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Making my own Salt Beef...
« on: 19 October, 2016, 07:06:15 PM »

Years ago I made some tasty Salt Beef from scratch...but I've long since forgotten the recipe I used back then. Now I've found a brand new recipe but the worrying thing about this new recipe is that it calls for 50 grams of Saltpetre to go in the brine! Saltpetre? As in gunpowder!?!?!

I did not use Saltpetre back then - and everything still turned out perfectly fine. With all this in mind (and before I start filling the bath up with brine and brisket) I have a couple of small questions to ask...

What does Saltpetre do in the Salt Beef brine? What is the Saltpetre actually for?

Where can I buy Saltpetre? (I haven't seen it anywhere on my local supermarkets' shelves.)

Is the 50g of Saltpetre totally optional? (Can I simply leave it out like I did last time?)

Is there a good alternative that I can substitute for the Saltpetre?

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