Hello all, I started the cure on 2 bellies today, Used the cure calculator, thanks Al Blanchard. I used just Brn sugar, salt, and cure #1. I am going to yse Apple for smoking with my amns, If this turns out, I will try other spices and different woods for the smoke. My camera is on strike, and being a senior citizen on a fixed.... You have heard it all before, I will get a new camera asap, and do Q-view than. I did vacuum seal them and they are in the fridge, is about 14 days ok for curing? I think I remember that amount of time. Thanks for reading. Steve
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Martin, The thinnest part on the bellies is about 1 inch, the thickest part is about 2.5 inches. Hope they shouls be done in 14 days, already some juioce comming out. I have them skin down in the fridge. They will be gently massaged daily. Should I turn them over after their massage or leave them meat side up the whole time? Thanks for your quick response. Steve
I think so too, Alesia. I am following his instructions. At day 3 I have some juice in the bag, and it is taking on a bit of cured color. Hopefully I will have a replacement camera to take some pics before it is done. Steve
Today the bellies came out of the cure. Did a test fry, it was a bit too salty, so soaked for 30 min in cold water. Dried off and hung in cold smoker. This was done at 11:30. At 7pm filled Amns with apple dust and lit. In the smoker for an overnight smoke, hopefully I will get some pics tomorrow morning after the smoke. Steve
Sliced the bacon last night, I got a comercial slicer from a restaurant supply store here that is going out of business for $60.62. The bacon sliced very nice, it had a good sweet smoke smell from the apple wood I used in the AMNS, Thanks, Todd, and the taste was to die for. Got 6 pounds of slices, 1 pound of ends and pieces from just over 8 pounds of bellie. I will not buy store bacon except in emergencies. Now i want to do some BBB, should I look for a boneless butt or bone my own? Than CB, Boy this just keeps growing, I love it. Thanks for reading, still no camera, sorry, Next month it is in the budget for sure, I got to show everyone what I have learned here from all of you! Steve
Cheers, peace and bacon grease,
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