Cold Water Bath or Shower for Cured Sausages
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Meat Hacks: Cold Water Bath or Shower for Cured Sausages
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Benefits of a Cold Water Bath or Shower for Cured Sausages
After you get done cooking any type of cured meat product you want to cool it down as quickly as possible. The cooling cycle is going to help out with 3 different things. First, the cooling cycle helps set the casing to the product and keeps the meat and casings from separately or peeling off. Second, it also helps prevent wrinkling in your sausage casings to make a better looking appearance on the final product. Lastly, the cooling cycle really helps with meat safety and controlling bacteria and microbial growth.
Easiest Way to Do a Cold Water Bath or Shower
- Shower the product directly in your smokehouse. This isn’t always possible though if your smokehouse is not in a place that is moisture friendly or you cannot reach it with a hose.
- Use a meat lug and a kitchen sink. After cooking, put your meat product into a Meat Lug, set the meat lug at an angle in your kitchen sink, and turn on the facet and let the water run over the product, into the meat lug, and then slowly overflow into the sink. Let the water continue to run from the facet over the meat and overflow into the sink for about 10 minutes until the meat products have cooled completely.
So always use a cold water bath or shower to help set the casing to the meat, prevent wrinkling for a better appearance, and practice good meat safety by lowering the temp quickly to limit bacteria and microbial growth.
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?