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Curing belly in ziplock bag not throwing much liquid

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I'm curing a belly for pancetta which is a pretty similar process to a bacon cure.
My question is how much liquid should the belly release as its curing? I've got it in the fridge in a ziplock bag and I used a standard salt and pink salt ratio along with spices and it's just not releasing very much liquid. I'm keeping the temp in the fridge at 38*. Thanks for any input
post #2 of 19
I can't answer your question cause I have yet to do a belly , but when I do loins for Canadian bacon I get little to no liquid
post #3 of 19
Don't panic. Fat will not release liquid, and that belly's what? 40-50% fat anyhow? A butt or loin- different story...
post #4 of 19
When you say "pink salt" are you talking about Instacure #1 ?? We recently had a member use a "pink salt" but it wasn't a cure it was a natural "pink salt" and there is a big difference. If you have indeed used Instacure #1 at the proper rate then as Rich says you may not get much liquid doing a belly
post #5 of 19
Yea What Piney says is correct
post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I was calling instacure #1 pink salt. Sorry for the confusion. Well I'm glad to not have to be concerned. The belly looks and smells great and tomorrow should be it's final day in the cure. Then it's rolled and hung for a bit. I was a bit worried about hanging it if the cure hadn't proceeded as it should. Thanks to everyone for the responses. Great to be able to have someplace to turn to for advice backed by experience.
post #7 of 19
We here like to help but at the same time we want to learn too. There's nothin like a new set of eyes looking at something in a differant way. You might just come up with something brand new.
post #8 of 19
Pancetta *drool*

Would you care to share your process or link / source to the process you are doing? I am uninformed and thus intimidated (and probably considered food safety anal) of the time spent in a 'curing chamber'...I have read some are completing this part of the process in their fridge.

PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif I look forward to learning more from your endeavor.
post #9 of 19
Same here. Thinking about doing some Pancetta. What reciepe did you use and how are you planning on handling the hanging part of the cure/drying? I may try mine in an unused upstair bath that stays pretty cool.
post #10 of 19

liquids in bag

The last belly I did was one of 8 lbs. in a vacuum saver bag. My dry rub was a little on the salty side and after 7 days there was probably 1 1/2 cups of fluid in the bag. The second time with much less salt there was a corresponding less amt of fluid about 3/4 cup. Maybe its the amt of salt? Piker
post #11 of 19
I have noticed when I use a TQ dry cure, I have more liquid in the package after a couple days than I do after the 10 or 12 day completion of the curing. That is why I never dump the liquid out until the curing time is over. I figure some of that liquid is cure that didn't do it's job yet.
But that's just my thoughts on that.

Does anyone agree with that?

post #12 of 19

curing belly bacon

I do totally as I never get rid of any liquid as I think the belly reabsorbs it by reverse osmosis or some way, Piker
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
Bearcarcer, I notice that too. After one, maybe two days there seems to be a max amount of liquid, then it must reabsorb. But when I say max it's still not a whole lot. Though this belly was pretty small too. Butchered several months earlier than usual.
post #14 of 19
If it happens again and there is not enough liquid to cover your meat you can pour a simple brine in it to help out. It's is talked about in rytek's book
post #15 of 19
Yup! Yup! Yup!
(Would have done it in one, but apparently one "Yup" isn't long enough!)
post #16 of 19
Yes Salt is the main reason. But the moisture has to come from somewhere, and you'll get almost none from the fat.
post #17 of 19
I rub mine with a mixture of salt and cure, then pour Honey or what not on it. Then I wrap it in butcher paper and cut a 11" by about 2' bag and use my Vacupack and vacumme seal it. Store in bottom of fridge for about 6 to 7 days, turning once every day. I soak in one hour water baths, and test fry between baths. Sometimes it takes only one water bath and did as many as three. The Vacumme sealing seems to evenly distributite the cure and honey. If you are using a Foodsaver be carefull not to get the liquid in your machine. If your using a vacupack just run some hot water through and clean your pump.
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
I removed the belly from the cure last night to roll, tie and hang, and there was a negligible amount of liquid. The belly was firm and seemed cured- smell great too. We'd butchered the hogs when they were quite small. Hanging weight was 100lbs, so as you might imagine the bellies were pretty thin and lean. I guess then, from general consensus here, I can assume that the small amount of liquid is directly related to the small amount of meat.
post #19 of 19
Yea That Would Be My Thoughts Also
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