Best over the counter pink curing salt

Discussion in 'Curing' started by planetdan, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. Hi guys, if this isn't the appropriate place to ask this, just let me know. 

    I am looking for a really good over the counter pink curing salt. I am a retailer and get asked for it many times and currently don't carry it. 

    I am looking for ideas on a particular brand. What Amazon sells doesn't help me. I need to know who makes it so I can contact them directly to order it. 

    Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Brand shouldn't mater.   It's like asking the brand of 24 carat gold.   There is a standard amount of Sodium nitrite mixed with a standard amount of salt and dye.

    If you are looking for cure mixes brand makes a big difference
  3. Do you want to buy in bulk or do you want Cure #1 that's prepacked for retail.....something you can just put your label on?

  4. Neither really. I don't want to buy in bulk and I don't want to private label. I just want to get a decent retail curing salt to sell in my store.
  5. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Try Butcher&Packer, Waltons, or Allied Kenco.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2014
  6. Hmmmm...I'm confused.
    How do you intend to sell it?
    Surely you don't want to pay retail and then resell it...right?
  7. I own a retail store. I am looking for specific brands to check into reselling in my store. I do not buy it retail. I pay wholesale since I am a reseller. But not being one to use curing salt myself, I had no idea what over the counter brand is the best. 
  8. LEM and A.C. Legg have 4 oz. packs available.
    Con Yeager Spice has 1 and 2 oz packs available.
  9. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use Butchers & Packers, because most of the butcher suppliers are less expensive that any of the spice companies. And unless I am mistaken they are all regulated so all cure #1 domestic has to meet certain guidelines.

    And buy plenty it grows on you. On, yeah, one pound? I need micro ounces....... LOL

    I frist bought a pound, I have since bought 5 pounds. You just got to experiment with it on everything. Wait till you try cure plus maple syrup on chicken thighs........OMG!
  10. dls1

    dls1 Smoking Fanatic

    I've been using cure #1 (and #2) for years and have never seen a specific "Brand" name, and frankly, I doubt that one exists. I get my supplies from Butcher & Packer, but there are many other sources out there. Regardless of who sells it, it's all the same stuff, and I doubt that any of the common sources make their own mix. What you need to do is find a producer and/or wholesale distributor, buy it in bulk, and repackage and resell in smaller quantities as they do.
  11. Agreed.

    I had a bratwurst session planned so I could give them out at Christmas, and someone either threw away or I hid it VERY GOOD so no one accidentally used it for some reason. I found a jar (3.6 oz.) at Williams Sonoma for the same as a pound from Sausage maker
  12. Dan, thanks for the info. I have reached out to those companies for wholesale pricing. Hopefully I can bring some of what they have in my store. :) 
  13. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    If you're dealing with first time curers you might want to look into Martins suggestions. Smaller packages might a better seller, as an ounce will cure 25 lb's. Good luck.

  14. thatcho

    thatcho Meat Mopper

    Gosh, I love the great advice on this forum!
  15. zalbar

    zalbar Fire Starter

    Last edited: Feb 24, 2014
  16. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Zalbar, afternoon..... It's important to note.... Canadian cures may have a different percent of nitrate and/or nitrate from the US stuff and calculations must be made when changing cures....

  17. zalbar

    zalbar Fire Starter

    It's 6.25% nitrite or nitrate depending on which you get. Standard cure percentages.
  18. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well, I was in a discussion with a meat producer a couple days ago from Canada and he told me his cure was 5% nitrite......... There is not a standard cure percentage.... I get cure mixed with sugar etc. and the cure is 0.75% nitrite from my butcher/meat supplier.... Check out the link to the supplier and the % nitrite in the cure..... Not trying to be an a-hole.... just want everyone to make safe food..... Dave

    Originally Posted by madman mike View Post

    Sorry, we used F.S Cure.
    This supplier actually recommend a ratio of 3.5% when using this product.

    Its not pink like most #1 cures.

    Sorry about the confusion

    Ingredients: Salt, Sodium Nitrite, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silicon Dioxide (mfg. aid). Contains: 5% Sodium Nitrite. - See more at:
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2014
  19. zalbar

    zalbar Fire Starter

    Being safe is the most important thing, however the standard cure #1/ #2 /pink salt /prague powder and percentage has always been 6.25%
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2014
  20. Dan, P.S. Seasonings in Wi and Waltons in Ks have a comercial branch/ division whatever, they will package seasoning or blend one for you, I'm sure they can wil package small amounts for you to sell. Hope this helps.


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