Curing container

Discussion in 'Curing' started by jetlinkin, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. Question for all you curing gurus. I would like to make some corned beef / pastrami. I have a 18 lb packer cut. I plan to follow the recipes here on the forums. I have a large stainless steel food pan that is 12" deep. This is a commercial food tray used on steam table buffets or cold prep lines in a kitchen. Can I just cure the meat directly in this tray for ~14 days and seal the top with plastic wrap, or do I need to put the meat in a large ziplock bag. I'm concerned with the brine reacting with the metal container, but have been told that because it is a food grade stainless steel that I do not have to worry.

    Thank you for your thoughts.
  2. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You're good to go.

    Stainless Steel, glass or food grade plastic is fine. It's non reactive. 
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2016
  3. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Don't seal it to tight,you have to be able to turn the meat over in the brine.

  4. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You should be OK in the stainless steel but it does depend on its quality. Some of the cheaper stainless containers (Chinese) can be fairly low quality though - even though they are sold as food quality. If you want to be sure, you can put it in the ziplock bag if you have one that is big enough.
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    In my opinion, the zip lock bag is the way to go. Hefty makes some really large ones.

  6. Well I was able to find some XL zip lock bags.  They are labeled as 10 gallon.  I called Johnson & Johnson and they stated that they are food grade, even though the pictures on the package show clothing in the bags.  I am going to use the bags in the stainless steel container and let it cure in the fridge.  My plan is to start this next weekend, and I will put up a thread with lots of pics.  Thank you all for your input.  I can't wait to see how this turns out.
  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looking forward to seeing that thread.


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