Wiltshire cure

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The Wiltshire cure is a traditional English technique for curing bacon and ham. The technique originated in the 18th century in Calne, Wiltshire; it was developed by the Harris family.[1] Originally it was a dry cure method that involved applying salt to the meat for 10–14 days.[2] Storing the meat in cold rooms meant that less salt was needed.[1] The Wiltshire cure has been a wet cure, soaking the meat in brine for 4–5 days, since the First World War.[2][3] Smoking is not part of the process, although bacon is often smoked after being cured.[2][4]


In 2010, several large British supermarket chains signed a voluntary code agreeing to use clearer labelling on pork products to avoid confusion over country of origin. For shops under this agreement, pork products sold in the UK that are labelled with "Wiltshire Cure" should only have been sourced from the UK.[5][better source needed]


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  2. ^ a b c Davidson & Jaine, p. 50
  3. ^ Piggott & Thirsk, p.
  4. ^ "Bacon Jerky". 15 January 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  5. ^ Smillie, Susan (23 February 2010), "New Food Labelling Code Agreed for Pork", The Guardian, retrieved 11 June 2011
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  • Piggott, Stuart; Thirsk, Joan (2011), The Agrarian History of England and Wales: Volume 1, Prehistory to AD 1042, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-1-107-40114-3