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Need help Setting up cure fridge

mr crab

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I have a brand new 3.2cu.ft. thermo electric mini fridge. It is holding a pretty steady temp of 50deg. I was thinking about trying my first project (lonzino) by just adding an Eva dry dessicant pack. Anyone try a simple setup like this? Or should I just go ahead and get an inkbird with humidity control and an electric dehumidifier?
 

bradger

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I would buy a cheap cut and give it a shot, like maybe buy one get one free deal.
 

daveomak

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A pan of distilled water with the appropriate salt, will hold humidity fairly constant..
Salt will hold at about 76% Rh... I would use a coarse rock salt..... For Great charcuterie, around 80% Rh is the target and +/- 4 months to finish the process.. Temp+/- 55F is the target also...

Humidity Chart 1 001.jpg
 

Lonzinomaker

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I used a salt bath like Daveomak for several of my first Lonzino. My first mistake was to dry to fast. You want to let moisture move from center of meat to outside. If it dries to fast you will get a hard rind and center won't dry.
 

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