is meat tenderizer a cure?

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by lennyluminum, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. I have been to 3 stores and can not find morton tender quick but I have some meat tenderizer at home. are they the same thing?
  2. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Is there a Bass Pro Shop in St. Pete? They have cure#1 there.
  3. no the closest one is 2hr away
  4. jalan43

    jalan43 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    If you order cure No. 1 from our sponser The Sausage Maker you can have it in two days and never leave the house!
  5. ya but the 2 day shipping is $25
  6. Meat tenderizer isn't the same thing.
    I get my Cure #1 from Butcher & Packer.
  7. Last edited: Apr 3, 2012
  8. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    no they are not the same.

    Most tenderizer is MSG and papin.
  9. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    As you have been told.  Tenderizer is not a cure!  Be safe!

    Mortons did a bad thing naming it Tenderquick. 

    Good luck and good smoking.
  10. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    hey lenny,

    if you want morton's and can wait...goto publix and have them order a case for you. i did this. took about 8 weeks but a whole case came in. i bought 2 bags and they kept the case for me. went back about 6 months later and they still had it so bought 2 more.

    they will order stuff for free.
  11. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    Hey Lenny, looks like you got a source for cure #1

    After looking high and low for TQ or any  cure for that matter I ordered TQ and cure #1 from the Great American Spice Co.  and then just the other day I was in a Grate Grills and More in Oldsmar and they had TQ so if you are interested in TQ as well call some of the grill stores to see if they have it.
  12. yep picked it up today $ 0.85 an oz got me 2 oz of the pink gold.

    how much of the #1 cure per lb of meat (deer)?
  13. Just to add, tenderquick and cure #1in are not the same either. Just to avoid any confusion. Also, I have a local meat market here that will sell me casings, cures and such if I need something in a hurry. Might be something to try in your area.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2012
  14. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Don't go any further!  Before you do anything, let us know what your recipe is, if it's sausage or wet curing or dry curing, combination curing, etc!   Curing meat can be dangerous and make you sick, or in extreme cases of ingesting too much, you can die from it.  If you're not sure what you're doing or trying to substitute one cure for another (Cure #1 for Tenderquick or vice versa), please let us help you with it so everything will come out ok!  

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