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Weight of cure # 1

daveomak

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NO !!! I have tested the 2 tsp. I have in the baking drawer and there is a 25% difference in weight vs. volume... A GOOD tsp. should weigh in at about 5.2-5.5 grams... The tsp. on the left comes in at ~7.5 grams... if I remember correctly..
An electronic scale can be your friend...

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Scale?
Whats a scale
 

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Thanks Dave that is what my goal is to convert everything to weight measurements instead of volume.
 

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Oh one them things i stand on and it yells at me to get the heck off. :emoji_laughing::emoji_astonished:

Is retirement making your belt too short ???
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When I retired I "HE-MANNED" up to 287... I'm coming down now.. I cut out beer... and I now wear suspenders...
 

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How did this get to a belt and suspenders thread?

Dose anyone know what the weight o a teaspoon of cure # 1 is in grams?
Very good question.
I say to ask your vendor of the pink salt due to variations of additives.
It should be around 6 grams
 

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How to check / calibrate your teaspoon using water:
1 teaspoon is supposed to be 4.93 cc
1cc of H2O = 1mL of H2O = 1g of H2O.
Therefore 1 teaspoon of water should weigh 4.93g

Once you see how (in)accurate your teaspoon is, you can toss it, or apply a scaling factor to any recipe you use it for.

But even with an accurate teaspoon, it also matters how tightly packed vs sifted ingredients are.
As an extreme example consider perfectly packed Cure#1:

Density of NaCl = 2.16 g/cc
Density of NaNO2 = 2.17 g/cc
Therefore density of Cure#1 = 2.16 g/cc

1 teaspoon is = 4.93cc

2.16g / 1cc = Xg / 4.93cc;
X=10.65g of Cure #1 per teaspoon

Realistically though, 1 teaspoon Cure#1 will weigh between around 5.5g
That’s a difference of ~50%.
 

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Polish, morning.... when measuring the density of solid materials, the space around the crystals is not included... It's a solid density....
that's why the discrepancy...
Also, depending on the salt manufacturer, volume weights can differ...

Salt Type ..........................................Weight of 1/4 cup (grams

Morton’s Table Salt..................................... 76.0
Morton Pickling Salt.................................... 74.0
La Baleine Coarse Sea Salt.........................66.8
La Baleine Fine Sea Salt............................ 64.8
Morton’s Kosher Salt.................................. 62.0
Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt..................... 45.2
Maldon Sea Salt......................................... 33.2
 

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Hi Dave,
Correct; thanks for making that point.
My calculation was for a theoretical single crystal with dimensions 1.7cm x 1.7cm x 1.7cm (i.e., a volume of 4.93cc).

It was an extreme limiting example, just to illustrate that packing efficiency makes a difference.
It's why different brands and different types of salt will have such different volume to weight ratios.
 
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