What type of sausage is recommended/tried with ground chicken???
@angel4us I love making Chicken Sausage, it’s a great way to have a healthier option. We actually did a post and a video on this check out the post https://meatgistics.waltonsinc.com/topic/264/how-to-make-homemade-chicken-brats and the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYu5S8qtvEY .
I listed out some favorites in the post but here is a quick list of some of the seasonings that I think work well with Chicken, Habanero Mango (if you like heat try this one, not all that hot but does have some kick to it) Supreme Pizza Bratwurst, Rueben Bratwurst, Feta Cheese and Spinach, Hot Buffalo Wing and the Sun Dried Italian.
One thing to keep in mind is that since chicken is lower fat than pork or beef the taste will be toned down a little bit as the fat acts as a delivery system for the seasoning. You can combat this by using the full bag of seasoning but only using 20 lb of meat or you can add some fat but that sort of defeats the purpose of making a healthier brat!
You should still check out the post and the video for some more tips like using a binder!
I hope it works out well for you, post some pictures if it comes out well!
I wish we could help out more on this one, but this is using someone else’s recipe and process in a way I don’t feel comfortable with (since they recommend not using a cure or nitrite/nitrate). There really isn’t an answer I’d feel safe giving you since this is not something we’ve done and tested like this before.
My suggestion on hams is always to follow our standard recipe here:
My best alternative suggestion is to look for more information from a state University Meat Extension Department. They have usually done the proper research and development to provide better guidance. The University of Missouri has an article here that might be of help: https://extension2.missouri.edu/g2526
For the future, I’ll see if we can develop a recipe and process here to provide better guidance towards processing hams in this manner.
New to the forum and excited to learn! Looking to smoke my first batch of summers on my smoker. I noticed they have strings for hanging, but my smoker is set up more like a traditional barrel grill.
Questions: If I lay my summers on the grate of the smoker, will the casings burst/burn?
Thanks in advance!
The article does not cover when to cold smoke a cured ham. I have 16 wild hog hams in brine as of last night. I need to know at what point do I put them in the smoke house for this phase of the process.
For this version of Landjaeger, we did actually cook it. It could be made differently, but for our entry level MeatgisticsU course, it’s easier and safer to give instructions on doing a proper thermal processing. (Someday we will have to try to get to doing a completely traditional dry cured version.)
Smoked Meat Stabilizer and Sodium Erythorbate are similar to each other, but definitely not a replacement for a real cure, like Sure Cure. They simply act as cure accelerators, speeding up the conversion of nitrite in sausage during thermal processing. Using an accelerator (like one of these, or Encapsulated Citric Acid) allows you to skip the holding stage after stuffing and go straight into the smokehouse.
In the ‘Meat Block’ you don’t list using a cure. The packet of Landjaeger seasoning I purchased came with a packet of Cure.
As this is a sausage that is ment to be consumed without cooking shouldn’t a cure be used. I know you put in the wrap up about using Smoked Meat Stabilizer or Sodium Erythorbate are they equivalent to using a true cure.
You shouldn’t have a noticeable difference in stuffing based upon the difference of using a grinder or a bowl chopper.
Your biggest help in making stuffing easier will be using plenty of water. At least 1 quart per 25 lb meat block, but up to 2 quarts is even better. And, your lean to fat ratio will make a difference. Leaner meat will be harder to stuff while a higher fat content will make things easier. Keep the meat as cold as possible too and that will help make things a little easier to stuff as well.