I am preparing to make some snack sticks, I have read several recipies here and elswehere and seen different suggestions on mixing and cureing. some recipies suggest mixing meat and cure only and let cure#1 (tq) for 1-2 days in the fridge. some say mix twice a day others say just let it sit. some say to let it cure before you mix in the other spices and others say mix it all at once. some recipies say mix all together and stuff then let sit in the fridge to cure then move on to smoking/ cooking. so my questions are as follows: 1. is there any benifit to mixing cure and meat only, letting it cure then mixing in the spices or is all at once fine? 2. when the meat mixture is cureing is it neccesary to mix it once or twice a day during the curing time? 3. is there any benifit to stuffing after curing is done or is it just as good to stuff and let it cure after stuffing? 4. when curing in a bowl should it be tighly covered (plastic wrap totally covering the meat up to the edge of the bowl)? or should it be in a sealed container with air space in the sealed container? one recipie I read even suggested covering it with cloth??? I would just like to take a second to thank all the folks on this site who have answered my questions (however uninformed they may be) with patience and such a helpful attitude! I look forward to the day when I can contribute to the training and knowledge of others from what I have learned here and the experience that comes from doing it. until then I will continue to be blessed by the helpful folks here at this website!!! THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!!