Insta Cure #1, 1 lb.

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Insta Cure™ No. 1 is a basic cure for use with all meats that require cooking, brining, smoking or canning. This includes poultry, fish, ham, bacon, luncheon meats, corned beef and other products too numerous to mention. Formerly known as Prague Powder No. 1, the Sausage Maker’s USDA-approved cure formula is a simple 1lb. sodium nitrite cure containing salt, 6.25% sodium nitrite and an anti-caking agent.

Curing meat prevents botulism poisoning (common food poisoning). This process also helps to safely and effectively preserve the meat while imparting more robust flavors and colors.

  • Use one level teaspoon per 5lbs. of ground meat
  • One pound Insta Cure 1 will process approximately 480 pounds of meat
  • Packaged item dimensions: 8″ L, 7″ W, 1″ H
  • Unit weight: 1 lb.

For a basic bacon or ham brine (not including additional flavor ingredients), mix:

  • 1 gal. water
  • 4 oz. (½ cup) Insta Cure #1
  • 1 lb. 5 oz. (1¾ cup) salt
  • 1 ½ oz. (2¼ Tbsp.) sugar


Additional information

Weight 1 lbs

253 reviews for Insta Cure #1, 1 lb.

  1. Pete (verified owner)

    Not sure what it does but my snack sticks taste great

  2. Doug Brandon (verified owner)

    Both Items purchased made our Thanksgiving bird taste excellent Thank you for this fine product.

  3. William Sacher (verified owner)

    Been buying from Sausage maker for years everything always is top notch and will continue to keep buying all my supplies from them

  4. Anonymous (verified owner)

    worked perfect

  5. John Frazier (verified owner)

    This stuff is great. It is a good feeling knowing that with the use of this product your sausage will come out safe to eat.

  6. Joe (verified owner)

    I’ve use this product any ties and found it to be consistent and reliable.

  7. Dempsy Winans (verified owner)

    I’ve been using the Sausage Maker’s Instacure #1 for several years now and have always found it to be fresh and free-pouring for easy measurement. A little goes a long way (1 tsp will do 5# of meat!) so a pound of it will make several home-sized batches of sausage.

  8. MICHAEL POSPISIL (verified owner)

    Sausage Maker has been my go to place for all my meat proccesing and smoking needs. They have good quality products that last. I recommend them to my family and friends.

  9. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Received as promised. Shipped fast.

  10. Kenneth Hess (verified owner)

    Great price thanks!

  11. richard stuart (verified owner)

    as advertised and ontime – hard to screw this one up!

  12. Jeremy (verified owner)

    Works great for its intended purpose.

  13. Lee (verified owner)

    It’s pink salt at a great price

  14. Nicole Lang (verified owner)

    I am fairly new at sausage making – the right way – and this website and products really got me on the right foot.

    The speed of the shipping was great – it arrived earlier than expected which made me happy.

  15. August Winterstein (verified owner)

    Exactly as advertised. Great product for a great price

  16. Sam Douglas (verified owner)

    I have used this instacure many times with grat success. I highly recommend .

  17. Chester Spry (verified owner)

    as expected

  18. jeff gard (verified owner)

    Works great

  19. Art Dubois (verified owner)

    But how can salt be rated?

  20. Tara Protiva-Brown (verified owner)

    A great product!

  21. Tim Higgins (verified owner)

    Package was broken open. Bottom of box had no sign of having been taped.

    All contents were fine.

  22. Brett McKinley (verified owner)

    We have used this product before when making deer salami and it works great.

  23. Kirby Lamburn (verified owner)

    Great product, just wished it came in a re-closable container.

  24. J Eller (verified owner)

    First time order for InstaCure. Have not used it yet. I am sure it will be excellent.

  25. Benjamin Armer III (verified owner)

    Works like a charm for me!

  26. Ernest L Cerny III (verified owner)

    Haven’t used yet, due to buying a kit, but it looks fine.

  27. Bryan (verified owner)

    Nice size packaging for the average sportsman.

  28. Halina Kowalczyk (verified owner)

    This is a must if you are smoking your meats, fish or poultry. I could not live without it. The Sausage Maker is the best place to get it. Definitely recommend to anyone who is thinking of making and smoking their own sausage.

  29. Danny Gonzalez (verified owner)

    This was my first time brining and smoking a fresh ham and it turned out GREAT! I will be ordering more very soon and I think my store bought cure and precooked ham days are over, I will be making it this way from now on. GREAT PRODUCT!

  30. Nancy Thomas (verified owner)

    Works great.

  31. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I’ve been buying products and equipment from the Sausage Maker for 20 years. Never had a bad product. Never had to return anything. Everything has been as advertised. You can’t get better than that!

  32. Sam Castillo (verified owner)

    Quality product and great service.

  33. Lawrence Motzel (verified owner)

    It looks like you have some changes on your website and I found it not so user friendly.

  34. Andrew Durewicz (verified owner)

    came quickly. packed well.

  35. Roger Barnlund (verified owner)

    The best

  36. Anthony Lins (verified owner)

    You sent a 5lb jar of insta cure of no, 2 instead of cure no, 1. I haven’t tried any dry cure hams but i think i will now.

  37. Robert Adams (verified owner)

    Good customer service. Arrived on time and intact

  38. Will Friend (verified owner)

    Great price for #1.

  39. Lynn Lohse (verified owner)


  40. William Popp (verified owner)

    and fast shipping

  41. Robert O’Sullivan (verified owner)

    Just back from a trip to the U.K., I was inspired to try the recipe for loin bacon from My Irish Kitchen, which called for Instacure #1 and suggested you as a source. It came out very well. If it was a bit saltier than expected, that’s due to the recipe.

  42. Maria Leonila Palanca (verified owner)

    Perfect for homemade sausages!!. Thankyou!!

  43. Robert Gray (verified owner)

    Insta Cure work very well.

  44. KING SMOKE ANDY (verified owner)


  45. Tom (verified owner)

    I have ordered from Sausage Maker for years. Always great products great prices great service.

  46. Carolyn Cichowski (verified owner)

    Perfect for job

  47. Peter Cartalemi (verified owner)

    Great product I use it for all my sausage smoking

  48. Daniel Bircbette (verified owner)

    Was delivered quickly.

  49. Ron Pepin (verified owner)

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  57. Joseph Beckwith (verified owner)

    Have used this sooo often…it cures the best for ribs, and pork…couldn’t be without it…

  58. alan penfield (verified owner)

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  60. John Garrison (verified owner)

    Great customer service.

  61. BEN TUCKER (verified owner)

    Great product, freshly packaged.

  62. G Gillotti (verified owner)

    OK See below for additional remarks.

  63. roger evans (verified owner)

  64. Richard Rupprecht (verified owner)

    I don’t order a lot from the Sausage Maker but whenever I do place an order, I can count on it being filled and shipped in a timely manner. I have never had a problem with an order or with any service. I would and have recommended you to my friends. I just now realized I am evaluating the company rather than the individual products I purchased. They work as promised and I have used both for many years.

  65. Mark Alestra (verified owner)

    Used this in my first batch of beef jerky. Worked great!!

  66. Lance Plassio (verified owner)

    Its pink and will ward off botulism I can’t ask for anything else.

  67. Robert Hughes (verified owner)

  68. Jack Glenny (verified owner)

    Easy shopping and quick delivery

  69. Scott Rouleau (verified owner)

    We love working with your company and the products that you offer.

    We own a hunting preserve and make all our culinary offerings from scratch for our clients. We have cured, brined, smoked and made a lot of fresh sausage with your products.

    We used the recent purchase of cure and dextrose powder to make up a large batch of liverwurst and braunschweiger from beef heart and liver from a pastured raise steer that was just slaughtered.

    They both came out as well as we could have expected.

    Thanks for helping those of us that still practice shout to tail cooking and a appreciation for field to table menus.

    All the best,

    Scott Rouleau
    New England Upland Shooting Preserve

  70. DARRELL WARRINER (verified owner)

  71. Don VanOrden (verified owner)

    I recently made venison hotdogs with the sausage maker mix . I added high temp cheddar and jalapeno they came out fantastic. I also made the original snack sticks,they are vary bland I would try a different one. Make sure that you order 75 bucks worth of stuff or shipping will killing you. The trail baloney isn’t to bad either I like to fry it.

  72. Patrick Miller (verified owner)

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  74. Clayton Swalstad (verified owner)

  75. Ben Marks (verified owner)

    Does what it’s supposed to and I finally ordered it in bulk. Not like it will go bad. Just more sausage to make!!

  76. Anonymous (verified owner)

  77. Bruce Wanner (verified owner)

    Good price and package size.

  78. Dale Gundlach (verified owner)

  79. Kim Jones (verified owner)

    We use this in all our trail bologna or beef sticks

  80. Lawrence Liptak (verified owner)

    great product

  81. John Smith (verified owner)

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  83. Greg Stricker (verified owner)

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  86. Bruce Holt (verified owner)

    Ordered a 1lb package of instacure #1. Prompt delivery. Quality of product meets expectations. Great Price.

  87. Clement Andrusiak (verified owner)


  88. Nathaniel Batiste (verified owner)

    This is a very good product, and it is easy to use/work with.

  89. Richard Santoro (verified owner)

    Product was as advertised and shipped in a timely manner. I will do business with them again,

  90. Tom (verified owner)

    Quick, easy and quality products.

  91. William Buss (verified owner)

    I’ve gone through 6 lbs of this stuff on anything you can name and have not had a problem. People love all my smoked meats and fish.

  92. Theresa Botsford (verified owner)

    I don’t know, I haven’t used it yet.

  93. Dave H (verified owner)

  94. Calvin Morgan (verified owner)

  95. John Thalhauser (verified owner)

    I have not yet used the items I purchased but I think the pricing is reasonable, the items were delivered quickly and they were nicely packaged. I also think you have a good website with a very good variety of products

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  100. Thomas Kresler (verified owner)

    The product was delivered as ordered and ahead of schedule.

  101. Ernest Koerner (verified owner)

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  103. Kevin Myre (verified owner)

  104. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Just got the goose ready to cure. Found recipe which recommended the Instacure #1. Easy ordering and really quick shipping. Excited to see how everything turns out!

  105. Kenneth Burke (verified owner)

  106. Tim Jones (verified owner)

    Perfect size package for my home sausage obsession.

  107. Clint DeMusz (verified owner)

  108. Anonymous (verified owner)

  109. Jibarito Texan (verified owner)

    Came in an excellent quality plastic bag. We use this for all our meat curing. Bacon, Hams, Corned Beef, etc.

  110. Don Bell (verified owner)

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  113. Shawn Sarver (verified owner)

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  117. William Nixon (verified owner)

    Not much to say, it’s Insta Cure….

  118. Arne Wilppone (verified owner)

    Every thing is excellent and showed up early !!

  119. Andrew Jackson (verified owner)

    Great value for the product amount received

  120. S Brent Ross (verified owner)

  121. James Przybylski (verified owner)

  122. EDWARD RIEDERER (verified owner)

  123. chris (verified owner)

  124. Brian (verified owner)

    Ordering was easy and arrived in good condition. Can’t wait to use

  125. Dan Whitney (verified owner)

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  127. Anonymous (verified owner)

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  130. Bruce Alzner (verified owner)

    I just wanted to pass on to everyone that this company has a very responsive and proactive customer service. They responded via email within minutes and took care of a minor problem with a product that was damaged in shipping. I highly recommend Sausage Maker

  131. John Will (verified owner)

    sold some but havnt used yet

  132. Mark Good (verified owner)

    Got my product quickly and ordering was a breeze.
    Will be using Sausage Maker again in the future!!

  133. Wayne Baran (verified owner)

    As a chemist I know what sodium nitrate is and what it costs. You have a huge profit margin.

  134. mark dziaba (verified owner)

  135. Gary Papermaster (verified owner)

    Product as expected. Only issue is it comes in a plastic bag and I never use a whole pound of Cure #1 atone time so I have to hunt up a container to store the remainder. and a label. Would be nice if it came in a bottle or other reuseable container.

  136. James Skidmore (verified owner)

    Everything about my recent order was great.

  137. Charles Trautz (verified owner)

    I recently placed an order with Sausage Make and was surprised to receive my order within two days. I have been dealing with Sausage Maker for many years and find their products easy to use as well as dependable service.

  138. Alexei Tchertkov (verified owner)

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  140. Wayne Lawrence (verified owner)

    Just what I needed

  141. Charles (verified owner)

    Have not had a chance to use product, but am fully aware of what it is….I was treated most graciously by your customer service department when I discovered that I ordered Insta Cure #1 instead of #2…they jumped on the order and changed it out with no questions asked! That says it all for me! It seems nowadays NO ONE cares about their customers unless their credit card fails to go through…not you! Will continue to use you for all my sausage making needs!!!!

  142. Layne Mishler (verified owner)

  143. Daniel Burkhart (verified owner)

  144. Les Hawkins (verified owner)

    Very good products. The problem is the time it takes to receive orders.

  145. Adam Back (verified owner)

    Works well for fresh sausage.

  146. RICHARD GRAVES (verified owner)

  147. Barry Putnam (verified owner)

  148. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Fast shipping & great products

  149. Jake King (verified owner)

    Exactly as advertised delivered in solid packaging.

  150. RANDALL PRENGER (verified owner)

    service and delivery were great

  151. Francie Jurista (verified owner)

  152. BRIAN BOVILLE (verified owner)

    Excellent, straight forward product. Wish it came in something other than a plastic bag.

  153. Roger Logan (verified owner)

    Excellent product

  154. Jordan Currie (verified owner)

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  156. Woody (verified owner)

    Easy to use. Works with no flavor changes

  157. Chad Wertepny (verified owner)

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  159. Pat Harrison (verified owner)

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  161. Anonymous (verified owner)

  162. michael wentzell (verified owner)

    All good. My order was for making pork roll . Made it yesterday . Turned out excellent . Thanks for the products .

  163. Carol Gater (verified owner)

    I make what we call “British Bacon” made out of pork loin. I use the insta cure product to brine the pork. It does a great job, and my British husband loves it.

  164. Jay Shabloski (verified owner)

    As always great product

  165. Dennis Miller (verified owner)

    This is easy to use. This amount should last me for a few years.

  166. Joe Dave (verified owner)

    Nice sharp pink color

  167. man of Stihl (verified owner)

    This cure is easy to measure and add to my summer sausage. I actually add it my seasoning and mix well so it is evenly spread through out meat.

  168. Jason Hoesel (verified owner)

    Very fast service and very excellent products. I would recommend The Sausage Maker to anyone.

  169. Dennis Peters (verified owner)

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  172. Joseph Hale (verified owner)

  173. Mark Klein (verified owner)

  174. Kevin Goff (verified owner)

    Worked as needed

  175. John Rodzen (verified owner)

  176. Charles Beckley (verified owner)

  177. William Kiefer (verified owner)

    great product, received quicker than expected

  178. Daniel Burkhart (verified owner)

  179. E. Vallery (verified owner)

    I brine and smoke a good bit of meat in the form of pork bellies for bacon, beef briskets for corned beef and pastrami and cold smoke fish like salmon. This product is not available in the local markets so ordering it on-line is the way for me to go and I’m glad your company offers it.

  180. Jerry Doucette (verified owner)

    Very satisfied with the #1 Insta cure.
    I had received #2 cure first. I emailed customer service and told them what happened and in 2 days I received #1. Outstanding customer service.

  181. MICHAEL L. (verified owner)

    Outstanding product

  182. Samuel Stevens (verified owner)

  183. Rick Harrison (verified owner)

  184. Seth Rountree (verified owner)

    My order was easy to purchase. It showed up via USPS on time. Everything was packaged in user friendly packaging. So far my salts and various mold and bacteria types have been easy to apply. Now the waiting game for my salumi projects.

  185. Johnnie Jones (verified owner)

    quick ship

  186. john johnston (verified owner)

    Used in my bologna, great

  187. Anonymous (verified owner)

  188. David Smith (verified owner)

    Ordered this to make some beef sticks, used the insta cure when it arrived, easy to mix and great quality.

  189. Terry Dillman (verified owner)

  190. Tamara Mann (verified owner)

  191. Joseph Rivara (verified owner)

    Was shipped out immediately.

    Thank You

  192. Anonymous (verified owner)

  193. Julie Champlain (verified owner)

    Haven’t tried it yet. Excited though!

  194. Samuel Dudley (verified owner)

  195. Clint (verified owner)

    Great products friendly service I have ordered many times and always satisfied

  196. Nate (verified owner)

  197. Miguel Hernandez (verified owner)

  198. timothy otto (verified owner)

    I’ve only used the InstaCure once. My pastrami turned out a bit salt, but I let it cure for 72 hours so that’s my fault.
    My frustration is that I couldn’t get the InstaCure delivered for less than $14 in shipping. I spent $4.73 for the InstaCure and over 3X that in shipping.

  199. Anonymous (verified owner)

  200. Bradley Law (verified owner)

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  202. Chuck (verified owner)

    Great value and service

  203. Dane Kujat (verified owner)

    using insta cure for making our sausage works great.

  204. Astro (verified owner)

    Good value but I would have preferred a resealable bag or airtight container.

  205. William Ellis (verified owner)

    Good experience shipped quick

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  207. Robin Dawe (verified owner)

  208. Barrie (verified owner)

    Keeps the food safe and love the coloring.

  209. Michael Dickinson (verified owner)

  210. Anonymous (verified owner)

  211. Timothy McFeely (verified owner)

  212. Jeff Mulitsch (verified owner)

  213. Douglas Goroski (verified owner)

    I use this in all my meat curing. I’ve been buying from Sausage Maker since the early 1980s great place to do business.

  214. Greg Waters (verified owner)

    I have used this cure for the last 20 years with no ill effects, wonderful stuff.

  215. Anonymous (verified owner)

  216. Tom Skarbowski (verified owner)

    What can you say? It works

  217. Paula Jordan (verified owner)

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  219. Brad Alexander (verified owner)

    I’m giving these excellent ratings, but I have not used them yet. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be satisfied.

  220. Kent Kasch (verified owner)

  221. Deborah Althouse (verified owner)

    I don’t order from them very often but, am always satisfied with shipping and the orders.

  222. Brian Keller (verified owner)

  223. Michael L. (verified owner)

  224. Jeffrey Schmidt (verified owner)

    The color was a bit different from what I had left over last year. Is this a dye you add to it?

  225. Nancy Steelman (verified owner)

  226. Anonymous (verified owner)

    worked as described

  227. Anonymous (verified owner)

  228. Mike Christian (verified owner)

  229. BENNETT BROWNIII (verified owner)

    Thanks for the timely delivery of my order. My Insta Cure #1 order as accurate and of great quality.

  230. Dale Daniels (verified owner)

  231. Peterj (verified owner)

    The Insta Cure #1 in a 1 lb. package is excellent. I used some in a brine mix for smoking salmon and whitefish this past week. The fish was perfect and I am sure the Insta Cure #1 made that happen for my first time smoking fish. Thank you for an Excellent product.

  232. nancy bowman (verified owner)

    The website was easy to use and shipment was very fast.

  233. Richard Welsh (verified owner)

  234. Mathew Nieman (verified owner)

  235. Ray Giacobone (verified owner)

    Shipping is somewhat delayed. Waiting 7+ days for an order is not ideal.

  236. Benjamin Schiefelbusch (verified owner)

    The seasonings and casings I ordered are top quality!! Very excited to try some of the other products!

  237. Mike Stadler (verified owner)

  238. Terrance Wachtl (verified owner)

    I believe shipping charges too high

  239. Natasha Yagnych (verified owner)

    Fast shipping and good quality product.

  240. Kate English (verified owner)

    First time ordering! Everything arrived in great shape exactly as described. Love the product! I ordered curing salt, and the results were terrific.

  241. Craig McDonald (verified owner)

    Worked well. I wish it came in a resealable bag or container.

  242. Ken (verified owner)

    fast shipping

  243. Mark D (verified owner)

    First order from The Sausage Maker. Great service and delivery. All great!

  244. Teri Ahrens (verified owner)

  245. Oxana Mardoian (verified owner)

  246. louis neumann (verified owner)

    received and used it already OK

  247. Dan Taylor (verified owner)

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  249. Robert Riedel (verified owner)

    Haven’t used it yet.

  250. Bradley Preston (verified owner)

    Love the cure
    Dissolve s fast

  251. AARON CORY (verified owner)

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  253. Stanley Scheer (verified owner)

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Questions and answers of the customers

    Does Instacure #1 have a shelf life?? Is there a point where it no longer works properly?? Or does it retain it's potency indefinitely?
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    Q Does Instacure #1 have a shelf life?? Is there a point where it no longer works properly?? Or doe...... Read more answer now

    We recommend you toss it after a year, just to be safe. It should last longer, but just to be safe.

  2. Will Instacure #1 last better or maintain it's potency longer if kept in a refrigerator or freezer?? Or does it matter? Does it actually have a deteriorating shelf life?
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    Q Will Instacure #1 last better or maintain it's potency longer if kept in a refrigerator or freeze...... Read more answer now

    The InstaCure should always be kept in a cool dark place. If you wish, you can store it in the refrigerator, but that is not necessary.

  4. I have some of your Instacure #1 and I am fill a recipe which calls for Prague Powder #1…can I use the same measurements?
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    Q I have some of your Instacure #1 and I am fill a recipe which calls for Prague Powder #1…can I us...... Read more answer now

    You should always weigh all salts and curing salts. Yes, they are the same thing... SODIUM NITRITE

  6. I will be making a 24hr marinade with soy sauce, Worchester and a little water for whole muscle jerky. Would I follow the brine measurements for the amount of liquid marinade used to cover the meat? Half gallon of marinade would call for 1.5oz of cure, is that right?
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    Q I will be making a 24hr marinade with soy sauce, Worchester and a little water for whole muscle j...... Read more answer now

    I need to know the weight of your meat in order to accurately answer your question. I calculate everything using the EQUILIBRIUM METHOD.