Curing salt #1 - lifespan?

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gnol
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Curing salt #1 - lifespan?

Post by gnol » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:36 pm

Sodium nitrite 6.25%.
I'm presuming this has a long lifespan? I bought 500gm more that 12 months ago and it is no longer pink but a yellow colour. I've still been using it up until last weekend to sure some bacon.

What's the longest you can keep it before having to get a new batch.


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Re: Curing salt #1 - lifespan?

Post by urbangriller » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:47 pm

My Bet is the pink is so you don't mistake it for normal salt or sugar, so you don't feed it to the kids on their wheeties!

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Re: Curing salt #1 - lifespan?

Post by gnol » Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:28 am

urbangriller wrote:My Bet is the pink is so you don't mistake it for normal salt or sugar, so you don't feed it to the kids on their wheeties!

Chris
I'm more interested if you know how long the shelf life is. I already know why it's another colour.

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Post by Jars » Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:09 am

I think the lifespan would be a fair long time, considering its mainly salt and preservatives, right? Should be okay if it doesn't get too close to any moisture etc.
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Re: Curing salt #1 - lifespan?

Post by urbangriller » Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:00 am

+1 that,

If stored well, it should be viable for ages, the colour will go off, it will clump up a bit...but the chemicals remain the same.

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Re: Curing salt #1 - lifespan?

Post by gnol » Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:03 am

Awesome stuff!
Thanks blokes.
I thought as much but with everything having a use by date these days I just wasn't sure.


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