looking for resources on curing and storing meats. I've collected salt and sodium nitrate and nitrite, and pink salts, cure 1 and 2. I'm looking at this from a survivalist perspective, not from a culinary perspective. I've read directions, but always question the source of info - and there are always gaps in the directions where they don't really explain it to a level I'm satisfied with, maybe it is as much art as science.
For wet curing - if I had a 5 gallon water jug, and wanted to stuff deer meet into it - to wet cure/preserve. Is there an actual ratio by weight of salt and pink salt for the meat and volume of water? I've seen 2.5%, but not sure if that is a valid number. With 2.25 percent being just salt and .25 being the pink salt.
Also, can you just leave it in the container submerged long term, possibly many months - or at some point - are you better off to take it out of the container and hang it?
Corned beef from the store seems to come packaged with some amount of the brine in the container - so it makes me think it could just be left in the container, but I'm never sure if I'm looking at a valid resource on the internet - so, curious what other folks do - or sources of info they find reliable.
Also, I've never experimented with actually curing my own meats - from a culinary perspective. Never been able to get past the idea that the meat could spoil. Maybe I should get some steak tips and try to cure them just to experiment. We don't really eat or like many cured meats. Sausage and Corned beef are about it, but I don't see myself bothering to try to make sausage. I'm just curious to know how I would preserve meat - if I ever had to.