Fridge problem

Discussion in 'Food Safety' started by maiko, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. maiko

    maiko Newbie

    Just put a large pork belly into a wet cure last night. Unfortunately, it looks like the freezer section didn't get closed all the way and the lower fridge warmed up overnight. Belly was at 59 degrees this morning. Is the cure enough protection or do I need to toss it out?
  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    PM sent to Chef Jimmy J...he'll know exactly what to ask you and how to direct you.

    Did you check actual brine and belly temps with a probe to verify, or was that the fridge temp? If fridge temp, the brine/belly would have been quite a bit cooler, at least for several hours.

    For now, keep it cold and your finger off the may still be salvageable.

  3. maiko

    maiko Newbie

    It's actually the meat temp.  The fridge is struggling even now to get back into normal range with the heat here.  I'm adding some ice to get it down (to the freezer compartment).
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sorry to be seeing this late. I moved to a very rural area and have been without WiFi 8 days...Though not optimal, a properly made brine with cure should be fine in the 50's. Get it refrigerated below 40 and see what things smell like when complete. The Nose will tell you if it went south...JJ

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