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  • VP 215 Weekly Blog Post - Linking Sausage, Maintenance for the VP215

    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?

    Sausage Linking - In this video we go over a few different ways to link sausages and brats. We try to give step by step instructions while keeping things simple. At the end of the video we showed an advanced technique and you might notice it’s not me who is linking those!

    Maintenance on the VP 215 - The VP 215 is a great vacuum machine for both the heavy home user or lighter commercial use. It is a chambered machine which means the entire bag goes into the chamber for vacuuming and sealing. It does need to have its oil changed periodically though, in this video we go over how to do that and how often it should be done.

    What Projects are we looking ahead at?

    We are working on some Dry Cured Salami, Pepperoni and Chorizo. We will be releasing a video on this with instructions and some of the science behind it in the upcoming months, hopefully before hunting season begins in earnest. We are getting closer to having Meatgistics University ready to release. It should be ready by fall, we will release it once we have all of the basic courses filmed and edited.

    What’s on our Mind?

    There are a lot of things to keep in mind when you are purchasing meat from the grocery store and depending on what you are going to do with the product you need to pay attention to different things. If you are buying meat or chicken to marinade then you should look for meat that has not been pumped full of water. Most bargain chicken breast you purchase will be pumped up to as much as 15%, well if it is already pumped then it is not going to pick up much more of the seasoning or solution. I purchased some chicken and pork the other day to try some new marinades and to buy chicken without any water added it was around $6 a lb, it was worth it though as it took up far more of the seasoning than normal chicken and pork would have.

    Also keep an eye out for Ali at AAMP and her Twitter, Instagram and Facebook posts about the latest in meat processing and what Walton’s employees are doing there!

    New Products

    General Tso Marinade I am almost positive I have found my new favorite Marinade for both Chicken and Especially Pork! We tried a sample of this the other day from Excalibur Seasonings and it was an instant favorite. It has a nice mix of sweetness with a little bit or red pepper flakes to give it a hint of heat. If you are like me and order General Tsos chicken (hold the broccoli) anytime you order Chinese Food then this is a MUST buy! We will have it in stock in a few weeks and it has already been set up on the Website.

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  • Bratwursts Weekly Blog Post - AAMP, Being Creative With Seasoning and Bad Plates and Knives

    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?

    Being Creative With Seasoning - A question we get a lot is can I use either Snack Stick or Jerky Seasoning to make Bratwurst and vice versa. While there are a few things to keep in mind while doing this the answer is absolutely! In this video we use both a Jerky and a Snack Stick Seasoning to make some delicious Bratwursts. Also, we use shakers for all sorts of things other than their intended purposes, just because something says it is for Wings doesn’t mean it won’t be incredible on Pizza or Popcorn. Don’t be afraid to sprinkle a little (or in my case a lot) onto some of your favorite non-meat snacks.

    What Projects are we looking ahead at?

    The American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) convention is July 19th-21st and this year it is Kansas City. AAMP is a great resource for small to medium sized processors and the convention is a great place to attend Educational Sessions and to meet other people in the industry. For more information check out this website http://www.aamp.com/event-calendar/convention/.

    Walton’s Inc at AAMP

    As a top-tier Legacy Sponsor Walton’s will have a fully staffed booth to answer any questions about our products and services. Being a member of AAMP comes with all sorts of advantages and if you haven’t joined already you can become an AAMP member HERE. Make sure you include Walton’s Inc in the “Sponsored By” section and tell them you read about this on the meatgistics blog!

    New Products

    Super Bind is a new binder from Excalibur that combines Potato Starch and Carrot Fiber. I think everyone who reads meatgistics knows how much we like carrot fiber. Carrot Fiber can hold up to 26 times its weight in water and is allergen free. It also imparts no noticeable taste or texture as far as we have noticed. The potato starch is a great addition as it is at its peak for accepting moisture at the same temperature (145°F) that meat starts to expel most of its moisture, making it the perfect choice for snack sticks, summer sausage or anything else you would smoke at lower temperatures. These two together in the same product gives you the best of both worlds.

    What’s on our Mind?

    Before you start any processing project that is going to require you to use your grinder make sure your plates and knives are in good condition. Here is a picture of what a bad plate and a bad knife look like. You can see on the plate that it has been eaten away where the knife rubs up against it. If you see a ridge on the edge of your plate you should order a new one or send them in to us and we will sharpen them, when possible, for a small fee. The picture of the knife shows some waves in it, this will cause the knife to cut unevenly. When they are in this condition they shouldn’t be used or you run the risk of metal shards in your ground meat! Not all plates and knives are designed to be resharpened but many are, if you have questions on if you plate or knife can be resharpened contact our customer service department at 800-835-2832. Sharpening plates is generally less expensive than buying a brand new one every time they go dull!

    Damaged Plate Eaten away plate Damaged Knife Wavy Knife

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  • Ground and Formed Jerky Weekly Blog Post - Ground and Formed Jerky and Himalayan Salt Grilling Slabs

    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!

    Himalayan Salt Grilling Slabs What Videos are being released soon?

    Himalayan Salt Grilling Slabs - Salt is a key ingredient in almost any meat recipe. It improves the general flavor of almost any meat and has many other benefits as well. What happens when instead of putting salt on your steak you put steak on your salt? Himalayan Salt Blocks Like this one from Cameron’s have been increasing in popularity as a cooking and grilling surface. The Camerons Himalayan Salt Slab is 8" x 8" and is 1.5 inches thick.

    Ground and Formed Jerky - The simplest definition of Jerky is just meat that has been cured and dried. There are many different ways to make and process jerky the most common being sliced whole muscle or restructured jerky. I am going to be making a restructured jerky using the Weston #8 Black Series Grinder, a meat mixer, a Walton’s Stuffer with the All-Around Jerky Maker and a smoker to cook and dehydrate it.

    What Projects are we looking ahead at?

    We are putting together a chart for Jerky, Snack Stick and all types of Sausage Seasonings that will give the weight and measurements such as Cups, Tablespoons and Teaspoons for 1 lb and 5 lb batches. This way if you are not making the entire batch you can quickly reference this chart and even if you don’t have a scale that will measure in fractions of ounces you will know how much seasoning to use. We chose 1 and 5 lb sizes to allow people to find any amount easily, if you are making a 12 lb batch just use 2 of the 5 lb and 2 of the 1 lb amounts!

    What’s on our Mind?

    As I am measuring out all these seasonings it has reminded that we have a crazy amount of variety of flavors for Brats and Snack Sticks. One question we get asked often is if it is okay to use a Brat or Snack Stick seasoning to make Jerky or vice versa and the answer is pretty much always yes! There are two things to keep in mind though, if you are using a Bratwurst Seasoning to make Jerky then you need to purchase extra cure as the Bratwurst Seasoning will not include the necessary package of sure cure. The same is true the other way around, if you are making a Brat from a jerky seasoning then you do not need to add the sure cure package. The second thing to know is if you are using a Brat, Summer Sausage or Snack Stick seasoning as a jerky seasoning it is going to have a stronger taste than you might be used to.

    New Products

    The Weston Tomato Strainer is an interesting product that I am excited to get to start playing with more often here. The Salsa we made with it was awesome but I am really looking forward to trying out some different recipes, specifically I want to use this to make a paste of blackberries and then a dehydrate that to make fruit roll ups. If it works well (and maybe even if it doesn’t, you guys deserve to laugh at us occasionally) I will make a video on that.

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  • Homemade Tomato Basil Bread Video Weekly Blog Post - Perfectly Cooked Pheasant and Delicious Homemade Bread

    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!

    The Best Way to Cook Pheasant Video What Videos are being released soon?

    Homemade Sundried Tomato Basil Bread - We were not even planning on doing a video when we made this, it was just so we could have some fresh bread but it came out so good that we decided we needed to do a short video!

    How to Make Homemade Salami - We decided to put our Salami Seasoning (and Jon) to work and show you guys how to make great homemade Salami. Now, this isn’t a Dry-Cured product but a Salami that will resemble Summer Sausage in texture.

    What Projects are we looking ahead at?

    We are working on a new organization for Meatgistics that we hope will help anyone visiting our site learn how to make great homemade products. This will be structured in a Class schedule with the 101, 102, 103, etc. classes being basics and the 2 classes being more advanced. Our goal here is to have something for everyone, the absolute newbie meat processor can learn the basics without getting lost and the advanced processor can learn new tips and tricks and the science behind what they are doing.

    What’s on our Mind?

    I want to smoke a pork loin today with the Cyclops Greek Marinade and I did not start it last night. This is not technically a soluble seasoning so I put the amount I needed to inject in our Weston Pro Series Blender and let it run for a few minutes with no liquid. I then added the required liquid and let it run again to mix it all up and injected into my pork loin. Not sure if this will work with every seasoning but it might make injecting non-soluble seasonings an option.

    New Products

    We just got our new Grilleye Pro Plus in stock! This thing looks like it is going to be a lot of fun to use and I am testing it out this week. As soon as I have everything I need I will get a product review uploaded and released on youtube.

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  • Walton's May 2018 Giveaway & Sales

    We've got a ton of "HUGE" giveaways scheduled through 2018, so make sure you subscribe to the Walton's YouTube channel to be the first to know when we release new giveaways and sales, plus remember to tap the bell next to the subscribe button to get notified about each new video.

    Sous Vide Videos

    We’ve posted the videos we have done on Sous Vide Cooking over the past few weeks on the right hand side of this page, you can see an in-depth review of the SV1, learn about the best amount of time to Sous Vide your steaks and using your SV1 to cook juicy and tender chicken wings!

    May 2018 Giveaway

    So, we know you guys love our giveaways and we love to see people posting pictures and videos about what they are doing with the products they win. So in an effort to see even more smiling Walton’s customers we are going to have 2 winners this month! Our lucky winners for May will both receive a VacMaster SV1 Sous Vide Immersion Circulator, a Sous Vide Water Tank, 12 of our favorite Excalibur Shakers, one of our new Walton’s Hats and of course a Meatgistics T-Shirt to show off your love of Walton’s and Meatgistics! Total value on this package is over $300 for each winner.

    The VacMaster SV1 Sous Vide Immersion Circulator is a commercial style machine that is powerful enough to work in a restaurant, but is designed to fit in your home kitchen as well. This unit is perfect for cooking steaks, chicken, pork, vegetables or anything else you want to have perfectly cooked and ready to eat at any time. The SV1 has a 1500-Watt pump that circulates and heats up to 30 liters of water from 77 up to 210 degrees F by pumping the water in through the vents on the sides, heating it up and circulating it back out into the tank through a jet at the front. It has an easy to use digital LCD screen that displays the current water temp, target temp and cooking time. You set the cooking temperature and time with just the push of a button and can set it by the tenth of a degree. It can handle cook times up to 99 hours so there really isn’t any end to what you can do with the SV1 Sous Vide Circulator!

    May Savings & Discounts

    To kick off May sales, we have a couple rare and special sales! Broil King grills are rarely on sale, but we’ve been able to get two of them on sale for a limited time only. The Broil King Signet 320 will be 10% off from April 30th to May 6th. The Signet 320 has 625 square inches of cooking space and a price tag of only $404, it is a deal that is hard to beat. The only way to beat this grill and price, would be to have one of the Broil King Baron grills on sale. And, we’ve made that happen with the Broil King Baron 420. It will be 10% off as well for just $449. This is the same grill we gave away in April, and it is loaded with features including a stainless steel cook box, 4 stainless steel dual tube burners, 644 square inches of cooking space and linear-flow infinitely adjustable burners. This grill will only be on sale from May 21st through the 27th only. Both of these grills are limited sales and only available while supplies last, so don’t wait!

    The rest of our sales for this month start now and go through the 31st. To keep you in the grilling mood we have the Safe Scrape Wood Grill Scraper on sale for $12.99 and the Jim Bean 12" cast iron skillet for just $17.99. To make perfect patties for your new grill we have the Weston Automatic Rapid Patty Maker on sale for $44.99 and so you can flip those patties or anything else you could possibly need to we have 18 piece stainless steel BBQ Set marked down to $24.99, this set really does have everything you need for grilling and BBQing. Then, to season your meat we have the Noble Cherrywood, Hickory, Oak and Sriracha Smoked Flaked finishing salts on sale for $3.49 each. These are great for adding a smoky flavor to your meat or veggies without a smoker.

    Not planning on grilling this season? Well first of all, you need to re-examine your summer plans and schedule a few backyard BBQs! But if you really aren’t going to do any grilling we’ve still got you covered with some great sales. Save $10 on the Weston 7.5 inch meat slicer and then vacuum package what you slice with the Weston harvest Guard Vac Sealer for just $79.99, plus, the Weston 6 x 10 bags will be just $9.99 for a box of 100.

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  • Spirited Seasonings

    Jamaican Jerk Rum Spirited Sauce

    Ground beef and rice with Jamaican Jerm Rum Spirited Sauce

    We have tested all of the other sauces in Excalibur’s Spirited Line, the last one to review is Excalibur’s Jamaican Jerk Rum Spirited Sauce. The ingredient list of this sauce is pretty amazing, we have all the seasonings you would expect to see with a Jamaican themed sauce or marinade as well as apple cider vinegar but most importantly it has Dark Rum added in! I am hoping that you can really pull some rum flavor out of it as I love a good dark rum.

    I played with a few different ideas on what this would be best on and eventually decided to just keep it simple and marinate some ground beef and cook that with rice. I vacuum packed 2 lb of ground beef with about half of a bottle and let it sit overnight to let it suck up some of the flavors. I cooked it in a pan with a little bit of onion and I mixed it with the rice.

    As soon as you open the bottle you can smell a really mouth watering mix of spices. The ginger, allspice and scotch bonnet peppers give this a wonderful aroma. The taste was great, you can taste all of those spices as well and it has a hint of vinegar and you can taste a little of the papaya as well. The Dark Rum was present in the taste but it could have been stronger in my opinion but for most people it would probably be just about right!

    So my final rankings of Excalibur’s Spirited Sauces would be Mango Moonshine (best used on fish), Kentucky Bourbon Sauce (great on grilled chicken) Jamaican Jerk Rum Sauce, then the Spicy Red Vodka Sauce (great on pasta) and then the Red Eye Moonshine sauce which was still good, it just wasn’t great on Bison.

    This also would have worked wonderfully for an easy to make Jamaican Jerk Patty, if you have the time and skill to make the tortilla like covering for it.

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