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Post by polgara on 16th March 2010, 8:17 pm

I have a piece of belly pork that is sitting in brine in my fridge, how long do I need to leave before I can use it please.
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 16th March 2010, 9:01 pm

How big is the belly pork in terms of weight and thickness?
What strength is the brine?
What do you want the end result to be - ie cooking bacon or breakfast bacon and how to you intend keeping it thereafter?

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Post by polgara on 16th March 2010, 9:06 pm

Only small as it is a trial
About 2ins thick
10oz salt to a pint of water & pork is covered by the brine.
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Slice and then keep in fridge as it is a small amount & we like bacon or if I do a bigger bit then in freezer.

Suggestions always welcome Billy

Hope all is well with Mrs R & the newest member of the family I am sure Leo & Bea are thrilled to bits.
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Post by Luath on 17th March 2010, 12:31 am

I use 1 oz salt to a pint of water, 5 - 6 days in fridge; take out, wrap in clean tea towel for 24 hours, then ready to slice and use/freeze

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 17th March 2010, 7:50 am

I use about 7 oz salt per pint for a basic brine, plus 5g of saltpetre.

A small piece of belly - say less than 2kg - I would probably cure for only 48 hours if it was for immediate consumption/freezing.

I have reduced my curing times as I find the bacon unpalatably salty if it is in the brine for too long, and as I feed children I prefer a milder bacon - although we do smoke it for up to 2 weeks which adds a lot of flavour.

The easiest thing to do is cut off a small slice, rinse it and fry it up to taste - if it is not 'baconey' enough to your taste then pop the rest back in for another 24 hrs or however long you feel.

If it has been in too long and dessicating your mouth on tasting, you can soak it in clean water for a day or so, changing the water every 8 hours and it will desalt it a bit, although I find it is easier to work form the other end of the scale.

Good luck. I want bacon and eggs for breakfast now.

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Post by polgara on 17th March 2010, 11:51 am

Thanks both will give it a go.
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Post by polgara on 18th March 2010, 8:54 am

WOW. Have just cooked off a small slice of the bacon, & was I impressed. A tad too salty, but will soak it a bit. So just a bit of belly pork & some salt & water & I have BACON.

What does the salt petre do Billy?

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 18th March 2010, 9:12 am

The saltpetre fixes the colour - so it stays nice and pink rather than fading to a slightly greyish brown, although this is a purely cosmetic thing obviously.
There is much debate as to whether it contributes to the preserving of the meat. The modern wisdom is that it does not, but I am sceptical about this and continue to use it.

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Post by polgara on 20th March 2010, 8:52 am

Today I had a proper breakfast with my own BACON. I was really happy with it & will certainly make some more. I can`t believe it was so easy.

Thanks for the help.
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