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  • blexo Nov 1, 2008 12:05 PM
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Good Day,

I'm looking to corn some beef and am trying to locate some saltpeter aka potassium nitrate

I'm striking out at the local pharmacies. Anyone know of a place not too fat from Berkeley?

Thanks

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  1. I thought corned beef was just soaked in a brine solution using NaCl and assorted other herbs and spices. Sodium Nitrate is for preserved meat. I believe the corn refers to the size of the crystals of salt used.

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    1. re: wolfe

      Potassium nitrate, like nitrites, preserves a pink color. You can certainly corn (right about the size of salt) but your meat will end up rather grey.

      1. re: blexo

        Doesn't seem to bother Sara Moulton.
        http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sa...
        Apparently, you pays your money and you takes your chances. Nitrates for pinker meat but the possible risk or more salt and it's risk and greyer meat.

    2. Morton puts out a curing salt, but I've only seen it in stores in the midwest. You can order it online, but I should think local stores would carry it. Maybe a vendor in Berkeley Bowl could order it for you.

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      1. re: OldTimer

        No need to do that. Here is previous pickling/curing thread.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5429...