Using Cure Accelerators In Making Sausage
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Meat Hacks: Using Cure Accelerators In Making Sausage
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Benefits of Using Cure Accelerators In Making Sausage
A lot of our recipes from Walton’s and Meatgistics call for a 12 hour holding period when making cured sausage. What this does is allow the cure to begin working before you begin thermal processing, cooking, and smoking. However, if you want to skip this step, and proceed directly to smoking after processing or stuffing into casings, you can use a cure accelerator to avoid that holding period. Multiple different types are available at waltonsinc.com. One key point to remember though is that if you are using a cure accelerator in a pickle or brine, do not save any leftovers. Only mix what you need for immediate usage and discard any and all leftovers. You should also avoid any direct contact or storage with cure accelerators and cure or nitrites. Lastly, another big benefit of using a cure accelerator is to improve your meat products flavor stability and it promotes an extended shelf life.
What Kind of Cure Accelerators Are Available?
- Smoked Meat Stabilizer - One of the easiest options for homemade sausage, but it cannot be used in pickle or brine
- Sodium Erythorbate - The most popular used option overall in the meat industry
- Cure Excellerator - Excalibur Seasoning’s customized blend of Sodium Erythorbate and Sodium Citrate that is faster acting than pure Sodium Erythorbate
- Encapsulated Citric Acid - This is what is typically used in making summer sausage and snack sticks to provide a tangy flavor, but it also acts as a cure accelerator
So if you want to skip the 12 hour holding period when making cured meats between processing and cooking, simply use a cure accelerator, and get the added benefits of flavor stability and a potentially better shelf life.
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.