I started with an 11 pound belly. Paid $2.20 a pound. I skinned it, removed silver skin, measured out cure #1 and rubbed it in good. I sealed them in vac pac but I did not suck all the air out. Started getting some juice in about a day and a half. Put in the frig at 37 degrees. I massaged the packs each day. I ended up pulling them on the 6th day and adding some salt and sugar. I wrapped them in saran wrap. Back in frig and massage each day. Tenth day I removed them, rinsed them, soaked in cold water for an hour, and did fry test. Fantastic! I then patted them dry and back in frig overnight. More to come.