How to prevent fine powder seasoning from making everyone sneeze/cough?
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I have had this occur with Teriyaki Snack Stick Seasoning in the past and most recently with the Buffalo Bleu Cheese Snack Stick Seasoning.
After pouring the seasoning into our mixing bowl that we use to add the seasoning to our meat mixer the fine powder seasoning of the Buffalo Bleu Cheese and Teriyaki Snack Stick Seasonings just hangs in the air and everyone in the surrounding rooms start breathing this into their lungs and start sneezing and coughing.
What is the best way to prevent this?
I was thinking that we might just have to pour the seasoning in a mixing bowl and mix with the water and sure gel outside before bringing back inside. If anyone has any other suggestions, I would love to hear them.
@NDKoze Some of those seasoning blends do get really dusty, and they are really irritable if you breathe them in at all…
You definitely just want to be extremely gentle with them once you open the package. Applying moisture to the seasoning will definitely help contain the dustiness of it. Mixing it into the water and sure gel mixture you are adding may help and could be the answer. I always use a meat mixer, and it has a lid, so I carefully open the bag and dump the seasoning in gently, then quickly place the lid on the mixer. I never get absolutely 100% of it contained, but usually enough to stop me from having a sneezing fit.
We have a Butter Flavored Seasoning and Marinade that I use to inject a lot of different cuts of meat with, and this seasoning is exactly like your description and experience with the Buffalo Bleu Cheese Snack Stick Seasoning. Since I use it as an injection, I’m immediately opening and dumping it in a container of water to dissolve and mix, and that does prevent a lot of the seasoning dust cloud that would make you sneeze.
So, basically dump straight into a mixer with a lid or dump the seasoning package straight into water are the two things I’ve done.
If anyone has had better luck with another method, I’d love to hear any other success stories as well.
In the past while making summer sausage I have used ground beef 80/20 about 8 pounds and about 4 pounds mixed together… what mixture do you use for summer sausage
@KSHusker First, yes they should be safe to eat. You cooked them to 160° which will kill anything harmful. Now, obviously use common sense and your senses, if it smells bad don’t eat it!
The first thing to know is if you used sure cure (or another version) or not? From the sounds of it, you did but I just want to make sure we are looking at all possibilities. Were the butts untrimmed? If they had a nice fat cap on them then you should have been okay, I still like to use a little more fat than that but you should have been in the realm. How did you mix it, was it by hand? If you mixed for 30 minutes in a meat mixer that is a long time to be mixing it (I don’t think this was your issue, just pointing it out). Starting at 200 is a little high but it also sounds like it came down to 180° pretty quickly but this would be my thought on why the casing stuck, cooking too high can cause this.
For the color, the only thing I can think of (if you used a cure) is that it looks pinker around the edges because you got a nice smoke ring around it? How deep does the nice pink color go and what type of casing did you use? With wild game, I always use some sort of cure accelerator, either Encapsulated Citric Acid, Smoked Meat Stabilizer or something, it helps burn the color more and then you can skip holding it overnight and go right from stuffing to the smokehouse.
Anyone else have thoughts?