New to Excalibur seasonings

  • Was planing to make Sriracha flavored snack sticks with high temp cheddar cheese tomorrow. While in Wichita a week and a half ago I purchased a bag of seasoning and sure cure. Din not want the encapsulated citric acid. My question is did I mess up by not purchasing a binder such as carrot fiber or sure gel. Is binder absolutely necessary or can snack sticks be made successfully without it? Another alternative I may have is to use a cure from a HI MOUNTAIN snack stick kit that says to stuff immediately because the cure acts as a binder. I live 100 miles from Wichita and cant just run down and get some. Any suggestions or help would be appreciated.

  • @charlie you need to stuff immediately because the meat mixture will get to thick to go through a small stuffing tube but still need to let the stuffed snack sticks cure in the fridge for the proper amount of time… i use non fat powdered milk as a binder un my snack sticks.

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    @charlie That sounds like a great combination. You will be fine without ECA, carrot fiber and sure gel. These products help to create a moister product with a better mouth feel but I have made plenty of snack sticks without additives that were great for friends and family. They might have a shorter shelf life but I am sure if you follow the directions you will be happy with the finished product. Remember without encapsulated citric acid you will need to hold them in the refrigerator overnight before going to the smoker. Good luck and most of all enjoy making your own snack sticks!

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    There is not much to the process. After I combine the meat and spices (I have been using about 2% salt with cure # 2 @ 1 teaspoon per 5lbs of meat) then stuff it into natural hog casings, I put it in the basement to hang for abut 6 weeks. The humidity is low, so it dries out about half it s weight by then, maybe a little bit less.
    Then we eat it. I have only had one hollow batch so far and i think that may be the stuffing issue or maybe the very low humidity combined with temps of around 42 degrees. The good batches came out when the humidity was a little higher and the temperature stayed around 58 degrees.

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  • @jonathon 😂 thanks man

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    @lamurscrappy I did not, I put it in the fridge as soon as I water bathed it. The casings were pre stuck

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    Thanks: I see for hams they call soaking for3-5 days brining and the bacon recipe calls it pickling. Both mean the same? Thanks for the help

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  • @scottwaltner Your meat block and smoking schedule sound fine so it doesn’t appear to be that. You say you water bathed them, was it ice water? Also what @RickHeb said is true, they need to sit out at room temp for an hour after the ice bath and then sit in the cooler overnight befire vacuum packing them.

    Last thing, were your fibrous casings pre-stuck? If they werent this very well could happen?

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    @jonathon I used 15 pounds elk and 5 pounds pork butt. No binder.

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