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mendozer 06-12-2012 12:15 AM

Curing Meat Vessel
I have a crawlspace in our house that's tall enough to stand up in and the humidity is perfectly 70%, however when I tested the environment with apple cider, it molded very fast. Alas, I shall not hang meat in there.

I know someone who uses an unplugged fridge as an aging vessel, another that hangs off the rafters in his garage.

I was wanting a more closed environment, so I was thinking of something like a 5 gallon bucket with the meat hanging from the lid. I could store it in the garage for temperature sakes, or even in the crawlspace.

anyone have thoughts on this? I'm thinking for bresaola, prosciutto, salami, etc

*someone else just makes sure to wipe off mold when it happens*

carlisle_bob 06-12-2012 12:42 AM


Maybe line the crawl space with "stuff". What sort of stuff depends a lot on how easy it is to get things in there.


mendozer 06-12-2012 01:09 AM

That would be a lot of stuff. It's pretty much a small basement, except it's exposed to the outdoors through the screens at the bottom of the house.

jaxxzero3 06-12-2012 01:43 AM

I think a bucket would be too small, plus you need some airflow. How small are your batches? Also spacing will help you out too. Not knowing your budget, I've been thinking of setting up a keezer with humidifier and dehumidifier hooked up to it and a control for the humidity for quite some time. That would give you the two most important factors in curing atmosphere, but it can be a little pricy. If I build it I'll let you know, I just need the humidity controller at this point. Happy smoking!

mendozer 06-12-2012 01:47 AM

i have the keezer for my beer. don't want another one just for meat though lol

jaxxzero3 06-12-2012 02:08 AM

That's probably a wise choice, I've just got the charcuterie bug bad and I want to improve my sausages with more humidity. I've heard of using salt water and a fan in a large container. The salt water provides the moisture while resisting growing any unwanted bugs. That may work well with your bucket.

mendozer 06-12-2012 04:57 AM

so just having salty air? sounds simple enough

jaxxzero3 06-13-2012 02:10 AM

The air will pick up the water making it more humid. The salt is to help prevent the liquid water from growing a culture or bacteria.

CHefJohnboyardee 06-14-2012 08:24 PM

I use a trash can with holes in the lid and sides. Just check the color on the mold. White is ok. Black, green or red is bead.

kgalle 06-14-2012 08:41 PM


Originally Posted by CHefJohnboyardee (Post 4171951)
I use a trash can with holes in the lid and sides. Just check the color on the mold. White is ok. Black, green or red is bead.

Will you please post a few pictures of this set-up?

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