So my big resolution of the year is to try my hand at foie gras and charcuterie.
I am looking around a bit and was working on the recipe for foie gras torchon from Thomas Keller and Eleven Madison Park cookbook.
Mom has her own recipe, but I am not super fan of it so I wanted to see what the pro do.
Both recipes call for pink curing salt. It seems that is a standard ingredients in charcuterie (keeping the meat pink) and is made of salt plus nitrites (which is toxic apparently).
I am in France, so my research led me to Sel nitrité., but maybe there is a safer option in the US.
The idea of spending time making homemade products (foie gras, coppa, cured duck) and using possible toxic stuff is not super exciting.
So can i get your opinions/experience on this?
It sounds like it is also a preservative so obviously I might need it. but I also read there could be some substitutes (2-1 salt/sugar mix).
Advices appreciated. I will be going to G Detou next weekend while in Paris and need to figure out what I will get there.