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May 24, 2012 07:01 AM

Meat curing salt

Does anyone know of a source in NYC to buy meat curing salt or something similar? I was watching an episode of Essential Pepin and now I want to try my hand at a country paté or sausage. I know I can probably get it online but I thought I'd try NYC first. Thanks.

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  1. my fairly recent search for curing salts took me to a variety of drug stores without success - i ended up going to kalustyans. you could probably get them cheaper online, but unless youre planning on starting an at-home pate business, the quantities online ordering requires dont seem worth it.

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    1. re: tex.s.toast

      Thanks tex, I appreciate the info. I did a search on the Morton's web site and see this 2 lb. bag is supposed to be available at a number of Wegman's grocery stores in NJ, with the closest being a 17-mile drive from my place in Hoboken. May be a good field trip for this long weekend coming up.

      edit: I just noticed I can order it from Morton's web site. I may wind up going that route if nothing else pans out.

      1. re: ttoommyy

        im not familiar with Tender Quick specifically, but it seems to be a mix of salt, sugar, sodium nitrate and nitrite and a stabalizer. Kalustyans doesnt (tot he best of my knowledge) sell this exact product. but as kathrym mentions down thread, they have both prague powder #1/pink salt which is salt with sodium nitrite, and i believe (but am not 100% sure) that they also carry #2 which has sodium nitrate in it as well.

        1. re: tex.s.toast

          Thanks tex. I wonder if the addition of the sugar adds anything to the finished product or if Jacques was just using it because Morton may be a sponsor?

          1. re: ttoommyy

            id guess the later . . . nothing wrong with sugar (especially in cured things) but id rather add mine separately and at whatever ratio i choose. i do think for home-made cured items its pretty important to follow recipes, at least the first time (which is not, generally, my inclination). just because a recipe works with one type of preservative doesnt neccessarily mean it will work with a different one.

            1. re: tex.s.toast

              I agree. I want to follow the recipe exactly the first time, especially since this is my first attempt at a cured item.

    2. kalustyan's has pink curing salt. The amount of curing salt in one pack there should last you a long time.

      1. I'm not familiar with NYC, but have you tried your local large chain grocery store?

        Usually shelved with the other salt products, bottom shelf in the different chains store here.

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        1. re: dave_c

          No, I haven't yet but will do so this weekend when I do my usual shopping. Thanks dave_c.

        2. The Meadow also carries curing salt:

          It's more expensive than Kalustyan's but they have different sizes. Taster: 1.1 oz.:Small: 1.8 oz.; Medium: 6.0 oz.; Large: 9.0 oz. Small Bag: 7.8 oz.; Large Bag: 32 oz.

          Kalustyan's has Pink Curing Salt (Prague Powder#1 / Insta Cure#1) in 3 and 14 oz bags.

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          1. re: kathryn

            Thanks for the info kathryn. I'm not familiar with either of these places. Other than the online stores, are they located in NYC?

            1. re: ttoommyy


              123 Lexington Ave
              (between 28th St & 29th St)
              New York, NY 10016

              The Meadow
              523 Hudson St
              (between 10th St & Charles St)
              New York, NY 10014