Meatgistics: 5 Tips to Mix like a Pro
Meat Hacks: Mix Like a Pro at Home
Learn how to Mix Like a Pro with Walton's and Meatgistics. Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions or comments below.
How can I Mix Like a Pro at Home?
A few weeks ago we showed you guys some tips on how you could take some of the things that commercial processors do when grinding meat and adapt them for use at home. We are continuing our effort to help you guys make the best homemade product possible so today we have some tips for you on meat mixing.
1 Protein Extraction is the Key
When mixing large batches of Summer Sausage, Snack Sticks or any other product that requires protein extraction a commercial processor is going to use a large commercial mixer and the paddles on the mixer creates mechanical energy that will break down the proteins in the meat and allow them to bind together with the fat, water, additives and seasonings. While you don’t have a large commercial style mixer you can use home mixer to get the same results, either the 20 or 44 lb Weston mixers will work for your purposes, the 44 lb mixer even hooks up to the #22 and larger Weston pro series grinders and does the work for you. You will also want to use both the forward and reverse on your mixer in about equal amounts to make sure the seasoning is mixing in as thoroughly as possible. You know when you have enough protein extraction when you pick up a handful of it and try to pull it apart and it stretches before breaking.
2 Use a Binder
Almost all commercial processors are using some sort of binder when mixing their meat for a cured product. It helps with protein extraction and it increases the final yield by keeping more of the water bound up in the product. The next time you plan on making summer sausages or snack sticks add some sure gel or carrot fiber, it will make protein extraction easier and give you a better consistency.
3 Use the Correct Amount of Excalibur Seasonings
Commercial processors are also using seasonings with the correct amount of salt in them and salt plays a key part in protein extraction. This is another reason why we always recommend you use Excalibur Seasonings, they have already calculated all of this out. Your home recipe is not going to be as accurate.
4 Add Ingredients in the Correct Order
Make sure you mix in special ingredients like Cheeses or any Encapsulated products last. Mixing too early can smear the cheese or break the casing on an encapsulated product which can cause the encapsulated ingredient to start working too soon in your product.
5 Keep Things Cold
Many commercial processors with do their mixing in a cool room which helps keep the heat down. If you have a room large enough for you and your mixer then by all means do that but since most of you don’t have that ability. So, after you grind your meat put it in a freezer for 30 minutes or so to cool it back down after grinding.
We will be back in a later video showing you some things you can do to stuff like the pros.
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It sounds like you used casings that were intended for semi-dri, smoked or fermented snack sticks. For a fresh breakfast sausage you would want to use a “fresh” collagen or natural hog or sheep casing.
@papag Thank you!! That is what I had intended to do but wanted verification.
On the measurements, I measured & calculated the five pound container of cure mix three times & got three different answers as would be suspected for something that should be weighed. However, since I do not have a food scale anymore I settled for about 2.25 cups to equal 1 pound of cure mix. Thank you for the suggestion on the liners & I will look into that too. I tried to find a food safe five gallon bucket, but was unable. I used my typical Aluminum Turkey Pot that I usually use with up to 2.5 gallon freezer bags for smaller turkeys, butts, briskets, etc. However, since this ham was so big, I had to go & get a 10 gallon freezer bag to use for the ham & put that into the Turkey Pot to keep it together. That ham has been taking a bath now for a day. Thank you all for all your help.
Please help me if you can. Let’s say I wanted to mix two flavors like habanero and ranch yup that’s the request from the wife and friends and I’m down to try. Would I mix for the whole 25 lb batch or cut each in half? Main question is are there salts in these blends or just flavor?
I made a batch of breakfast sausage. This is my first time using collagen casings. I used 19mm Mahogony edible collagen casings.
Well, I pan fried them this morning and the casings were like rubber. I was able to slide the sausage out of the casings so all was not lost.
Any ideas why the casings were not really edible?
Thanks in advance
I smoked many a summers on my traeger. Turning them a few times during the process will ensure that you won’t get “cooked product” on the side that is facing the grill.