I've got 2.5 lbs of flank steak cut & curing in the Hi Mountain cure. I have used it a lot & love it. I have always let it cure the 24 hours suggested on packaging. I want to smoke something tonight. If I smoke it before the 24 hour period is complete, say after 7 hours, I would guess the "cure" process would not be completed and long term storage would not be obatainable. The thing is "long term storage" of jerky at my house never happens. It is typically gone in 2-3 days. If I smoked it after 7 hours to temps & kept it refridgerated, am I going to be safe up to the 3 day period? It seems like it would be just like refridgerating a steak or a burger. Am I missing something!