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May 16, 2011 05:59 PM

Pink Salt/Sodium Nitrate in the Twin Cities

I've got five pounds of pork belly defrosting in the fridge (for bacon) and no pink salt to be found. I would like to begin curing it tomorrow, but I've been to every cooks' supply store and spice shop I can think of, plus grocery stores. Is there a place in the Twin Cities that sells pink salt? I would rather stay on the safe side for my first time making bacon, so I'd prefer to use pink salt.

Thanks a lot!

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  1. I've seen giant slabs and various containers of pink salt at Whole Foods..

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    1. re: MplsM ary

      Which Whole Foods? I couldn't find anything in St. Paul.

      1. re: anabug

        Minneapolis - by the cheese counter. Byerly's (St Louis Park), too - also by the cheese counter.

        1601 County Road C W, Saint Paul, MN 55113

          1. re: anabug

            I'd double check on the pink salt that MplsM ary is talking about. If it's what I'm thinking of, it's a fancy type of colored salt that's colored pink, rather than the "traditional" pink salt that's a combination of salt and sodium nitrate.

            But I could be wrong. I'm merely basing my comment on seeing slabs of pink salt with Whole Foods' other fancy salts and a similar display of pink salt at the Uptown Lunds.

            1. re: bob s

              Yup - I was talking about the fancy stuff - not what the OP was looking for.

              I KNEW I shouldn't have weighed in. What the heck would a lifelong vegetarian know about curing bacon.

              Sincerest apologies.

    2. Clancy's meat in LInden Hills.

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      1. re: sandylc

        Thanks, I'll check it out tomorrow.

        1. re: anabug

          I don't know if they usually sell it, but they sold some to my son last summer.

          1. re: sandylc

            Morton Tender Quick, all in one cure mix, very good stuff.

            1. re: sandylc

              I tried them - they were fantastic, gave me a tablespoon of pink salt, and I picked up some beautiful brats for dinner!