I finally have some pork belly to play with - it's been a long long time (don't ask, but it involves living in a motor home) and I'm really excited. Somewhere in our belongings I have some pink salt that I've had for about 5 years. Last time I saw it it wasn't really pink anymore (I know it's just a dye) but I'm wondering if it goes bad? I couldn't find any pink salt around here so I grabbed a bag of Morton Tender Quick.
I like to dry cure my bacon, and we do use some heat when smoking. I guess my question is can I use the Tender Quick for a dry cure . . . or should I freeze the bellies and order some pink salt? Or is my 5 or 6 year old pink salt still good (if I can find it again!). There are a lot of advantages to living in a motor home, storage & convenience are not on the list! We bought a Masterbuilt digital electric smoker last year and absolutely love it.
Thanks in advance! I know you all will come through - as usual with great answers!