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  • Squid and Octopus Weekly Blog Post - Octopus and Squid, Vacuum Packing

    Find out what's going on at Walton's and Meatgistics this week. We will have a loose schedule for soon to be released videos, what we are working on long-term and maybe a few quick tips and tricks that are on our mind!

    What Videos are being released soon?

    Depending on what you see as soon we will have the almost complete first round of Meatgistics University Classes released. We have broken everything down into these categories; Meat Processing Equipment, Seasoning and Additives, Fresh Sausage, Cured Sausage, Jerky, Sausage Casings, Deli Meats, Smoked Meats, Cured Whole Muscle Meats, and Specialty Sausages. Each of these topics will have multiple entry-level classes covering topics like the type of casing to use, equipment needed and a basic processing class where appropriate.

    What Projects are we looking ahead at?

    We are going to be doing two new Will it BBQ’s, hopefully, this week where we try BBQ’ing Squid and Octopus! The squid was a suggestion by Bob Zambutto through Walton’s Inc Facebook account! I had been wanting to do both of these for a while and when I went to our local Asian Grocery Store (Tai Binh for anyone local to Wichita, KS) and they had lots of options for both, they have almost anything and I got a few more weird ideas while I was there! Anyway, I picked up some baby octopus and a full size one, some small squid and two large ones as well. I am excited and nervous to see how this goes if nothing else it should be fun to watch!

    What’s on our Mind?

    Did you know that you shouldn’t vacuum pack Mushrooms or Garlic? I was reading a Vacmaster VP120 instruction manual the other day and I saw an interesting note that said not to vacuum pack Garlic or Mushrooms! I had no idea that you shouldn’t do this so I thought I would share that with meatgistics readers to let you know not to do it as well. Apparently, they both are prone to bacteria that will continue to grow in oxygen-free environments. I was hoping it was something more impressive than that but it is good information to have.

    New Products

    22" X 24" Collagen Sheets This are typically used for larger whole muscle cuts of meat, like when you are making prosciutto, capocollo, or other dried hams. This is an item that we have had lots of requests for over the years so we were happy to finally find a reliable and reputable source for it.

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    Thanks for the info on using beef fat in place of pork. Whenever I harvest a deer I do make a lot of sausage and never thought of using beef fat. It’s really good and will give it a try. Hopefully I will remember to post my results.

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  • Shakers Weekly Blog Post - Seasoning Size and Types of Fat

    Find out what's going on at Walton's and Meatgistics this week. We will have a loose schedule for soon to be released videos, what we are working on long term and maybe a few quick tips and tricks that are on our mind!

    What Videos are being released soon?

    Bone Marrow! Will it BBQ?! - The meatgistics User Denny recently posted a question about how much bone marrow should be added to a burger per lb. Well, I had never done anything with bone marrow before so I decided to grab some and check out the process.

    What Projects are we looking ahead at?

    I am going through all of our shakers and listing the particle size of each shaker on the website. This was in response to @21cedar asking what shakers would be good to use with snacks. The particle size will matter for this when trying to pick one to use for seasoning certain snacks. For example, when I smoke Cashews or Almonds the Salt and Vinegar works better than the Ultimate Steak and Roast Rub as the seasoning can stick to the nuts as it is smaller. This should be done sometime near the end of this week.

    Other than that, Meatgistics University is still our main focus! We have completed Fresh Sausage and Cured Sausage and I really hope this new format helps people! All of the 101, 102, 103, etc. classes might be a little elementary for most of Meatgistics users but you still might pick up some good information and we need to get these early classes done so we can get into more complex classes.

    What’s on our Mind?

    I was talking to @Michael-Wright recently and he wanted to know about using Beef Fat instead of Pork Fat when making o a venison based (or other lean meat) sausage product. I’ve made beef brats in the past and there is a difference in the taste and texture when using beef, this is, in large part, due to the differences between pork fat and beef fat. Pork fat has a creamier texture to it and is, in general, a superior fat to use.

    However, beef fat will work and would be used in the same proportions as pork fat, so, if you have a recipe that calls for 18 lb of venison and 7 b of pork fat, you can use 7 lb of beef fat in place of that. Lots of people avoid pork fat for health or religious purposes so I went through all the recipes on https://meatgistics.waltonsinc.com/category/16/how-to-make-meat-recipes and added beef fat as an option!

    Oh, one other thing, we recently had a customer come through our retail store and he had some Lebanon Bologna that a customer made. He used Sure Gel and added some red pepper flakes and it was phenomenal! Definitely some of, maybe even the best product I have had from a customer since I have been here, so whoever you were if you see this let me know so I can give you credit!

    New Products

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    O Boy!
    My wife goes here we go again, that time of the year.
    But I did tell her things are going to be different this year, as this year everything is coming from Walton’s.
    She was surprised at my game changing plans, but did say she is really looking forward to see what I have in store for this year.

    I’m looking to make things easier this year, and I have faith that Walton’s with bring it on!

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  • PK 100 Video Weekly Blog Post - Using Cellulose Casings and Humidity in a Smokehouse

    Find out what's going on at Walton's and Meatgistics this week. We will have a loose schedule for soon to be released videos, what we are working on long-term and maybe a few quick tips and tricks that are on our mind!

    What Videos are being released soon?

    Adding Humidity To Your Smoker - We are going to be testing what the effect of adding a water pan to your smoker it by setting up a modified wet sock in our PK - 100 Smokehouse. To do this we are going to use Madgetech monitors and try to prove that adding a pan does, in fact, increase your relative humidity.

    What Projects are we looking ahead at?

    We are continuing to shoot Meatgistics University Stuff and we have one category mostly done! That might not sound like much progress but it is, in my mind at least, the most difficult category and the one that needed to be done first. So after this hopefully it will be smoother sailing and we can look for a release date of early to mid-October and even sooner if we can manage it! I won’t say we are working around the clock on this but it is our main focus!

    What’s on our Mind?

    We finally got the PK 100 review done! I know a few people had requested this so I’m glad to finally be able to release it! We love this smoker, obviously, it is the main one we use at meatgistics so we are very familiar with it.

    I am also finding more and more that I like Cellulose Casings. A skinless product might have a bit of bad name in some circles but the more I use these the more I find I really like them. I just experimented with just cutting them and not tying them. While it wasn’t perfect it saved me about 10-15 minutes of processing time!

    New Products

    While they aren’t all that new the Walton’s Boning Knives are a really good, inexpensive, boning knife that would be a nice addition to almost any home processors kit. It also helps you show of your Walton’s love!

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    Looking for it.

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