I have been stocking up on good jerky beef when I spot it cheap in the store. Anyway, I'm about ready to try it for the first time and none of the local stores (I have called and visited several) seem to carry Tenderquick (the nearest store, according to the Mortons website, is about an hour away from me). Plus, all the online sources I've found charge more for shipping than for the actual product. Anyway, I have seen several recipes online that don't use a cure anyway. I'm not expecting the jerky to sit on my shelf for weeks, I would imagine it would be eaten up in a few days and I would have no problem storing it in the fridge. Should I skip the cure?