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  • RE: Carrot fiber.

    @renaldo No you are right! For some reason I thought you were doing a 25 lb batch! For 7 lb the correct amount of carrot fiber would be 1.1 oz and for water don’t use more than 16 oz.

    posted in General
  • RE: Beef Tounge

    @Denny There is a guy here who does Lingua occasionally but he is at the AAMP (Association of American Meat Processors) Convention right now. I sent him an email so hopefully he has some time to give me his recipe because it was very tender. If not now then he will be back Monday.

    posted in Meat Processing
  • Linking Sausage, Maintenance for the VP215
    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.

    American BBQ Systems Pit Boss

    Pit Boss

    Broil King S 590

    S 590
    posted in Waltons Blog
  • RE: Carrot fiber.

    @dc2lane For carrot fiber add it to your meat just before, or after, you add the water to mix in the seasoning and cure. For water you can add 2 qt of ice cold water and 4 oz (or a full package, might be just below 4 oz) of carrot fiber. Now, if you are stuffing into larger diameter (19 or 21mm) casings then you don’t really need to add the full 2 qts. It will make stuffing much easier but it will increase your cook time as you will need to cook that out of snack stick during the cooking process.

    posted in General
  • RE: How long to marinate jerky?

    @syno5 If you aren’t using a cure accelerator then I would always shoot for 12 hours, longer doesn’t really do anything and you do run the risk of the cure not being as effective in fighting off nasty bacteria and microorganisms if you hold it too long. Different Jerky Seasonings have different flavor profiles but the Bold is a fairly strong tasting seasoning that should give you a good strong jerky flavor though. So an important thing to keep in mind is to drag the slices through the seasoning and cure and make sure they are fully coated on both sides. Then I like to add the meat to a container without a lot of wasted space so that I can add as little water as possible, just enough to cover the slices.

    As for drying before marinating that is not necessary but if you are looking for more smoke flavor in your jerkyand are using a smoker then you might want to pat it dry before laying it out on your screens. If you are using an oven and a dehydrator then this won’t make a difference.

    posted in Meat Processing
  • Cooking With A Himalayan Salt Slab

    Meat Hacks: Cooking on a Himalayan Salt Slab

    Learn about cooking steak on a Himalayan Salt Slab with Walton's and Meatgistics. Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions or comments below.

    Meat Hacks

    Cooking on a Himalayan Salt Slab

    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.

    It appears to offer a few advantages over traditional methods like cooking on grill grates or cast iron. Since it is a solid slab of natural Himalayan salt it will season your meat as you cook it, so you don’t need to add any rubs or seasonings to your steak, if you don’t want to. This can help cut down on your sodium intake as even though you are cooking on a salt slab and will get some salt into your food the transfer will be less than a fully seasoned steak. Himalayan Salt also has a stronger flavor than regular salt so you don’t need as much to get the same flavor. Aside from the flavor Himalayan salt also contains micro nutrients that are not present in regular table salt.

    These Salt Slabs are very good at heat retention, once you get them up to heat they will maintain a nice even heat and are suitable for cooking at extreme temperatures. These Himalayan Salt Slabs have a melting point of over 1,400 degrees so they can be used for almost any application. The surface is not very porous and the salt helps dry out and kill bacteria so it is a very hygenic cooking surface.

    To get this ready to cook on we need to heat it in stages. Camerons recommends to preheat this slowly, so we will do 15 minutes on low, 15 on medium and 15 on high. This will work well because I like to give my steaks 45 minutes to come to room temperature before cooking them.

    We are cooking a ribeye today, so we want to get this salt block up to around 500°, we are going to check that with the Laser Infrared Thermometer but if you want to know when you Slab is properly pre heated you can sprinkle some water on it and it should immediately sizzle. I am going to cook the steak for 3-4 minutes a side, as I want to get this steak to around 130°. When using a Himalayan Salt Slab it is recommended that you use a metal spatula or tongs, no plastic.

    You could also cook vegetables or seafood directly on this but steak was the first thing I wanted to try.

    So we have a Medium Rare Ribeye with a beautiful crust on it, that is partly because the salt from the block helped draw out the moisture from the outside of the meat and it crisped up beautifully.

    To clean this you will need to let it cool first, so turn off your grill and leave it in there for about an hour or until it is cool to the touch. Then wipe it down with a moist towel or sponge until all the food particles are gone. Do not use soap on this or place it directly under running water or soak it.

    All in all the Camerons Himalayan Salt Grilling Slab is a great tool to use in your kitchen or grill for when you want to try something different or impress your dinner guests. It cooked a very tasty steak and was a lot easier to use than I initially thought it would be. As a bonus it can be used as a serving dish and it looks great when left out on a counter or on a shelf.

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    Broil King Signet 320

    Signet 320

    Broil King Baron 420

    Baron 420
    posted in Smoking & Grilling
  • RE: Meat Hacks: The Best Way to Cook Pheasant?

    @parksider A bit of an embarrassing fact is that I didn’t really eat wild game (other than venison jerky) when I was in upstate NY! It just wasn’t part of my culture at that point, moving down to Texas and now Kansas has fixed that but what is Spiedie Sauce?

    posted in Smoking & Grilling
  • RE: Meat Hacks: The Best Way to Cook Pheasant?

    @allanmoyer Haha it’s all good Allan, I don’t even think we stock a Saw anymore, everything is special order these days but man are they useful to have when you need it!

    posted in Smoking & Grilling
  • RE: Brisket Hamburger

    @Parksider Two things on steak for anyone interested. First if you have ever wanted to get into Sous Vide cooking then that is absolutely the way to go for steaks, if you have the time and inclination. The steaks are the most tender and perfectly cooked steaks you will ever get. If you don’t have access to a Sous Vide cooker then reverse sear them, in my mind it is much better than just straight on the grill, you get a pretty perfect cook throughout!

    For the reverse sear method check here:
    https://meatgistics.waltonsinc.com/topic/238/how-to-reverse-sear-a-steak

    For anyone interested here are some posts on Sous Vide:
    https://meatgistics.waltonsinc.com/topic/526/sous-vide-steaks
    https://meatgistics.waltonsinc.com/topic/559/sous-vide-chicken-wings
    https://meatgistics.waltonsinc.com/topic/612/meat-hacks-the-best-way-to-cook-pheasant

    posted in Roll Call
  • AAMP, Being Creative With Seasoning and Bad Plates and Knives
    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
    posted in Waltons Blog

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