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Cure weight for pickling question
I am trying to understand the weight of cure used and ingoing ppm of nitrite.
For example the country brown sugar cure is 0.75% nitrite (by mass I assume).
It is recommended that 1.52 lbs (689.5 grams) of this cure be used per gallon (3.786 liters) water for pickling bacon.
Here is the problem I am having:
689.5 grams cure x 0.0075 nitrite content = 5.17 grams of nitrite per 1.52 lbs of cure.
adding this to one gallon of water gives a nitrite concentration (per liter) of:
5.17 grams nitrite /3.786 liters per gallon = 1.366 grams nitrite per liter which is much higher than the stated 120 ppm ingoing nitrite which would be 0.120 grams nitrite per liter of water not 1.366 grams per liter I calculated.
Can anyone spot where am I going wrong in my calculations?
Help!
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RE: Cure weight calculation problem
thanks, Aaron. The problem/question I have about the calls for pickling brine aren’t addressed in your spreadsheet. For most recipes the salt, sugar, and spices are scalable (twice the volume you double the ingredients) but the nitrite concentrations are not scalable in this way. Nitrite concentration depends on how much meat you are going to put into a volume of brine and those values also depend on how long the meat will need to cure in the brine. Injections certainly shorten the time needed for curing as well as the use of accelerants. I’m hoping to figure out how these calculations are made so I can adapt the pickling recipe to use other premixed cures that contain different nitrite concentrations for curing bacon and hocks.

RE: Cure weight calculation problem
processhead That certainly is possible since these wet brine/pickling processes are mostly based on equilibrium curing. If that is indeed the case then the weight of the meat might need to be factored into the equation as part of the ‘whole curing system’. Since the meat will essentially be ‘pulling’ nitrite out of the pickle at some point an equilibrium point is reached with an overall reduction in nitrite over the entire system, i.e., cure + water+meat. Now the question seems to be pointing at how much meat can be put into a pickle and achieve complete curing as well as confirmation that this is the right approach for this type of calculation.

RE: Cure weight calculation problem
alanburkholder I don’t think it is the volume increase that needs to be factored as I think it would be a small amount in compasrison to mass which I forgot to include. You did make me realize that I need to account for the mass (weight) of the water in addition to the mass of the cure.
Now when I do that I add the 689.5 grams of cure + 3786 grams of water = 4475 grams total.
Using my previous result of 5.17 grams of nitrite in the 689.5 grams of cure I get this:
5.17 grams nitrite /4475 grams (cure+water) = 0.0012 grams nitrite per gram of cure mix. Multiply that by 1000 grams to get it to kilograms we get 1.2 grams nitrite per kilogram cure which, while closer, is still 10X over what I should be seeing.
Obviously, I am still missing some factor that is giving me this inflated result, i.e., parts per thousand (ppt) versus parts per million (ppm). I’m trying to figure this out because I bought several cures I want to use as a pickle and they all contain different amounts of nitrite concentration.

RE: Cure weight calculation problem
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Cure weight for pickling question
I am trying to understand the weight of cure used and ingoing ppm of nitrite.
For example the country brown sugar cure is 0.75% nitrite (by mass I assume).
It is recommended that 1.52 lbs (689.5 grams) of this cure be used per gallon (3.786 liters) water for pickling bacon.
Here is the problem I am having:
689.5 grams cure x 0.0075 nitrite content = 5.17 grams of nitrite per 1.52 lbs of cure.
adding this to one gallon of water gives a nitrite concentration (per liter) of:
5.17 grams nitrite /3.786 liters per gallon = 1.366 grams nitrite per liter which is much higher than the stated 120 ppm ingoing nitrite which would be 0.120 grams nitrite per liter of water not 1.366 grams per liter I calculated.
Can anyone spot where am I going wrong in my calculations?
Help!

Cure weight calculation problem
I am trying to understand the weight of cure used and ingoing ppm of nitrite.
For example the country brown sugar cure is 0.75% nitrite (by mass I assume).
It is recommended that 1.52 lbs (689.5 grams) of this cure be used per gallon (3.786 liters) water for pickling bacon.
Here is the problem I am having:
689.5 grams cure x 0.0075 nitrite content = 5.17 grams of nitrite per 1.52 lbs of cure.
adding this to one gallon of water gives a nitrite concentration (per liter) of:
5.17 grams nitrite /3.786 liters per gallon = 1.366 grams nitrite per liter which is much higher than the stated 120 ppm ingoing nitrite which would be 0.120 grams nitrite per liter of water not 1.366 grams per liter I calculated.
Can anyone spot where am I going wrong in my calculations?
Help!

RE: Lost a freezer last night
YooperDog Oops…kinda let that slip out…nothin to see here…move along now…lol

RE: Lost a freezer last night
Quite a bit late to the game but in my experience outside of a leak of refrigerant in the system the start capacitor likely went out. These are fairly cheap parts to replace and an easy, and fairly cheap diagnostic tool is something like a Supco RCO410 Start Kit (for 1/41/3 hp compressors for $1215.00. You can also use these as replacement parts to keep the freezer running or purchase the correct start capacitor for your model once you have established that the freezer will run with the above installed (about a 15 mni project). I have saved many home freezers over the years checking to see what has gone wrong when a freezer takes a dive. I have 9 freezers running right now to hold the pork and poultry we raise as well as storing a buddy’s (who is off grid) frozen eat.