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In search of saltpeter
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donna in w.v    Posted 03-19-2004 at 20:36:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i'm looking for a place to by saltpeter for making corned beef. i realize i can make it without it but hubby likes the color better than grey and says it tastes different. i tried the salt companies but found nothing. any suggestions? would prefer a mail order cuz nothing is close to here.

deadcarp    Posted 03-20-2004 at 04:37:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
you probably have some around a manure pile if you look around. Don't know if i'd use it with food but you know those whitish crystals on dry manure? well that's nitre -if you scrape some off, then dissolve that in water (in a glass jar) and dip a hefty cotton wick and let it all dry up, you'll have saltpetre crystals growing on the wick. We used to scrouge that and cellar dust and stuff for blasting stumps. and scaring tomcats. ah, kid fun. :)

Salmoneye    Posted 03-20-2004 at 05:01:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
The byproduct of boiling sap (other than syrup) is also 'nitre'...Not pure as it also contains calcium, magnesium and other trace minerals...

I toss maybe a half pound a day when I am boiling

Battleborn    Posted 03-20-2004 at 00:36:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try this stuff. It's called corned beef cure and contains potassium nitrate, which is the cure used for corned beef. Sodium nitrate will work as well, and can be found at a chemical company or a commercial food supplier.

Battleborn    Posted 03-20-2004 at 00:38:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dang link didn't work, If it doesn't work this time here's the long way around.

Sid    Posted 03-19-2004 at 22:04:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have you tried a drug store?

SusieQ    Posted 03-20-2004 at 02:28:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would have suggested the same, checking the local drugstore, many years ago, that was the one place you could find this.

Have you checked out Amish folk all still use this ingredient, check with them.

Good luck!

ron,ar    Posted 03-19-2004 at 21:29:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
that is one of three ingrediants needed for gunpowder, I won't tel you the other two:^)
Whatcha gonna blow up?

RN    Posted 03-20-2004 at 02:38:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sulfer, charcoal. Dry mix is weak 'serpentine', wet mixed cake/ground/dried is stronger powder. RN

bill b va    Posted 03-20-2004 at 01:35:48       [Reply]  [No Email]

ron ,, a long long time ago my wife thought it was soft peter . ha ha

Alias    Posted 03-19-2004 at 21:56:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
There's a cavern out near Antetum Battle Field where they used to mine it. If you go there you might find some lying around on the ground. Otherwise, I don't know. Sorry........gfp

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