essentially, forever.

      1. Have you investigated Prague Powder #1 instead?

        As a matter of interest, how will you be smoking your slab?

        1. Here's a good source for meat cures. Their Insta-cure #1 and #2 is the same as Prague
 and #2

          1. I buy mine at Lone Tai supermarket at Lawrence east and Kennedy when I want to make Tocino ( Filipino cured pork). You have to go to the aisle with all the plastic packaged dry goods and should be marked saltpeter (potassium nitrate). I have a feeling you can probably buy this at any of the large oriental supermarkets. Hope this helps.

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            1. re: squingy

              i went there and i couldnt find saltpeter in that aisle but i did find something called 'nitrite powder'. is this the saltpeter you are talking about? i also looked at all the other aisles and there was nothing, could you please help me.

              1. re: l3g3nds539

                as per the post below by rld below, yes, that is what you are looking for.