lsaule I guess how accurate do you want to be in your protein/fat ratio? You can break down your animal muscles into lean and fat and mix back together to get the protein/fat ratio you want. E.g. 5lb meat block with 30% fat is 3.5lbs lean and 1.5 lbs fat (5 X .30 = 1.5). This will get you in the ballpark. If you are looking for dead nuts accurate you are going to buy some really expensive equipment. I like to keep it simple and in the ballpark is good for most of my sausages, seasoning percentages are more of a focus for me. Hope this helps.:orangehat:
Sure Gel/Water for 5lbs of Venison Hamburger 80/20
Looking at making snack sticks out of ground venison and have not added sure gel and water before. Any recommendation on a ratio of water and sure gel for 5lbs of ground venison?
mwradke Are you adding pork fat to get to 20% pork fat or are you doing it with just the venison? If you are doing just the venison then I would add 9 oz of water. If you are adding pork fat then 6.4 oz (both of those are because you are using sure gel)
For 5 lb batches the sure gel is 3 tbspn & 1 tspn (1.2 oz/33.9 g) Go by weight if you can because that will be more accurate.
We broke down all additives, seasonings and cures in 1 and 5 lb batches here https://meatgistics.waltonsinc.com/category/23/seasonings The newer seasonings have been done and will be updated in the next few days but almost everything should be on there!