to cold for cure ?

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by mark bacon, Jan 5, 2015.

  1. mark bacon

    mark bacon Fire Starter

    I have 72 lbs of pork bellies curing.  Now that it is much colder in the garage ( at or very close to freezing ) I have noticed that the bellies that are dry brining are not kicking out the amount of liquid they did when the garage / fridge was in the mid 40s.

    Do I need to cure longer, bring the temp up, add water to wet brine or just leave as is and not worry about it ?
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    When curing meats, the temp should be around 38-41 degrees.... cure won't work below 28 degrees and the closer it gets to 28, the slower it works....
  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Similar to what Dave said, I figure it's not good to be outside of the 34° to 40° range.

    I keep my meat curing fridge at 37°-38° all the time.

  4. Dave and Bear have you covered.

    Happy smoken.

  5. mark bacon

    mark bacon Fire Starter

    Thanks guys, I guess I need to warm the meat up a bit.  I will pick up a thermometer for the garage to see what the temp is in there.  Beer isn't frozen, but it is nice and cold.  I will let things cure for a few extra days since I probably put the bacon into hibernation.....  

    this week looks brutal here.  Right now at noon it is 2 in South Bend, and temps are going to be -7 to 17 the rest of the week, so unless garage fridge can act as a heater, I better bring meat into house fridge.

    Boy is my wife going to be overjoyed when I start tossing vegetables to make room for curing bacon.....
  6. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I dry cure my bacon between 35-37 F (2-3 C) and it cures within 10 days. I would not let it go below that though.

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