I dry cured some chicken for three weeks: I cut chicken breasts into 1 inch slices, usee 10-20% salt and rubbed thoroughly. I left it to dry cure for 2-3 weeks. I did this however I forgot to remove all the fat that may have been on the breasts. After the 1st week a bad smell started to appear and it has got worse over the last 2 weeks.
Although I used chicken breasts there was still strings of fat on the chicken and my guess it seems the smell is coming from the fat. The meat itself looks red, hard and cured.
- If it is the fat, is the fat unsafe to eat?
- Is the meat still usable even though it has been surrounded by this odour for 2 weeks?
- If I just cut the fat pieces of will that make the meat safe to eat?
- If I do not cut of the fat and then steam/or cook the meat in a soup with the fat, will the soup water and meat become unsafe to eat?
Just to add: I am NOT trying to make beef jerky or the like and I do NOT want to use a dehydrator. The thing I am trying to cook is a soup where the chicken meat is very salty. Dehydration or wet brining doesn't achieve this. As such I am trying to dry cure the meat and then cook the soup as you would have with Virginia ham.