Natural Planet Instacure #1 Question

Discussion in 'Curing' started by gltrap54, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. gltrap54

    gltrap54 Newbie

    I have a 14 oz bag of cure that is unopened......... It has turned yellow in color & I'm wondering if it's still OK to use........ Anyone experience this? TIA!
     
  2. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I would definitely not use it. Never experienced what you've described.
     
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It is fine..... The dye has been compromised from light or heat or something.... You can't compromise Sodium Nitrite when storing it in a home in a sealed container... Store it in the dark, in a cool place.... I wrap mine in foil as an added safety precaution.... Don't want the grandkids finding it...
     
  4. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Not being a smart butt.... how do you know it's fine?
     
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What could happen to it, that would change it from sodium nitrite to some other molecular compound... that's like saying, "If you leave your salt (sodium chloride) in the kitchen cabinet it won't be salt and will change to something else"....

    The natural color of sodium nitrite is "yellowish".... It is hygroscopic and will absorb moisture from the air.... It needs to be sealed tightly and probably kept in a light free container to avoid the dye from breaking down....

    When you add it to a liquid, brine as an example, it is still sodium nitrite and perfectly good for curing meats...
     
  6. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    As  Dave says. It's good. All you're seeing is the dye breaking down. Don't worry about it.
     
  7. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Considering the main reason for its use, price per/lb, I would by some new cure.

    I'm not a chemist nor do I have a crystal ball.....  "to each his own".
     
  8. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well, Since I worked in a Quality Assurance / Technical Department Laboratory for 27 years, you can probably take what I say however you want.... I'm not in the habit of giving out "bad" advice... I do make errors on occasion.... but I will correct them with an explanation when that happens.... There is no need for any corrections on this thread....
     
  9. gltrap54

    gltrap54 Newbie

    Thanks so much folks! While I've been a meat smoker for decades, it's only recently I've started wet curing  fresh hams. General consensus seems to be in favor of using it, so that's what I'll do..... My first bag of cure was Uncle Jed's & I just finished it today (2-20# hams). It has been in the same spice cabinet as the Natural Planet cure & has remained pink........ sooo I was reluctant to use the Natural Planet that's unopened, but yellow......
     
  10. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Dave, I do respect your opinion(s).

    I just don't understand how anyone can be so sure of a critical product's quality/effectiveness they've never seen, inspected or know anything of its past other than it turned yellow. Obviously for some reason the OP's cure isn't normal. The reason for it may very well be what you have stated. Could there be any other reason(s)?
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2014
  11. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Let me put it this way.  What you have is salt, and sodium nitrite. These chemical compounds are stable. Heck, if you could find some 1000 yrs old.... still good, they don't change. Now, the pink colour that is added is a vegetable dye. It can change, but that doesn't matter because the salt doesn't allow bacteria to grow, that's why we use it as a cure. Look, if you're not comfortable... toss it. You have a choice. You came here and asked for advice.

    Oh wait, you weren't the one asking.  Sorry, my bad.
     
  12. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nobody is perfect. You're forgiven!
     
  13. gltrap54

    gltrap54 Newbie

    Dayuum.... Rough forum here!!!! LOL It's the Christmas shopping that has everyone pissed off... Bawahahah...
     
  14. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I have a question. Is this natural planet cure the one that is made from celery extract or is it actually cure #1? I have seen somewhere there is a company selling sodium free cure. Just curious. I suppose I could google it. I did, never mind. Sorrry
     
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2014
  15. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    [​IMG]  Not pi$$ed at this end.

    To whom it may concern..... Merry Christmas! [​IMG]

    [​IMG]  I hope the cure didn't turn yellow for the same reason snow does...... bad doggie! 
     

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