Ham Time In The Brine

Discussion in 'Curing' started by shusswap, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. shusswap

    shusswap Newbie

    So I screwed up with my planning calendar. I’m set to put a fresh 20 lb ham in the brine tomorrow BUT will be going away for 10 days 2 days before the ham should be taken out of the brine. My reading of Pops thread on brining a ham suggests that I can brine for up to 40 days. Is there going to be a problem (other than soaking to manage saltyness) if I leave the ham in the brine for 23 days until I am back?
     
  2. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Are you using Pop's brine? My understanding from all of @Pops6927 posts is that his brine is an "equilibrium" brine so the meat will never get over the allowed Nitrite level allowing it to sit in the brine for longer if needed.

    I think 23 days might be a little short for a 20 lb ham anyways.
     
  3. smokerjim

    smokerjim Meat Mopper

    there should be no problem,i would think a 20lb. should have to be brined at 23 days any way.
     
  4. smokerjim

    smokerjim Meat Mopper

    sorry bmaddox we must of been posting at same time.
     
  5. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Not a problem. Happens all the time. 
     
  6. shusswap

    shusswap Newbie

    Yes, I'm using Pop's brine.  Both your posts reminded me not to mix one recipe/process with another.  I was concerned because I was applying the 2lbs/day rule of another wet cured ham recipe.  Stick with the program Phil!
     
  7. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just watch for a ropy brine.

    I cured some bone in loin for 23 days.

    I had to change out the brine once.
     
  8. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    With Pop's brine I don't think you would want to change it out. If you are working towards an equilibrium between the brine and the meat and go and change the brine you are introducing more sodium nitrite into the solution (at least that is how I understand it, hopefully @Pops6927  will chime in).
     
  9. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I had the same question. 

    Here is some of the Pm's

    When I changed the brine I put all the salt and sugar in it again with the cure.

    Will that make it to salty and sweet?

    That bascially doubled the recipe.

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    Pops6927
    Nov 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    No, the proportions of the brine did not change.  You replaced like with like.

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    c farmer
    Nov 19, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    But its like doubling the recipe?

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    Pops6927
    Nov 19, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    No, the proportions of the brine did not change.  
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2015
  10. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I did a 20lber last year and 28 days was my target. It turned out excellent. A 20lb ham is a very large piece of meat to cure so do an extra good job of injecting it.
     
  11. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    No, changing out the brine does not affect anything.  It's not the brine, it's the meat that is reaching an equilibrium.
     
  12. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Thanks for the clarification Pops. I haven't had a need to change out the brine yet but it is good to know I can.
     

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