• Made sausage this morning and was planning on putting straight into the smoker. As I was mixing the Willie’s seasoning and sure cure into the meat I had my wife looking for the ECA, but found out I was out! 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

    So now I have to hold the sausage in the fridge to let the sure cure do it’s thing.

    My question is, how long must I hold the sausage in the fridge? I’ve read 12 hrs or overnight, would I be ok only holding it 8 hrs or less?

    I’m trying to get started as soon as I can, so I’m not up ALL night, since I have to work tomorrow!

  • Team Orange Power User Masterbuilt

    Jeff Knott
    Try and hold it as long as you can. You may not get that nice pink color to the meat but even a few hours is better than nothing. Seeing that your using the Willie’s I’m guessing your doing snack sticks which won’t take as long to cook as summer sausage. If you still want the ECA and have a Scheels close by they do sell it.


  • Thanks!!

    I already stuffed this morning also and no scheels close to me.

    I just wanted to make sure the sausage would be safe with a shorter hold time, not overly worried about the pink appearance.

    Just ordered some ECA from Walton’s, along with an 11 lb stuffer. I’m excited to actually have a stiffer vs using a grinder to stuff, like I have been!!!

  • Power User Canning Team Orange Regular Contributors

    Jeff Knott good choice you will wonder why you didn’t get one sooner like many of us !

  • Team Blue Admin Walton's Employee Power User

    Jeff Knott 12 hours is best but if you can only make 8 work then you should be ok! Sorry for the long response time, its been a weird weekend/holiday and I haven’t been around my computer until just now!

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