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Mar 11, 2009 05:36 PM

Saltpeter, curing salt and Sodium nitrates!! Portland Maine.

Ok in know they're all the same thing. I need help from my fellow food loving peeps out there, I want to corn some beef, cure some meats, maybe even make a couple of tasty sausages...... I know, nitrates suck and aren't good for you. I eats tons of organics and locals and naturals, even grow my own when I can, I just want some pink in the meats. I want the badass deli look for a change and honesty there I don't even eat enough cured meat to hurt me, least I hope right, lol. Well I hope someone knows somewhere to procure some of this stuff in the portland maine area, I want to get started. Thanks!!

P.S. Off the subject, I brew beer as well and want to grow some Hops, does anyone have a source? Lay it down

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  1. Nitrates rock!
    I'm the chef @ a small brewpub in Greenfield, MA (The People's Pint) and I make my own bacon, corned beef and pastrami all using pink salt (yet another name). I tried my meat suppliers but they didn't carry it. So I ordered it on-line from you pay a little more for shipping but good luck finding it locally.
    Do you have the book Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing by Michael Ruhlman? If not, I highly recomend it. It taught me a lot and has inspired me. If you don't have it-get it.
    As for hops (as luck would have it, I also grow my own hops!) I got my rhizome (thats what hops grow from) from my local brew shop (their website is but I'm sure you can find these at your local homebrew shop.

    Happy Curing!

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    1. re: chrisandbetsyc

      Your the man! THanks for the info. I have read through that book, it is awesome. I look forward to curing some tasty meats and throwing my own hops into my next homebrew. I'll have to hit the PP up next time I am down that way, sounds like your making some good stuff!

    2. You might want to check out The Sausage Maker:

      I also recommend Ruhlman.
      For a ton of more info, I'd also suggest
      Great Sausage Making and Meat Curing by Rytek Kutas shown here

      but probably cheaper on Amazon or something.

      I regularly make great bacon, smoked meat, corned beef, and ham. Different sausages, but mostly Italian and air dried.
      But you gotta treat nitrites with respect - a great tool, no doubt, just read up on it.

      1. Folks, we split off some discussion on curing meats to the Home Cooking board. Please keep replies to this topic on where to find supplies in the Portland area.

        You can find the new topic at

        1. Regarding the hops -- I saw a new brew supply shop on Forest Ave a few doors down from the Great Lost Bear. I don't know a thing about them (not even the name or when they opened) but perhaps they could help you source some hops to grow.

          If anyone has any info on this place, please post! Cheers

          1. Hey kingeats, I have pink salt in the restaurant here in portland. You probably don't need much. I'd be willing to donate some to a fellow foodie here in town. I have a supplier but it comes in big quantities. I'll happily trade for a sample of the finished product. Call The Back Bay Grill

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            1. re: bbgrill

              BOOYAH! Thanks bbgrill, How about some time monday afternoon, before service of coarse?

              1. re: kingeats

                We're closed all next week for deep cleaning, painting etc. I should be here all day mon. Give us a call.