astrawderman 1)Yeah, you want to hold it for at least 12 hours in a 50% strength cure even if you inject it and use sodium erythorbate. This will let the cure equalize for a little more info check out the post here and its injecting section https://meatgistics.waltonsinc.com/topic/385/how-to-make-homemade-bacon-recipe.
#2) I havent cold smoked bacon so I can’t really speak to that but I’d imagine doing that is going to partially heat treat it no matter how uch you crack the lid.
Douglas Moore Technically the cure would continue to work in the meat for up to 8 days as the cure will be effective up to that point. However, there would be some problems with that, the salt is working on the proteins pretty much from as soon as you add it to the meat, if you let it sit in the fridge for that long I think you would have some real issues when you went to cook. I think that case hardening, which is where the outside of the meat either dries or gets cooked too quickly and cannot pass heat efficiently into the center of the sausage, would be a major issue.
Long story short (too late!) I wouldn’t ever let it sit more than 24 hours.
Also, just make sure it is stuffed before you hold it, if you try to stuff after 12 hours it can be difficult, after 24 hours might be impossible.
Hope this answered your question!
tarp Yup, you made the right decision! Some of the seasonings can set up but if you are using water in your product it isnt too big of a deal. If you have a brick of seasoning and you are wanting to use it to make a fresh product and you aren’t adding any water a few minutes in a hi-powered blender will do the trick.
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