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Curing Salt (Prague Powder #1)

Curing Salt (Prague Powder #1)
Curing Salt (Prague Powder #1)
Curing Salt (Prague Powder #1) Curing Salt (Prague Powder #1)

Curing Salt (Prague Powder #1)

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Prague Powder #1 is used for curing meat that only needs a short cure before it is cooked, like a sausage, hot dog, or bacon. Federal guidelines for Prague Powder #1 mandate that it contains 6.25% sodium nitrite and 93.75% salt, with a small amount of pink food coloring added as a distinguishing feature, so it will not be confused with regular-use salt.

For thousands of years, people preserved meat in salt to keep it viable and edible during lean times. Curing salt inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungus during the preservation process, while helping the meat maintain ideal color and flavor. Bacteria need moisture to thrive, and salt, through the process of osmosis, draws moisture out of meat, creating an environment that is not conducive to bacterial growth. Sodium nitrite bonds with myoglobin in the meat and creates a chemical reaction that turns cured meat its distinctive pink color; without nitrites, bacon would be brownish gray. The presence of nitrites in food has seen some controversy in recent years because it can be dangerous to consume in large quantities. Most of the nitrites we consume—upwards to 80% of the total—come from plants, which draw them out of the ground while they grow. In moderate quantities, nitrites can help dilate blood vessels, which in turn lowers blood pressure, and they can support immune response in fighting infections.


Tips From Our Kitchen


Use Prague Powder #1 when making short-term cured items, like lox, items that are going to be brined, like corned beef, or items that will be cooked when the curing is complete, like bacon or sausage. Use 1 level teaspoon of curing salt per 5 lbs. of ground meat. 1 lb. of curing salt can be used to process approximately 480 lbs. of meat.

There is also Prague Powder #2, which is used for long-term dry curing; meats that require Prague Powder #2 are things like hard salami, country ham, and prosciutto.

The two curing salts are not interchangeable, so it is crucial that you use the correct curing salt for your meat curing needs.

Curing salts are not for daily use.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate0.0g0%

Dietary Fiber0.0g0%

Total Sugars0.0g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

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8 total ratings.

Michael W. (Verified buyer) 01/28/2022
an awesome product in making an awesome product in making my jerky

Duane M. (Verified buyer) 02/24/2021
Great Spices Fresh and tasty in all items I use them for.

Pat B. (Verified buyer) 02/18/2021
Y'all rock I'll be coming back for spices here next time I'm in need. I'm working on a pastrami right now and I just checked it today. It's got that beautiful pink color to it. I haven't used the chiles I bought yet but I tried the Pennsylvania pepper in a taco dish. Solid solid stuff. Thanks for your help.

Catherine M. (Verified buyer) 04/07/2019
Haven't used the product yet I appreciate the re-sealable bags! It makes my life a lot easier! Great shipping and customer service though!

robert j. (Verified buyer) 11/27/2018
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Robert M. (Verified buyer) 10/18/2018
best price ! love the deals .I make a lot of hams,bacon and sausage

Ron (Verified buyer) 01/10/2017
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Dan M. (Verified buyer) 08/18/2018
We've had been buying your We've had been buying your curing salt for some time. During our last reorder, without notice, you bumped the price up 400%!...again, without notice. When asked why you didn't give us any kind of warning, your response was, "we don't give warning...all our prices are on our website." So we're supposed to monitor your website everyday, just in case you decide to bump your prices up 400%?! After telling you we'd like to return the curing salt...your response was, "that's fine...and oh, we don't pay for return shipping." Of course you don't Spices, Inc...of course you don't. You won't see repeat business from us...but I'm sure your response to that is, "That's fine." Stay classy, Daren co-owner Colorado BBQ Outfitters 719bbq.com