Using a Scale To Measure Seasoning for Smaller Batches
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Meat Hacks: Using a Scale To Measure Seasoning for Smaller Batches
Learn how to breakdown a bag a seasoning for smaller batches. Watch the full video below, read the highlights here, and then post your comments or questions below.
Why Use a Scale to Measure Out Seasonings & Spices
Using a scale is very important and extremely helpful when measuring out individual seasonings and spices, to be very accurate and precise and consistent in your sausage making.
How to Use a Scale to Measure Seasoning for Smaller Batches
Supreme Pizza Bratwurst Seasoning comes in a package that is meant to season 25 lb of meat, but what if you only want to make 5 lb of bratwursts?
Simply follow a couple simple calculations and use a scale to weigh out exactly how much seasoning to use.
In our example below, we used the Supreme Pizza Bratwurst Seasoning which contains 1.125 lb of seasoning and is meant to be used with 25 lb of meat, but we’ll divide it out to make only a 5 lb batch of sausage.
- Take the weight of the seasoning and divide it by the number of pounds it is meant to season - 1.125 / 25 = 0.045
- Take the result from step 1 and multiply it by the number of pounds you want to make - 0.045 x 5 = 0.225
- The result from step 2 is your weight of seasoning to use, so simply weigh out 0.225 lb using a scale
- Or, convert your weight to ounces by multiplying it by 16 (0.225 x 16 = 3.6 oz) and weigh out 3.6 oz using a scale
What Kind of Scales are Available?
There are so many different types of scales available. Check out the entire selection of scales at waltonsinc.com
Walton’s favorite scale to use in the kitchen for measuring small portions of seasoning and spices is the Compact Digital Kitchen Scale, and it is available for less than $20.
So if you want to make the most consistent product, always measure out seasonings and spices using a scale. And to measure out seasoning for smaller batches, simply take the weight of the seasoning, divide it by the pounds of meat it is meant for, and multiple it by the number of pounds you want to make!
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@Austin Is there a way to use volume measurements rather than weighing the spices?
ie. a Tablespoon of cure equals one ounce?
It would have to be manually calculated for every seasoning blend, and it isn’t very feasible for us to keep track and maintain that info on every item. Volumetric just isn’t as accurate as by weight and volume can vary a bit. One could come up with an approximation for many items though. For example, for cure, we say that Sure Cure has 6 teaspoons in 1 ounce.
If you have a specific request on calculating the amount for a specific seasoning blend, let us know and we’ll see what we can come up with.
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@Austin Thanks Austin!
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@daveomak makes a good point, sometimes we forget to point out how important food safety is! The last thing any of us want is to make someone sick and that goes double for a family member!
@Kinger no, it shouldnt make a difference, I was responding to this first thing in the morning before running to a class that I am taking at Iowa state so I think I was thinking at the beginning of the response that you cooked to an internal of 178 and then I realized my mistake but never fixed the response! Sorry, once Im back in Wichita, on Friday things will hopefully go back to normal!
@newbe … Afternoon… Keep the meat BELOW 40 degrees F… Bacteria is growing while the meat is warming up… then again when cooling down… The LAST thing you want or need is a batch of meat that has been warm for an hour or longer… One good way to do that is double bowl the meat… Ice in the larger bowl and the smaller bowl, with the meat in it, on ice… You don’t want your family to get food poisoning… Dave
I do it all the time. Still remember my mom saying it’s not a good idea. I’m sure if you are buying a nice steak and intend it eat it as a grilled T-bone you might notice some flesh cell break down (texture change). If you are going to use it in sausage you will not notice any difference. Made brats last night. Once frozen pork and elk. Refroze the brats. I do it time and time again.
Here is a link to a website that has a handy Excel spreadsheet. It is, as it says a free non-commercial site.
As for Waltons dropping the ball, I vote they are doing a great job.
I think for all of us there are general guidelines, but unless you have a temperature and humidity controlled environment, both for the preparation, cooking (if you cook them) smoking, hanging etc, the results are bound to vary from batch to batch.
Personally, I am searching how to get my home made smoked and dry cured pepperoni to the exact texture and firmness of Margarita pepperoni from the store.
Through trial and error I have the flavor where I want it, but not the texture or firmness. I know time, temperature and humidity are all crucial, but the best I can do is in the basement and then subject to the environment that is there.
I figure as long as I am not killing anyone or making anyone sick I am making progress. Thanks Waltons for all of the great information so far.
Having said that, it would be nice to have your chart in an Excel spreadsheet.