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I've been Corning a brisket using Alton Brown's recipe
Saturday is the pull day. I'm using a refrigerator that's out in my garage. For some strange reason when I flipped it over last night I felt I should temp read the brine, so I got the old thermapen out and was reading 40 degrees. I turned the fridge down I live in the Northeast so it's been cool. Should I be worried? Should I not even consider cooking this thing. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Dave

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No 40F is still in the safe zone for keeping food but barely. Corned Beef has enough salt and brine that you are plenty safe. USDA calls for 40F or below for refrigerators. I prefer to keep mine 34F as some things like milk will last longer.
 
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With the brine you should be fine. Even without it, it is probably okay, although a little warmer than most fridges.




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The currently accepted danger zone is 41-135 degrees, with the most dangerous part of that band being between 70 and 125. 40 is still ok, especially with the brine.




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It will pair well with truck cheese.



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I would not worry about it one bit, it’s sitting submerged in a very salty brine which which is keeping it out of contact with the air plus that salt will inhibit any bacteria. It’s fine.

You have to remember that we’ve only had refrigeration for 100 years and we survived the previous 3,000 or 4,000 years before that.


 
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You're fine. Alton Brown's curing brine that I find online is thru the roof levels of nitrite, so your beef could spend a day in the brine at room temperature and not get any baddies. Standard brine concentrate is 3 tsp/gallon of cure #1 to achieve USDA FSIS 156 ppm nitrite levels; he calls for 4 tsp/ qt.

FWIW, I dry cure and/or brine a couple hundred pounds of meat per year, and haven't gotten myself or anyone else ill, yet Wink
 
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Thank all of you who have replied! Should I soak in just plain water over night because of so much nitrite levels? To get rid of the saltiness? Thanks again Dave
 
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Again Thanks too all. We cooked it Saturday with out any problem. I guess the only problem is 17lbs
of it.
 
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If it tastes good, that is a nice problem to have! Glad it all worked out to your satisfaction...

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