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Feb 9, 2012 08:15 PM

Kosher Instacure?

Hey all. I am looking to make some cured meats and sausages, but most of the recipes I find call for Instacure #1, Instacure #2, or other products similar to these two. The problem is, is that I looked at both the Ok product search and the Ou product search, and both do not list any Instacure or the various alternatives. I know Morton makes a cure mix, but I do not like that it is so radically different from the other cures, and that it contains sugar in some amount. I wish to simply find a curing salt without any seasonings or sugars added, so as to allow me to use whatever substitutions I wish.

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  1. Not a kashrut expert here, but would pink salt fit the bill? Pink salt is a mixture of about 6.5% sodium nitrite, and 93.5 percent kosher salt. You then add whatever seasoning your prefer, and continue with your recipe. If you haven't seen it already, I'd recommend having a look at Michael Ruhlman's book, "Charcuterie." Very accessible recipes with clear instructions with reasonable home-sized yields.

    Btw, make sure your pink salt is the curing salt variety, not the fancy-schmancy Himalayan pink salt. The pink salt for curing is dyed to distinguish it from regular table salt as it not edible by itself.

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    1. re: rockycat

      Thank you. I have read Michael Ruhlman's book. I am actually trying to make some recipes from it. But what I don't know is if the pink salt--the stuff with sodium nitrite, not the Himalayan salt--is something I need a hechsher (kosher certification) for. I know that some things, like vegetables and plain spices like black pepper under some conditions are considered kosher even if they do not have a kosher symbol on them, but I don't know if the same applies to InstaCure.

      1. re: alandy001

        Sorry if I underestimated your knowledge of the subject. It can be hard to tell from these posts.

        According to the cRc, this brand of pink salt is kosher.

        Your best best may be to call the cRc after Shabbat and ask them directly.

          1. re: alandy001

            Dont know if you follow crazytastykosher, but he just made lamb bacon from Ruhlman, and he said that according to the Star-K, Instacure/Prague 1 or 2 doesn't need a hechsher...if you want, you can call the Star-K directly @ 410-484-4110, they're pretty accessible, and are willing to answer hechsher questions, if they know, and if not they'll usually transfer you to someone who does

            Here's the link -

        1. re: alandy001

          I don't know of any Prague Powder that is not kosher. The nitrates and nitrites are inorganic, minerals generally mined from the earth.

          1. re: ganeden

            The issue (if there are any) arises with the pink dye they use