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. Robbins, The Botany of Crop Plants, 1917 air-cured meats … it also makes sausage the old fashioned way, allowing it to air-cure in unrefrigerated rooms. — Dana Bowen, Saveur, October 2007
air–curingnoun In the case of air curing, the process has changed little over the past fifty years. — Alan Rodgman and Thomas A. Perfetti, The Chemical Components of Tobacco and Tobacco Smoke, 2009
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