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Please Tell Me Why My Corned Beef Didn't Turn Pink

bergenski | Mar 17, 201802:15 PM     1

7 days ago I was putting a brisket into its brine with 2 tablespoons of saltpetre (potassium nitrate). I accidentally spilled about half of the brine onto the floor. But I was tired so I left the brisket in what was remaining of the brine (it was still submerged) and the next day I made a new batch of brine. When I went to replace the old brine with the new brine I noticed the brine it had turned bright red. I threw out the old brine and put the brisket into the new brine. Today I cook my brisket and it did not turn pink at all. I am very disappointed as I went out of my way for the saltpetre. Anyone know why it happened?

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