Originally Posted by c farmer
Originally Posted by DaveOmak
If you were asking about MTQ... the chart is for ground meat.... for whole muscle I think the amount is double... You should get a Morton's book if you continue to use MTQ...
May I suggest you switch to cure #1, from any supplier, for further meat curing...
Nothing wrong with TQ.
cfarmer..... may I suggest you read up on sodium nitrate and heart diseases ....
Does the sodium nitrate in processed meat increase my risk of heart disease?
Answers from Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.
Sodium nitrate, a preservative that's used in some processed meats, such as bacon, jerky and luncheon meats, could increase your heart disease risk.
It's thought that sodium nitrate may damage your blood vessels, making your arteries more likely to harden and narrow, leading to heart disease. Nitrates may also affect the way your body uses sugar, making you more likely to develop diabetes.
And you already know that most processed meats are high in sodium and some are high in saturated fat, which can disrupt a heart-healthy diet.
If you eat meat, it's best to limit processed meat and instead choose lean, fresh meat and poultry, and keep serving sizes small. For greater heart health, consider going one step further and increasing the amount of seafood in your diet.
Cured meats are not the only sources of sodium nitrate. According to Meatsafety.org, it also occurs in some vegetables and converts into sodium nitrite whenever it comes into contact with your saliva. This conversion may also occur when sodium-containing vegetables are exposed to certain types of bacteria. According to cardiologist Dr. Martha Grogan, sodium nitrate can increase your risk of developing heart disease by damaging your blood vessels. Sodium nitrate may also raise your diabetes risk, says Grogan.
Sodium nitrite is currently used in the medical treatment of cyanide poisoning and has public health use as a curing agent. Indeed, according to Meatsafety.org, sodium nitrite works with sodium chloride, or salt, to inhibit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Clostridium botulinum is an organism that can cause fatal food poisoning. sodium nitrite is also effective against Listeria monocytogenes, another disease-causing organism. According to the National Institutes of Health, sodium nitrite also shows promise in the treatment of high blood pressure, kidney failure, heart disease and organ damage