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  • I am going to make a 25# batch of Waltons Bold and 25 # batch of Colorado jerky I will be using equal parts deer pork and beef . I will then stuff into Wilsons 2.9" × 24" fibrous casings . I will then nearly freeze the meat filled casings then slice about 1/4" thick little medallions and then dry them in our dehydrator.
    I have made this before everyone loved them. I also make snack sticks and cook them in my smoker .
    My question is I was thinking of adding some liquid smoke to the jerky since their is no smoke in my dehydrator but how much should I add to a 25# batch?

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    I’m assuming that you are using Liquid Smoke from waltonsinc.com
    Because, usage levels may vary between different liquid smoke products and all are not made equal.
    0.75 oz is used per 25 lb of meat. That would equate to approximately 0.05lb

    The amount of liquid smoke you use is very small as it is very potent.

    When I make product in a dehydrator and I want smoke flavor, I use and recommend Hickory Smoke Powder, instead of liquid smoke. The Hickory Smoke Powder comes in a 1oz package and that 1oz package is used for 25lb of meat, so it makes it easier to just put the whole package into a 25lb batch instead of having to measure out liquid smoke.

    If you don’t already have the liquid smoke, you might consider trying the hickory smoke powder instead, but either is perfectly acceptable to use.

    Let us know if you have any other questions! Good luck on your processing and I hope it turns out great!

  • @Austin thank you for your quick and informative reply I have not heard about the hickory smoke powder sounds awsome. Next time I place an order I will add it to my list thank you.

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    I believe the recommended curing time is 12 hours but can I go less than that? I was expecting my order to be here tonight and it won’t be here till tomorrow morning now.

    I was going to mix up my batch of jerky tonight but will have to do it tomorrow on my lunch break. Just wondering if tomorrow evening would be long enough to let the meat cure.



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    Your recipe calls for 1. Sure Cure, 2. Sure Gel Meat Binder, and 3. Smoked Meat Stabilizer. I have all but the Sure Gel Meat Binder. Can I get by without using this? Second question- Is Excalibur’s Cure Excellerator the same as Sure Cure?

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  • @andyman Great question, Carrot Fiber holds up to 26 times its weight in water, and while the 80 oz is still well inside that I have never done that before. I max out (even with Carrot Fiber) at 64 oz which is 2 qts. My only fear with doing 80 is that it might take a lot longer to cook as it will have more water content that will be trying to evaporate. Most of that water should be bound up in the carrot fiber though so it wouldn’t really be available to be cooked out. Hmmm, my recommendation, to be safe is to stick with 64 oz of water.

    Now, as to should you add more seasoning, some people will taste the difference if you did not add additional seasonings and some (most) will not. Your water and your seasoning is technically part of your meat block (anyone who is reading this who doesn’t consider this don’t worry!) so adjusting your meat block to include your water is sometimes done. If you do decide to add more spices or seasonings I would add aromatics and things like Rosemary and Basil, don’t add more salt as that is formulated specifically for the meat block.

    Hope this helps and if you do decide to go with 80 oz of water then I would be very interested in the results!

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    i use denuded round. higher cost, less waste, cleaner eating

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  • @twigg267 I did a meatgistics university article on this topic, you can view it Jerky 103 - Best Cuts For Jerky and read the article! Let me know if you have more questions beyond what is available there!

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    @jonathon I enjoyed this line of questions and comments, it made me think. Here is my related question: Assume I use 25 lbs. of meat to make summer sausage and add one package, 4 oz., of Carrot Fiber and 80 oz. of water. The ratio is 20 times the weight of water to the weight of CF. In other words, I am adding 5 lbs. 4 oz. of water/CF paste to my meat dough. Should I adjust the amount of salt and spices, I add to the dough? I am concerned that the flavor will be weaker if I don’t add spices for the new total, 30 lbs. curious as to what y’all thinking.

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