old cure

Discussion in 'Curing' started by pabs, Feb 21, 2015.

  1. pabs

    pabs Newbie

    I found some old curing salt. Any suggestions on what would be safest way to get rid of it? Thanks.
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It will be fine to use.... It is a salt.... salts don't break down with age.... Does it have a label on it so you know what cure it is....
  3. pabs

    pabs Newbie

    it was morton  tenderquick. I called and they said not to use it. it has nitrites, nitrates, and propylene glycol. I forgot to ask how to get rid off.
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Does it have a "best by use date".....
  5. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Get rid of it in sausage of course!  

    Never heard of cure expiring.  And Tenderquick is just salt, cure & sugar.  What's to expire?  I suspect they have "expiration" and "best buy" dates to comply with FDA regulations.  I guess it depends on how it was stored.  If it was exposed to open air and moisture cycles there may be something to that date thing as the cure may have activated and no longer be viable?  If it was in a tightly closed container, I say use it.

    On a side note about expiration dates, some years back when I was working at the Sheriff's Office we were moving some stuff out of storage in the basement of the courthouse.  Found several cartons of Civil Defense canned food and water from the early 1960's in a room that was part of an old Civil Defense fallout shelter.   One of the brave (or foolish) guys opened a can of meat (spam) and it looked and smelled like spam I would have bought yesterday.  Then he tasted it and said it was fine.  He even chased it with a can of water.  Never got sick, either.   Those items had a canned date on them but did not have "expiration" dates.  Guess that was before the FDA required that sort of thing.  I figure that stuff had been there since 1961 or 1962 based on the other stuff we found sitting on top of the boxes.  The crackers were stale smelling even though their metal can was sealed.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2015
  6. pabs

    pabs Newbie

    I  empted it into a jar when I had used it. I taped some info on jar but their was no date. probably because too old. Morton  said since   I did that  it may not be good. anyway I think I had rather not use it. I just need to know what would be best way to dispose of it if anyone knows.
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wash it down the drain. Dump it in the toilet and flush. There's nothing in it that can't be washed down the drain.

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