Use Cold Meat For Making Sausage
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Meat Hacks: Using Cold Meat for Making Sausage
Does the temperature of meat matter when making sausage? Watch the full video below, read the highlights here, and then post your comments or questions below.
Always Use Cold Meat
Whenever you are making sausage whether that is snack sticks, summer sausage, brats, or any type of smoked sausage, make sure you use as cold of meat as possible. What we do before we make sausage is to put the meat in the freezer for an hour or so before processing. This helps get the meat even colder than the temp of just being in a refrigerator, but keeps it from being completely frozen. We want the meat to be as cold as possible and putting in the freezer for an hour or so will get it really cold and even start to make the outside layers even slightly frozen. The colder the meat, the better it will grind and have better particle definition in your final sausage. Cold meat will also help with meat safety. The colder the meat is, the less likely we’ll have bacteria grow. And, lastly, protein extraction is more efficient at colder temps.
So whenever you are making sausage, just remember to have your meat temperature be as cold as possible and you will make a better and safer overall product!
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.
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?
@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!
i use denuded round. higher cost, less waste, cleaner eating
@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.