Meat Curer

Meat Preserver

The tasks a Pickler (Meat Product) is expected to perform include:

Loading cuts of meat into pickling vats or barrels to cure the meat preparatory to smoking

Packing and arranging the meat in vats or barrels by hand or with a meat hook to ensure maximum saturation

Turning the valves to admit the curing solution into the vats or pouring in the solution by hand

Covering the vat or barrel to keep the meat protected and submerged in the solution

Sticking the trier (hook) into the meat and smelling the trier to determine the degree of curing

Opening the valves or pulling the bungs to drain the vats and barrels

Removing the cured meat for further processing

Dumping the frozen meat in the water tank to defrost it preparatory to curing

Rolling the barrels to rearrange the meat and ensuring maximum saturation

Flushing or blowing the marrow from the ham bones

Cleaning the vats with water and steam hoses

Knowledge of the saturation process of meat

Skilled in handling and rolling barrels

Knowledge of adequately packing meat to avoid spoilage

Skilled in cleaning meat and preserving it

Ability to examine the meat

Manual dexterity

Not applicable




Attention to detail


It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Companies usually work for 6/7 days a week and 9/10 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?
This job is suitable for candidates with One Arm (OA), One Leg (OL), Low Vision (LV) and those who are Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous as per The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

For freshers - INR 10,000 to INR 12,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

The Food Industry in India

According to IBEF, the Indian food industry is poised for huge growth, increasing its contribution to the world food trade every year. Accounting for about 32 per cent of the country?s total food market, the food processing industry is one of the largest industries in India and is ranked fifth in terms of production, consumption, export and expected growth. The Indian food and grocery market is the world?s sixth largest, with retail contributing 70 per cent of the sales. It is projected to grow at a rate of 104 per cent, touching US$ 482 billion by 2020. The Indian gourmet food market is currently valued at US$ 1.3 billion and is growing at a CAGR of 20 per cent. It is expected to cross US$ 2.8 billion by 2015.

The food industry in India is set to grow manifold in the coming years because of demand for quality by consumers. The demand for quality meat is also on the rise in India since the past decade. People are taking care of their protein requirements and are opting for quality meat for the same. This makes the job of a Pickler (Meat Product) a good career option in India with a bright future.


Meat processing companies

Cities and towns across India