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Meat curing salt

ttoommyy May 24, 2012 07:01 AM

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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    tex.s.toast RE: ttoommyy May 24, 2012 07:30 AM

    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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      ttoommyy RE: tex.s.toast May 24, 2012 07:42 AM

      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.

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        tex.s.toast RE: ttoommyy May 24, 2012 10:26 AM

        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.

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          ttoommyy RE: tex.s.toast May 24, 2012 11:05 AM

          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?

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            tex.s.toast RE: ttoommyy May 24, 2012 11:15 AM

            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.

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              ttoommyy RE: tex.s.toast May 24, 2012 11:32 AM

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

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      jester99 RE: ttoommyy May 24, 2012 08:41 AM

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

      1. dave_c RE: ttoommyy May 24, 2012 08:45 AM

        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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          ttoommyy RE: dave_c May 24, 2012 09:54 AM

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

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          kathryn RE: ttoommyy May 24, 2012 10:06 AM

          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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            ttoommyy RE: kathryn May 24, 2012 11:03 AM

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

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              kathryn RE: ttoommyy May 24, 2012 12:47 PM


              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

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                ttoommyy RE: kathryn May 24, 2012 01:02 PM

                Great. Thanks kathryn.

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