Please don't treat me like a little kid.
First of all, it's not my statement. You quoted it, therefore you stated it.
Yes, I quoted it, but I did not state it, there's a BIG difference.
"What exactly is "very misleading"? Quoting out of context is misleading.. The remainder of the discussion describes how nitrites are safer to use than nitrates."
I quoted to make a single point, that being that pure nitrite is more dangerous than pure nitrate. Nothing more, nothing less.
"Tender Quick contains both nitrite and nitrate and has been used for decades to cure all types of meats.
Yes, and it has a specific place to be used when during meats. That place has been given some leniency, granted, but it was intended to cure meats at higher than refrigerated temps..
Estimating the required amount of Nitrate is harder as it is dependent on:
Temperature (with higher temperature more nitrite is released from Nitrate).
Amount of bacteria present in meat that is needed for Nitrate to produce nitrite and here we do not have any control. The more bacteria present, the more nitrite released. Adding sugar may be beneficial as it provides food for bacteria to grow faster."
Specific place? Intended for higher temperatures? TenderQuick contains the proper amounts of nitrate and nitrite for both short term refrigerated curing and extended curing at warmer temperatures (both ground meat and whole cuts, use as directed).
Edited by SausageBoy - 2/11/12 at 4:29pm