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  • Meat Hacks: The importance of properly packaging your Snack Sticks.

    Learn about the importance of properly packaging your Snack Sticks with Walton's and Meatgistics. Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions or comments below.

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    The importance of properly packaging your Snack Sticks
    When made correctly Snack Sticks can be a near shelf stable product. One important factor in how long your snack sticks will keep is making sure they are dry when they get packaged. Any moisture that is trapped inside the bags can cause mold to grow which will destroy your product, so make sure that your snack sticks have been dried before you package them.

    Another thing you want to make sure of before packaging your snack sticks is that they are cool, a warm snack stick, even if the outside is dry, will cause moisture to build up on the inside of the bag which will end up causing the same issue as packaging a wet snack stick.

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  • Meat Hacks: Stop Crushing Vacuum Sealed Foods

    Learn how to stop crushing bratwursts, fresh sausage, and other foods when vacuum packaging with Walton's and Meatgistics. Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions or comments below.

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    How to stop crushing vacuum sealed foods?
    A question we get a lot is “How do I keep bratwursts or other fresh sausage from getting crushed and flattened when I vacuum package them?” The answer to this is extremely simple, but one that a lot of people don’t initially think of. After making brats or any other fresh sausage, if you go straight to the vacuum sealer, the lack of pressure in the bag will cause the bag to collapse onto the sausage and flatten it out, making it have an awful appearance. They still taste great, but we also want them to look great! Instead of immediately vacuum packaging, throw the sausage into your freezer on a tray, plate, or meat lug, then go back to cleaning up your sausage stuffer, and prep areas. After about an hour, you can go back to the freezer, grab the brats or sausage, and begin vacuum packaging. Even if you can’t wait a full hour or more, even just 15-30 minutes in the freezer can help. All we are trying to do is begin to freeze the outside layer of the sausage and get them to crisp up a little bit and that slightly hardened exterior then won’t collapse under the pressure of the vacuum sealer, allowing you to keep perfectly shaped brats or sausage and the absolute best appearance until you’re ready to grill and eat them!

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  • Meat Hacks: Packaging Meat After Cooking

    Learn the steps to follow when packaging meat products after smoking or cooking with Walton's and Meatgistics. Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions or comments below.

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    How to package meat products after cooking
    Whenever you cook meat snacks like smoked sausage, jerky, snack sticks, or any other smoked and cured meats, there are a couple steps we recommend following before packaging. First, cool the product immediately after your smoking and thermal processing is done. You should NOT cover the product while it is cooling down, so you can prevent condensation from forming and so that the outside of the meat product can be dry, especially if you used a cold water shower or bath as part of your cooling process you’ll want the product exterior to dry out before packaging. Once you’ve cooled the meat products, you should then let them sit out at room temp for 1 to 2 hours before packaging to begin equalizing with the ambient room temp so you again don’t have condensation begin to form. For a product like snack sticks or jerky where shelf stability is the goal, you can also lose shelf stability when moisture is introduced into the packaged product because moisture creates an environment where mold can potentially grow. Snack sticks and jerky are also meant to have a lower water activity and if you do not let the product cool before packaging and condensation forms in the package or the outside of the meat snack, then you won’t have the same effect and ability for a longer storage time without some packages and product going bad, growing mold, etc. Another benefit to removing moisture from the product and preventing condensation before packaging for meat snacks with casings is to prevent small ice crystals from forming and going through multiple freeze and thaw cycles which can actually separate the casings from the meat and in turn also lose the snap or bite the casing helps add to the meat snacks when biting and eating.

    To sum things up, when you are ready to package your meat snacks or other products, the product to be packaged should have a dry exterior and should be equalizing with the ambient room temperature so you can avoid moisture on the product or condensation build up in the package, which will help with your overall product quality, reduce chances for mold to grow, and help products with casings stay intact if they are frozen and thawed.

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