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Home-curing Corned Beef- ? and Nitrates/Saltpeter

Chowsmurf | Mar 17, 200803:13 PM

I am going to try my hand at home-curing some corned beef for my boyfriend's birthday celebration. I am seeing a whole lot of back-and-forth on the situation with including sodium nitrate. I understand it will keep the pink color, but, my question is this: Some "natural" producers that I have seen around the web have pink corned beef. Is there another way to keep it pink? I know that sodium nitrate is pretty much naturally-occurring, so I assume you can be BOTH organic and have nitrates? Anyone have experience with using it or curing your own corned beef at home?

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