A PICKLE FOR BEEF, PORK, TONGUE, OR HUNG BEEF.
Mix in four gallons of water a pound and a half of sugar or molasses, and two ounces of saltpetre. If it is to last a month or two, use six pounds of salt. If you wish to keep it through the summer, use nine pounds of salt. Boil all together; skim and let cool. Put meat in the vessel in which it is to stand; pour the pickle over the meat until it is covered. Once in two months, boil and skim the pickle and throw in two or three ounces of sugar, and one-half pound of salt. In very hot weather rub meat well with salt; let it stand a few hours before putting into the brine. This draws the blood out.
TO CURE BEEF.
Saltpetre, one ounce; sugar, one and three-fourths pounds; coarse salt, three and one-half pounds; water, two gallons; boil together; let cool; pour over meat. Keep the meat under the brine.