2016 AAMP Convention Wrap-Up (American Association of Meat Processors)


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    2016 AAMP Convention

    This last weekend marked the 77th Annual AAMP Convention, this year in Omaha Nebraska. Walton’s was once again proud to be a Legacy Sponsor and proud to be an AAMP exhibitor as well. It’s always great to see all the familiar faces and friends we have there, and meet those new to the industry and the newest AAMP members. Commercial meat processors, our customers, and our friends from all over the country spent hours each day at all the exhibits, plus educational sessions, and social events. There were also hundreds and hundreds of entries into the American Cured Meat Championships, where attendees competed in 27 different product classes against some of the absolute best meat products in the country.

    2016 F.W. Witt Supplier of the Year Award

    This year was also a special year for us at Walton’s as well, as we are marking our 30th year in business, and we were selected as AAMP’s winner of the 2016 F.W. Witt Supplier of the Year Award. Brett Walton, President & CEO of Walton’s Inc., accepted the award at the convention’s Opening Ceremony. The F.W. Witt Supplier of the Year Award was established in 1996 and is named after Frank Witt, the former owner of a spice company in Yorkville, Illinois. Witt believed in helping and working with the smallest processors in the meat industry. The award celebrates this belief and honors a supplier member who has been devoted to the meat and poultry industry, particularly small and medium sized plant operators. This is the second time that Walton’s has been selected for this award. Walton’s first received the award in 2009. Walton’s is a family-owned business that provides meat processing seasonings, supplies and equipment to independent meat processors across the globe. This year marks Walton’s 30th year in business. We are proud to be able to serve our customers at such a high level and humbled to receive the recognition and from AAMP, our customers, and others in the industry.

    What is AAMP?

    The American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) is North America’s largest meat trade organization. Founded in 1939, it is the mission of AAMP to provide quality service, knowledge through education, regulatory representation, and networking opportunities for members. Find out more on their website www.aamp.com

    Walton’s Booth

    We had a 20x20 booth setup and spent a ton of time talking with a bunch of great people, customers, and friends at the show.

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    Excalibur Seasoning Booth

    Our friends at Excalibur Seasoning were right across the aisle in another 20x20 booth! We love Excalibur Seasoning and we always try to get booths right next to each other.

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    Wrap-Up

    The convention was great, as always! Thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth or visited with us at the show. If you are a small to mid-size independent meat processor and not a member of AAMP, please give us a call at Walton’s and we’d love to help you learn more and get signed up for this great organization. It is not an expensive deal and the benefits are enormous. We hope to see you all in Lexington Kentucky next year!


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  • M

    I’ll be mixing 25 lbs of venison/pork fat at about a 75/25 ratio tomorrow.
    I’ll mix 12.5 lbs. at a time in my 20 lb mixer. I have pre-measured the seasonings and cure into one bag for each 12.5 lbs. I also have the carrot fiber binder measured for each 12.5 lbs of meat.
    Question 1: Would it work to mix the seasoning, cure, and carrot binder with the ice cold water, then pour into mixer for more even dispersion of ingredients?

    Question 2: On the subject of even dispersion of ingredients…how can only 60 seconds or less of mixing get the encapsulated citric acid evenly dispersed?

    Thanks!

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  • @kking It wouldn’t necessarily hurt anything, the only real danger you would run into is getting some case hardening. That is where the outside cooks too quickly and will not pass heat into the center. So you get an overcooked outside and an undercooked inside. If you stick to your previous smoke schedule and get good protein extraction when mixing (should be sticky and stretch if you grab a handful) then you should be good!

    If you get protein extraction my recommendation is low and slow!

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  • K

    @jonathon will it hurt anything to cook them at a higher temp to get them done quicker or should I stay low and slow?

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  • H

    @jonathon Sounds great. Thank you!

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  • @kking Gotcha! Okay, that changes things a little, if you added sure cure then the only other difference is the grinding and mixing. All of that is contained in the article I posted in my previous one, so if you ground and mixed as I did in that video that . I’m glad people are starting to try adding cure to traditionally fresh products, it’s a great way to experience new flavors!

    Since there was nothing bad growing in your meat (since you used sure cure) then I think the most likely thing would be either be some fat rendering out and essentially basting the casing in fat(which would have happened if you did not get enough protein extraction), or it might just have been a less than perfect batch of casings. They are natural casings and even though they are processed there is going to be some variability. You certainly can use natural hog casings to smoke sausage, people do it often, I just prefer collagen because I find it so much easier to work with and I like the snap of it better.

    The major downside to collagen is that it will not accept a twist as natural casings will.

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  • K

    @jonathon thanks for the help. However I did add sure cure to it when I mixed it and stuffed it. Is the issue I’m using the wrong casing? Do the natural casing not hold up to that slow cooking process. I guess I called them brats because I used brat seasoning.

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