Gary Cooper

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Curing Rack Project.

In my house I have a wine cellar/closet which is set up with a chiller unit that keeps the temperature to a consistent 57 degrees and with a bowl of heavily salted water 65% relative humidity. So when the Charcutepalooza challenge came about I knew where the meat curing would happen. The problem is where and how to hang the meat while the curing happens. This is how it looked before.


So I started thinking about what to make the curing rack out of. First thought was wood. But really it would be time consuming to build and a bit difficult to keep clean. Then I thought PVC. That's the stuff that they use for modern plumbing, of course, and a quick trip to the Depot got my whole parts list. The whole thing cost just $9.02
To make a curing rack like mine you need to buy;
(2) ten foot ¾ inch PVC pipes. If you ask nicely they will cut them in half for free.
(4) ¾ inch T fittings Make sure that the T fittings are not threaded and that the pipe fits into all of the holes.
(2) ¾ inch elbows
(4) ¾ inch end caps

If you have a hand saw or a power saw all of the cuts can be made in about 10 minutes. To make a rack the same dimensions as the one I made (40” tall X 32” long) cut; 2 36” tubes, 2 30” tubes, 2 3” tubes and 4 6” tubes. To make the height more that 40” increase the 36” tubes to what you need and to change the amount of length that you can hang meat on increase or decrease the 30” tubes accordingly. Now lets put it together.

We'll start with the feet. Put two 6” tubes into the straight section of a T fitting, then put caps on the free ends of both 6” tubes. Repeat with 2 more 6” tubes a T and 2 Caps for the other foot. See below.


Next put a 3” tube in the upright from the T. and insert the straight section of another T on the 3” tube. Repeat for the other leg.


Put the 36” tube in the other side of the straight part of the T and put an elbow on the top. Repeat for the other leg.


Now put the 30” tubes in the exposed sides of both T's. On one of your uprights. Then put the other end into the other upright.


There it is. One easily cleaned easily collapsed meat curing rack!


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