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Mar 30, 2010 07:17 AM

Saltpeter - where can i get it in SD?

I am making a Jacque & Julia country pate recipe which calls for the preservative saltpeter. I have not been able to locate it. Anyone seen it at any of the markets in town?

Thanks. Cd

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  1. I haven't been able to find any of the known salt/nitrate mixes in town. I had to mailorder it.
    I did find a curing mix at Siesel's called Morton's Tender Cure but I couldn't find much online from people that used it.

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    1. re: MrKrispy

      I've used the Morton's Tender Quick a few times and it's worked well for me on bacon and corned beef. Iowa Meat Farms used to carry sodium nitrate (or is it nitrite?) but I guess they started getting questioned from the FBI since it's one of the primary ingredients in bomb making. If I'm correct (and I hope I am), with the Morton's Tender Quick stuff, the sodium nitrate/nitrite is already premixed with salt so you don't need to dilute it down with more salt (just whatever herbs/spices/flavorings you're going to use).

      Iowa Meat Farms
      6041 Mission Gorge Rd, San Diego, CA 92120

      1. re: DougOLis

        Yeah, I think it's also good for some things that are of nature. Ahem.

        1. re: Dagney

          If you believe old wives tales...there is no scientific evidence that saltpeter (potassium nitrate) has any anaphrodisiac properties.

          1. re: nileg

            I thought it was used in prison populations to lower sex drive among the inmates.

            1. re: normalheightsfoodie

              It's an urban legend. The same urban legend substituting enlisted men in the military is debunked here on


    2. You used to be able to get it at drug stores. 40 years ago pharmacists had it behind the counter. You did not need an Rx, but you had to be over 18 to get it due to its explosive nature (not in the sense of the above comments). With pharmacies doing less compounding these days, I could not even guess if they stock it anymore.