I had plans to make nitrate/nitrite/saltpeter free corned beef and pastrami with a recipe similar to this: http://blog.junbelen.com/2010/03/15/how-to-make-corned-beef-brisket-nitrate-free-at-home/ After brining for a week, i took out the first brisket and put it in the crockpot with spices. It had very little corned beef flavor. So I left the other brisket in brine, with hopes of making pastrami, and it has been in the fridge for a few more weeks. Time has gotten away from me with the holidays. After how many weeks would you say throw it out?