gus4416 thanks for the kind words.
Lost my dog Moxie yesterday. She appears to have died peacefully while she was sleeping. She was 9 1/2 years old and half Lab/half German shorthair. She was the best hunter and dog I have had. They take a big piece of your heart with them when they go. The two pics are when she was a pup and the other one is from about two weeks ago.
Meatgistics Trouble Shooting Document
This document is to serve as a quick reference guide for people who have a specific issue and are looking for fixes and ways to avoid this on future projects.Issue Product Casing Cause Fix
Dry Crumbly Sausage
1.Low Fat Content
2. Denatured Protein
3. Fat rendered out during cooking process
1.70/30 Lean to Fat
2. Do not add acidic ingredients
3. Achieve protein extraction and use binder
Dry Crumbly Sausage
1.Low Fat Content
2. Denatured Protein
1.70/30 Lean to Fat
2. Do not add acidic ingredients
Casing Not Sticking
1.Casings not properly prepared
2. Put in cooler too quickly
3. Not enough protein extraction
1.Fibrous Casings must be soaked for 30 minutes in hot water before being used / Inedible Collagen casings must be soaked in 15° C 15% salt solution for 15 minutes
2. Summer Sausage must be left out to air dry for at least an hour after they are taking out of the ice bath to allow them to dry, otherwise moisture will build up
3. When mixing you need to achieve the proper level of protein extraction or the fat will render out and become stuck between the casing and the meat.
Casings Not Peeling
1.Casing not properly prepared
2. Product was not cooled down properly
1. Fibrous Casings must be soaked for 30 minutes in hot water before being used / Inedible Collagen casings must be soaked in 15° C 15% salt solution for 15 minutes
2. Once you have reached an internal temp of 160° you must either plunge the sausage into an ice bath for 20 minutes or shower it with cold water for 20 minutes on and off every minute with a fan blowing. This helps "set" the casing
1.Too Much Cure Was injected
2. Product was not adequatley rinsed
1. Measure carefully with an accurate scale and inject
2. Rinse off the bacon with running water for 20 minutes instead of sitting in a meat lug of water.
Split Casing Cooking/Stuffing
1.Casings were stuffed too tightly
2. Casings were twisted too much
3. Casings are old 4.Cooked at too high an initial temperature
1.Leave casings slightly under stuffed, you can always tighten them up with a few extra twists
2.If casings are full to bursting twist as little as possible
3. Depending on how they were stored and how old they are casings might have become dry and brittle. You can try leaving them uncovered in a refrigerator overnight to slightly rehydrate them.
4. Start sausage at a lower temp so the meat and water do not expand as rapidly.
1.Seasoning Improperly stored
2. Exposed to moisture
3. Seasoning Old
1.You can put seasoning in the microwave to help loosen it but it must then be used quickly or it will harden back up
2. Store in cool dry place, or vacuum seal for long term storage
3. Discard and replace
Meat won't get "sticky"
1.Meat has not been mixed enough
2. Proteins have been denatured
3. Meat is too warm
1.Mixing by hand will require a long time to achieve proper protein extraction. If you are using a machine mixer you will still have to mix for about 8 minutes
2.Something has happened to the proteins of your meat to denature them. It could be that they were exposed to an acidic environment or were previously exposed to too much heat but once they have been denatured you will not be able to get protein extraction.
3. Protein extraction will not work once the meat has gotten over a certain temperature, it is somewhere around 50° F. Unless you can quickly get the meat back under 40° the meat should be discarded
Casings Blowing Out While Stuffing
1.Casings are stuffed too tightly
2. Casings are either old or were not cared for properly
3. The casings are being twisted too much
1.Stuff casings are less full. For collagen this means until you can barely see the swirl pattern running down the casing, for natural casings leave casing under stuffed and tighten up when forming links.
2.Check casings before use, if they are dry or brittle discard casings.
3. Do not make as many twists on each link. With natural casings 2-3 twists is enough, for collagen the twist won't hold anyway, so just twists until links are separated.
Meat is Grey
1.Cure was not added.
2. Cure was not activated.
3. Hasn't gone through thermal processing yet
1.Add cure when mixing meat.
2.Cure was not left in the meat long enough and no cure accelerator was used.
3. When mixing cured sausage the meat will turn a brownish grey, it will not become the classic pink until it has gone through thermal processing.
Texture of Sausage is loose
1.Add cure when mixing meat.
2.Incorrect grinding size.
3. Proteins were denatured before cooking.
4. Meat was too lean.
1.Mix until the meat is sticky and tacky. You want it to stretch before breaking..
2.Fresh sausage should have some larger texture to it. For cured sausage it should be smooth with very little particles.
3. Do not add anything that can denature the meats, such as acid, while mixing meat. Make sure the meat you are using is in good condition.
4.Do not use meat less than 15% fat but if you do then use a binder like sure gel or carrot binder. Also, consider adding cold phosphate to increase the pH of the meat.
Stuffing is going slowly
1.Meat does not have enough fat/water.
2.Meat is too warm.
3. Trying to use too small stuffing tube/casing.
1.When mixing in seasoning and additives add additional water
2.Put meat in freezer before stuffing to bring down the temp and make the fat less sticky..
3. Increase the size of stuffing tube and casing.
So, those of you who join the livestreams and listen to the podcasts know that I was planning on doing a Float Tank, also known as a sensory deprivation tank, this weekend. I went Sunday in the middle of the NFL games cause I no longer care about the NFL for some reason. The tanks are filled with water that is 93.5° F filled with epsom salts and highly filtered. The point of the Epsom salts is to let you float and to ease muscle sorness. Some people say that they have visions or hallucinations and some people say it is just calming and helps reset the mind.
Well, my mind has been badly in need of a reset for some time now, forgetting things left and right, not doing my best work and just a general fog have been plaguing me for about 9 months now. I know it was 9 months because it started during December of last year.
So, climbed in closed the door, turned the light and the ocean sounds off, and laid there. Within a few minutes I reached a state of relaxation that was refreshing and I was totally unaware of my body. A really interesting thing to have happened, I couldn’t even feel where the water was touching me. I did some breathing exercises and on huge breaths, I was able to float higher in the water, a great feeling and then on exhales I would slightly sink, not such a great feeling.
I have a severe phobia of sharks so I knew that was going to be a problem in there. It isn’t rational but of course I started seeing vaguely eye-shaped images looking at me and my brain immediately filled in the rest. Oddly, it didn’t bother me in the least and I tried to increase this, see if I could make my mind see a shark. Never happened but it was interesting.
The coolest thing was when I lost sense of direction, I was honestly unsure if I was floating verticaly or horizontaly in the water. That lasted for a few minutes until I gently bumped into a wall and that reorinetated me. Around an hour in I realized I had to use the restroom, so I climbed out, peed and got back in. It was instantly obvious that there was no way I was going to be able to calm back down and have it be anything other than an annoyance so I called it a day after 10 minutes or so.
It was a valuable experience for sure, I feel more alert this morning than normal and do seem to have some extra motivation. I think it is probably like meditation, you need to practice at it to get the full benefits. If anyone is in the Wichita area and is interested here is the website https://tankhousefloat.com/
The new digital camo hat is awesome. Thanks Walton’s! This could definitely be the single item that unites the Blue Team and orange folk. As much as it pains me to say it, the orange “W” pops on the field of digital green. The leather patch on the back is a nice touch. Ill be spending a lot of time on the range this fall teaching and this will definitely be my new range cap.
I know this is not meat related but wanted to share a cool photo with everyone interested. We had a small storm blow through the other night and the thunder from this bolt of lightning shook our cement plant buildings worse than anything I’ve felt in my 15 years here. If you look at the bottom left corner you’ll see our plant. It’s 6 stories high.
Its past midnight EST and September 11th is officially here. I have already made a toast to all of my brothers and sisters in arms who have paid with their lives to keep this country safe the past 20 years. I also toasted my fellow first responders, those Police Officers and Firefighters who selflessly gave their lives trying to rescue their fellow Americans who were in peril during the attack, and to the great Americans who made sure the 4th plane would never harm another American that day. Now I am here just drinking and reflecting on the past 20 years and praying that leadership is restored to this great nation, because it is definitely in short supply.
I am sure most of you can remember where you were and what you were doing at 8:46 am twenty years ago. I was sleeping because I worked the midnight shift as a newly promoted Police Sergeant. I got to bed about 8:00 am and was woken by a friend who was former Air Force, at about 9:45 am. He asked if I knew what had happened and of course I asked what are you talking about. He asked if Andy (fellow Marine and my best friend) was still assigned at the Pentagon, and I said yes. He told me to wake up and turn on the TV, that we were under attack. I woke up and watched in horror with the rest of the nation. The horror turned to fear when I realized my wife and 2 sons were in the same school building and I wasn’t with them. I called my wife and left a voice message to call me and started to the school. My second call was to my parents and my Mom answered the phone crying. All I could get out was , “Are you and Dad OK?”. She said yes, but I knew that was far from the truth. I told my Mom I loved her and would stop by as soon as I could. I headed to school to pick up my boys, knowing my wife couldn’t leave until the other kids were safely picked up. I called my best friends wife to see if she had heard from him and she was crying so hard she could hardly say “no”. It would be an entire day later before she called me to say she had heard from Andy, but he had to stay at work. Luckily he was not at the Pentagon when it was attacked. So all of the things that I remember the most about 9/11 was wanting to be with my family and friends to make sure they were safe. I know all of us have different memories from that day and some of you are young enough not to have memories of it at all. I really hoped our government and the people of this country learned from those horrific events, but I fear most have really forgotten. I hear some give lip service to what happened, but they have really forgotten. So to my fellow warriors, first responders, and patriots, thank you. Don’t forget what really happened the day 26 terrorist attacked our country unprovoked and killed nearly 3000 innocent Americans. Keep your families and friends close, because in the end that is all that really matters. Semper Fidelis and God Bless America.
As we enter the Long Weekend of Labor Day, we, as Americans are celebrating nearly 150 years of The American Workers. We have built the strongest workforce of our globe, and we have much to be proud of.
Now, while I’m tempted to celebrate the end of the Hot Days of Summer, (especially here in Texas) It is the drive of American workers that has made our country GREAT.
A special thanks to all of our military that made this possible. A tribute to our Law Enforcement that protects us. There is a reason that the world did see America as the Land of Opportunity. May this continue as long as the great people of America value just how special this is.
God Bless America!
Austin Jonathon I know that this community is focused on meat processing and having a lot of fun along the way. I have so enjoyed this community, both from an education as well as a friendly entertainment standpoint. I Pray that this post does not cause problems in the community, one which I an so proud to be part of.
Recent decisions from Facebook and Twitter have resulted in me evaluating their social media platforms. I can no longer support their positions and I will remove myself from both. There are many companies that I do not support and carefully screen those that I do business with. I will not support companies that contribute to causes that violate my my value systems.
Respectively, I ask that Walton’s withdraw from Twitter and Facebook. Their platform is no longer friendly to what I believe the Walton’s and Meatgistics community value system supports. I may be 100% wrong, but I will no longer follow Walton’s nor Meatgistics on Facebook or Twitter.
I appreciate your consideration in this matter. I am 100% a Walton’s supporter as well as a proud member of Meatgistics. I’ll always will be.
So I a 2002 Toyota Tundra, I got a great deal on it and I refuse to give it up now, I will drive it until the wheels fall off! So, one thing with it is it has some issue with a battery. It drains them very slowly. In the 3 years I have had it I have replaced the battery 3 times. I JUST did it last week and I went out to start it this morning and it wouldn’t start. Out of annoyance I punched the steering wheel (because I am a mature adult) and the light for the open door and the battery light came right on. I went to start it and it almost started, so I punched it again, this time while laughing and I got it to start no problem.
Anyway, it must have an issue with some wiring in the steering column so I will look at it tonight. Anyway, it made me laugh!
Hey guys, if you post something, or see something posted that you think would be good for social media please tag it with #socialmedia That way we can easily see what you guys want to see us post over there. We are going to try to focus mostly on sausage making and jerky, things that are our core base but I know steaks and bbq are loved as well!
We have new toddler and youth hats!
They are a New Era cap with a black front and white back.
2 sizes… Toddler/Child and Child/Youth
The toddler size fits my 2 year old great, and the youth hat I think will fit a bigger kid, maybe up to 10 or so, as they do have some flex to them. I know the youth hats fit a 5 year old (who has a fairly big head already).
I have 7 toddler/child hats left and 9 child/youth hats left.
If you have a child or grandchild that would wear one, please respond to this message and we’ll give them away first come first serve.
If (when) we run out, we do plan on getting more to keep in stock, but the first set here we’ll just giveaway until they are gone!
Hey guys, I just wanted to let you all know that we got a notification (as did many people) yesterday to an update of the terms of service to our youtube channel. Burried in that was they were going to be able to advertise on any channel, whether it was monetized or not. We are still looking at some things here but it seems that the only way to control what ads run on our channel is to monetize. I am NOT going to do a “how to” video only to have a competitor advertise on our videos.
Just trying to be as upfront and transparent about this as possible as Meatgistics and Walton’s Youtube Channel is a tool we all use!
This morning the wife texted me this pick. Don’t ask me how or when these mean little boogers showed up, but a bald faced Hornet nest about 20 feet from the smoker was unacceptable. One good thing about keeping bees is having a bee suit for these situations. I donned the bee suit after dark and went to war with them. They were not a friendly group and thank God for the bee suit. The nest now resides in a trash bag, which was sprayed and tied shut. Nature can be amazing. They built that hive since spring and concealed it well. It was about 4 feet from the corner of the house and about 5 feet off the ground in an ornamental bush. I love my honey bees, but hornets are A holes with wings and even rob and kill honey bees. So they had to go.
It’s well known that I’m a physical freak, they’ve done studies on my strength. So it is no surprise that I ripped the handle right off of the lay down freezer. Well, I got some bondic a while ago, Austin thought it was awesome so bought some for Waltons and is already paying dividends!