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Pink salt (cure) turned white

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by rexlan, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. rexlan

    rexlan Meat Mopper

    My cure is a few years old and lost the pink color.  I keep it in teh cabinet in the kitchen.

    I assume it is still OK .... what say you?
  2. It may be safe, but I would just get some more.  It is very inexpensive.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2013
  3. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Cure is dyed pink to help it blend better with meat and to prevent it from being confused with common table salt, so the dye must have faded or its not cure. I would buy some more to be sure and pitch the old stuff...... someone might think is table salt and get very sick.. IMHO
  4. rexlan

    rexlan Meat Mopper

    OK ... I have more and thought it odd.  My season salt does the same thing - starts reddish then gets real pale.
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would use it.... it doesn't break down.... repackage in a container that is properly marked and kept out of the reach of kids especially.....

    Proper disposal could be a problem... in high doses, cure #1 is very poisonous.....

    If you have a vacuum machine, package small amounts and store in your supplies box of smoking, curing stuff..... Just to be on the safe side....

  6. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Personally I would use it.  Nothing wrong with it.

    Having said that, I store my cures in a separate room and positioned where nobody else will grab them.  Way beyond the years where kids are rummaging around.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  7. I have cure #1 in a glass jar and it is at least 2 years old, I use mine and would not be afarid to use what you have.

  8. as long as its dry and not stored in a hot environment I would think it will keep for many years 
  9. wade

    wade Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    In the UK the pink salt (which often isn't pink) is shipped with a best before date of 12 months. With such a long date (which is only advisory) providing it had been kept dry and sealed I would be happy using it up to about 18 months. As aeroforce100 says - it isn't expensive so why would you take the risk?