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2" is a nice thick slab.
One week will not be enough. One week per inch is a decent guideline. I would rather cure for two weeks, equilize, and soak to desalinate, then risk undercuring. As long as you followed the MTQ recommended ratios, you cannot overcure. Oversalt, yes.
Going by palpation to determine whether a belly is cured/equilized, is a poor indicator. Each belly differs in muscle and fat distribution.
Ruhlman is a starting point. His recipe tends to be on the salty side, 3.5% from recalling calculations, but there are a great group of folks that I have learned so much more from here.
None taken. Have under dry cured a 1.5" belly at 12 days.
The week per inch common guideline takes into account all sides being cured simultaneously.
Why take the risk, if letting it sit in the fridge an extra week is harmless?
I agree with TUTTLE.
The campground I frequent is in BFE. My Pelican will pay for itself in 5 years with ice cost savings. It's a KOA site, so they charge top dollar for everything. You have to use their firewood. We buy a bundle and lay it around, and use our own.
A few things swayed me to Pelican. First, price. Second, the Pelican's hinges. Third, the Pelican's handles. Used a Pelican flashlight years ago working in a paint factory to flush blenders. Even with the Xylene, the thing was bulletproof. I still use it for nighttime eggin'. The military uses Pelican containers for their expensive epuipment.
Cannot find it at any Walmart location but HD has it in stock and will price match. Could someone provide a link or zip code of the weekly ad that has it so I can use the link at HD?
BTW it is a 17.6lb red bag for $8 for those interested.