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Any place to buy Prague Powder (curing salt) in Westchester?

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I want to make my own corned beef for Saint Patrick's day. I did it last year without a curing salt, and it was terrific, but thought I'd try it with the salt this year. I'm in northern Westchester, but am willing to travel to find this sometime in the next couple of weeks (the meat takes about a week to cure).

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  1. I don't know about westchester specifically . A couple years ago I planned to corn my own beef and had a terrible time finding curing salt. After many fruitless searches at local stores, I stopped at a nearby game butcher(mostly deer processing in my area) . Spoke with the owner. he did not sell curing salt but did use it. He gave me a small bag for free. When I cooked the corned beef I brought a couple servings to his shop as a thank you. Worked out well for both of us and was a great example for me of the kindness of strangers.

    1. I use Mortons Tender Quick. Supermarkets carry it here.

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      1. re: Bigjim68

        Yes, Mortons Tender Quick is a curing salt. It is available in some supermarkets in Westchester. I think in the spice aisle or near the salt. You can also order online and amazon under the names pink salt (InstaCure #1; or DQ Powder; or Prague Powder #1; or Cure #1; or TCM (tinted cure mix.)

        1. re: JMF

          To follow up, I did try using Morton's "available where" search and it told me no luck within 20 miles of me (in the Peekskill area). I actually ended up ordering from a "paid ad" that showed up within Chow when I searched (My Spice Sage) that seemed to be a good site, and I ordered a couple of other things as well. (the ad only showed up because I had temporarily needed to turn off my ad blocker to do something on my banking site!) They offer some things that my usual spice source (Penzey's) doesn't. It is apparently on its way to me now.

          1. re: DGresh

            I ordered from my Ebay link and should have it on Monday...in my mail box. Online is the way to go...gasoline and my time are worth a lot...

            1. re: DGresh

              For future reference, H-Mart has a large part of an aisle dedicated to different sorts of salt in bulk. I'm not totally sure it has the salt you want (because I forgot to bring the name of that kind when I was there yesterday), but you might want to scout out that section next time you're there.

              1. re: Elisa515

                No, H-Mart doesn't have curing salt as far as I have seen. It isn't something I've ever seen in an Asian supermarket. Curing salt isn't like a table salt or eating salt.

                1. re: JMF

                  Curious about this--they had huge bags of sea salt. That can't be used for curing?

                  Update: Okay, it's a mix of table salt with some stuff:

                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curing_salt

                  Probably not at H-Mart

        2. Try eBay, I know they have it. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-to-20lbs-Pr...

          1. Amazon.com is your friend.

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            1. re: pabboy

              Yep, plenty of options!
              http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_...

            2. I'm also in northern Westchester, so I ordered mine from William Sonoma.

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              1. re: wincountrygirl

                You payed way too much.
                $8.64 a pound post paid....at eBay

                1. re: Raffles

                  That's a pretty good price with shipping for 1 lb. Prices don't really get better than that until you buy 5 lb. at a time.

                  1. re: JMF

                    LOL, so true, and would you believe we just ordered 5#, which should keep us in corned beef for a hundred or more years. We figured it was so cheap we could barter it when the SHTF>....

                    1. re: Raffles

                      Which ebay seller? Although I still haven't used up the 1 lb. I got four years ago.

                      1. re: JMF

                        Here......http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-to-20lbs-Pr...

                        1. re: Raffles

                          Thanks!

                2. re: wincountrygirl

                  Definitely way too expensive from WS. You paid $15.45 including shipping for 3.6 oz. Ouch! That's over $68 a lb.

                  1. re: JMF

                    The Spice Sage (where I got it) was $5 for 4 oz (free shipping). I realize I could have done better elsewhere, but it's not terrible.

                3. I buy it at amazon.com.

                  1. Prague Powder #1 or Prague Powder #2 ?

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                    1. re: Gastronomos

                      For corned beef you would usually use #1. #2 is meant for dry sausage and other items that are cured for a long period of time and are not cooked.

                      1. re: JMF

                        thanks for the clarification. I thought all saltpeter was the same

                        1. re: Gastronomos

                          Prague #1 / Insta cure #1 contains 6.25% sodium nitrite and 93.75% salt.

                          Prague #2 / Insta cure #2 contains 6.25% sodium nitrite and about 1% sodium nitrate and 92.75% salt. The sodium nitrate is used for long term curing because it slowly breaks down into sodium nitrite over time.

                          1. re: JMF

                            And salt peter is potassium nitrate.

                            1. re: JMF

                              so not all curing salts are created equal...