Dumb question on bacon

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by djohn312, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. djohn312

    djohn312 Fire Starter

    Another Newbie question, all right I took a peice of pork loin got it for 1.89 a pound, rubbed it with tender quick and brown sugar and put it in a vac bag, now for the question does it cut down on the time in the fridge since it is vaccumed or is it going to be the same amount of time.
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    One moment pleeze...
  3. djohn312

    djohn312 Fire Starter

    Thanks for the link Rich.
  4. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I know in the manual for my foodsaver it says 20 mins in a vac sealer bag or container is the sam as letting it marinate over night in the fridge........If I remember right my manual had a chart that showed time comparsion to vac saeled and fridge.....Might be able to find that chart on foodsavers site........I know in my experiance it does speed up the process on marinating meats.............Just my two cents....By the way there are no dumb questions around here............We are all still learning and more then like we always will be............
  5. pgeobc

    pgeobc Fire Starter

    Allow me to interject a little of my experience with both vac-packed and non-vac-packed curing.

    Regular curing (non-vac variety) is sufficient and has been for a long time. However, the meat is cured simply by having the salt/cure diffuse into the meat at a rate of its choosing. In addition, the surface of the meat darkens, due to an oxidative process; this process in no way harms the meat and disappears with cooking usually.

    Vacuum packaging does allow the cure to penetrate the meat more quickly and, when using nitrite based cures, allows the meat to cure more quickly. Because the process excludes air/oxygen from the package, the surface of the meat does not darken, retaining a more pleasing initial color.

    I use vac-packing mostly for Corned Beef, where I consider a nice color to be a real plus, both from a cosmetic standpoint and from a technical standpoint. I leave my briskets in the vac bag for 1 days per pound and it has seemed to be entirely adequate so far. However, a 1.5 day per pound cure would do no harm, because with Corned Beef, one can change the cooking water if it is too salty. BTW, I usually use Morton's TQ, too.

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