potassium nitrate 99.9% food grade

Discussion in 'Curing' started by tx-joe-jerky, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. tx-joe-jerky

    tx-joe-jerky Newbie

    I have some potassium nitrate but I am unsure how much to use, I brought it to cure beef jerky, I believe I need to add it to regular salt. While I'm experimenting I have been making it 1 pound batches, so how much should I be using, just a few grains I was thinking....if anyone can help that would be great :)
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Joe...... Return that stuff..... You don't make jerky using nitrate for one, and that concentration is not for amateurs..... Reorder and get Cure #1 ..... it is 6.25% sodium nitrite.......
  3. tx-joe-jerky

    tx-joe-jerky Newbie

    Hi dave

    I was just thinking that, after trying to find out how to actually use this stuff I was starting to think it was a Bad idea.

    I have just brought cure 1 instead and I will use that.

    I asked the place where I got it from and they said 50g per pound of meat. Sounds really really wrong if it is what they said it was or maybe they just want to kill me!
  4. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm glad you got the #1, that 50g per pound is way off.
    Without doing the math, I'm thinking you could mix that 50g with 2 pounds of salt and then use 1 gram of the mix to a pound of meat.
    throw it out!
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If what you bought was sodium nitrite at 99%, the correct rate for a 150 Ppm final concentration would be about 6.8 grams per 100#'s meat...

    It would be pretty difficult to get a homogenous mix.....
  6. deansomers

    deansomers Smoke Blower

    I mite be missing something since I don't know a lot about curing but I thought op said he had potassium nitrate Is sodium nitrite the same thing? If it is im really confused???
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The two are not the same...... Sodium/Potassium nitrate is used for long term "Dry Curing" for meats that are not intended to be cooked..... Italian Dry Salami as one example.....
    To cure products like bacon, sausage that is to be smoked etc. nitrite is to be used.... It is fast acting on bacteria and prevents botulism in low oxygen environments.....
    I used sodium nitrite as an example because I know the calculations to add to meats based on it's molecular weight......
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2014
  8. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Also in Europe the curing salt uses soduim nitrite - sometimes mixed with sodium nitrate, although this is more common in the US. Also using the potassium salt instead of sodium will affect all of the weight calculations.

    It is good that you took Dave's advice and bought the correct cure mix. Be careful though that the potassium nitrate you purchased is not mixed up with other ingredients in your kitchen. If you are unable to return it I suggest that you relegate it to the garage for use as garden fertilizer.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2014
  9. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would also NOT recommend you using it to make gunpowder !
  10. deansomers

    deansomers Smoke Blower

    Thx people I have lots to learn.
  11. jak youssef

    jak youssef Newbie

    please  explain  to me how you calculator it because we here used different amount  

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