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Cure question

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by dougmays, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. dougmays

    dougmays Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Soon i'm going to do my first jerky smoke...but i have a question about cure.  Is the general rule of thumb that if i use a cure then i dont have to worry at all about spoilage? 

    so if i have cure in my marinade and smoke it...i can put it in ziplocks and keep out with out worrying about it spoiling? or are there still precautions to look out for even with cure?
  2. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    cured met can spoil, if you are doing jerky then you will be removing water the water that bacteria needs to grow.
  3. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now I have looked and read the bottom link to the curing meat sections and it should really be a requiement before alot of folks start curing anything. That stuff can be dangerous for sure. 
  5. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The cure in jerky is to protect against bacteria growth due to the excessive amount of time it takes to dry the meat while in the danger zone. Although it also aids in preserving the meat, the main reason for the cure is to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria while it is drying..... and cure should always be used with caution and measured twice. It can be very harmful if used incorrectly. There is a ton of info on the forum about curing and jerky making.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2010
  6. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    What Dave said!

  7. dougmays

    dougmays Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    thanks for all the replies...so the cure is for the drying process.  so is the meat safe once its fully cooked....meaning can i leave it out on the counter in ziplocks? put in fridge? freezer?

    should it not matter what happens to it because its been cooked properly?