sodium nitrite verses sodium nitrate

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by dannylang, Oct 7, 2015.

  1. i purchased sodium nitrate from amazon, received sodium nitrite, can i still use this product? i read that the nitrate turn into nitrite. i sent it back 1 time, got the new package, and received the same. will this do the same?

    dannylang
     
  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Danny you need to be clearer about what you are using it for. Cure #1 is sodium nitrite 
     
  3. i purchased this for homemaking snack sticks and sausage making. then smoking them.

    dannylang
     
  4. thanks richie, i bought this to make different recipes of smoked snack sticks, sausages that do not come in a box.

    dannylang
     
  5. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    danny cure #1 is what I use for sticks 

    Read this it may help you understand the dangers in using the wrong cure.

    http://www.susanminor.org/forums/showthread.php?736-Curing-Salts

    Richie
     
  6. thanks richie, thats a great page on curing salts, clears up some things about sausage making that i need to know. even bookmarked the page.

    dannylang
     
  7. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's good advice right there.

    For the snack sticks, you'll want cure #1, just make sure you use the correct amount of cure. Do it in weight, not all measuring spoons are the same, and when you're only needing a couple of grams of cure, it's best to weigh it.

    For each kilogram of meat (1000 grams) or (2.2 pounds), you need 2.5 grams of cure. That's not much so it's easy to over/under measure with a spoon.
     
  8. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    To be clear, Cure#1 is not Sodium Nitrite - it contains Sodium Nitrite at 6.25% in Sodium Chloride.
     
  9. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    BE VERY WARY ABOUT BUYING CURES FROM AMAZON OR EBAY. I have bought them too and when I have had them lab tested they have not been what they claimed. You really should only but them from a reputable supplier and then you should ask for a copy of the lab test certificate. 

    You are lucky that you could actually tell that you had not received what you requested. Often you cannot tell.
     
  10. thanks wade, this is the first and last time i will buy this from amazon. thanks

    dannylang
     

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