Consult the Morton Salt Home Meat Curing Guide and make up the dry cure mixture according to the weight of the meat for each roast that you have prepared Place the meat into a Food Saver Bag. Pour in the cure mixture. Using your clean hands rub the meat with the dry cure mix, getting it evenly distributed over the meat. Place one of the little spice packets you made up into the bag with the meat. Be sure that the spice packet is clean; give it a good wash under clean running water. Use the Food Saver to remove all air from the package and vacuum seal it.
Now, you do remember how thick the meat is don’t you? You measured it back in the earlier preparation step. Any way, Morton Salt recommends allowing the cure to progress for 5 days for each 1 inch of meat thickness. So my 1 ½ inch thick piece of meat pictured here should be allowed to cure for somewhere near 7 to 8 days. The time is not critical, but I would adhere to the recommended time within reason.
Very important. Label the package as to what is in it, and the date that the cure will be complete and “Ready”.
Now all you have to do is place the package into your refrigerator and wait. It’s a good idea to lay it flat in your refrigerator, and flip it over each day to make the cure work the same throughout the meat. If you skip-a-flip a day or so, it will not matter at all, but do rotate them daily if you think of it.
When you reach the “Ready” date, you may either refrigerate it for a short time, and go ahead and cook it, or you may choose to place it directly into your freezer until you are ready to cook. This is the nice part about using the Food Saver Bags. The package needs no further attention to get it ready for the freezer.
One final hint: I have found that my cook-all-day in the Crock Pot on Low setting works well if you just take the package from the freezer, put the Corned Beef (still frozen) in the Crock Pot, cover it with water or your favorite stock, and let it thaw and cook all day. Be sure that you open that convenient spice package that you made up and included in your Food Saver Package. Your kitchen is going to smell SO GOOD when you get home in the evening from work.
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