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Brown Cure Packets

PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:38 pm
by Emmett

I'm new to the forum. I look forward to participating in sausage-making discussions.

Currently I have a question I hope someone can help me answer.

I'm about to cure some Canadian bacon and need a quantity of pink salt cure. I don't have enough on hand but I DO have many packets of "Cure" from sausage kits. It's brown in color and has "CURE" and "PAQUET De SAUMRE" stamped on the packets.

Can I use this instead of pink salt?

Best Regards,


Re: Brown Cure Packets

PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:17 pm
by captain wassname
I found this

but it says the cure is cream.
You would be best getting in touch with the manufacturers and finding out what percentage of nitrite or nitrate is in the cure then we can advise.


Re: Brown Cure Packets

PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:16 pm
by onewheeler
Are you sure it's not "paquet de saumure"? Saumure is brine, although Wikipedia suggests it may sometimes be used for a mix of sodium chloride and potassium nitrate.

"Dans l'industrie agro-alimentaire, la saumure contient environ 18 % de sel (chlorure de sodium et nitrate de potassium), 2 à 3 % de saccharose et des polyphosphates de sodium. La transformation du nitrate en nitrite est à l'origine de la couleur des jambons. La saumure est souvent utilisée en charcuterie sous forme d'injections, soit dans les muscles, soit dans les veines, préalablement à l'immersion. Pour les jambons cuits, on utilise une saumure fraîche ensemencée de souches sélectionnées."


Re: Brown Cure Packets

PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:30 pm
by wheels
If it's a seasoning from the Hi Mountain company, then the ingredients are here:

The sausage ones are here:

It depends on the type of sausage the seasoning is for, as to whether it contains cure.



Re: Brown Cure Packets

PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:23 am
by NCPaul
If you are not sure of what you have, cure or seasoning, and are not sure of the nitrite content, I'd pitch them out, freeze the meat and try when you have everything in hand. Welcome to the forum. :D