air-cure

verb, transitive + intransitive

Definition of air-cure

: to dry or preserve a product by exposure to air
  • It usually takes about two months to air-cure tobacco, and less time if artificial heat is used.
  • —Wilfred W. RobbinsThe Botany of Crop Plants1917
  • air-cured meats
  • … it also makes sausage the old fashioned way, allowing it to air-cure in unrefrigerated rooms.
  • —Dana BowenSaveurOctober 2007

air-curing

noun
    • In the case of air curing, the process has changed little over the past fifty years.
    • —Alan Rodgman and Thomas A. PerfettiThe Chemical Components of Tobacco and Tobacco Smoke2009

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First Known Use of air-cure

1835


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