Originally Posted by IamMadMan
I did not read all of the other posts, but your concern should be that your "Pink Salt" is a curing salt containing sodium nitrite. It is usually called "cure 1" "Instacure 1" ect. Cure #1 and cure #2 are NOT interchangeable...
If your pink salt is something like Himalayan Pink Salt or Hawaiian Pink Salt, these are not curing salts....
Cures should be stored safely out of the reach of children. This is particularly true with cure #1 & #2. The pink candy like color is attractive to children.
All cures should be kept in their original container, and away from ingredients such as salt and sugar that they could be mistaken for and accidentally used.
I did not even think of this confusion!
This is good, sound advice. "Pink" salt for curing is dyed pink and contains nitrites/nitrates (depending on the salt) and can be harmful or even deadly in quantities. It is dyed pink so it is not easily mistaken for regular salt, sugar, or whatever (as stated above).
Himalayan or Hawaiian (or other ) salts are naturally pink because of the minerals they contain and do not contain nitrites/nitrates in quantity. You can use these to cure things (or any salt), but if you need(for food safety)/want to ad nitrates, you need to use the cures above.