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This weekend I made fresh sausage, hot, sweet, and your holly breakfast sausage. I found the holly spice a very nice flavor. My sweet was great. However my hot had great flavor, but the color was drab. I used some paprika for color. I still was not happy with that. Do you sell something to address this issue?
Other than paprika, the most economical way to add a color and signify a hot or spicy sausage would be to use red collagen casings. These casings look awesome when making hot links, or other spicy sausage. It doesn’t color the meat itself but the casings in red make the sausage look great!
You might be able to use a food safe food coloring. I don’t know if it would have any effect on the texture of the meat, and we’ve never tried it here, but it could be worth doing a small test batch on to try and test it out.
Other than those options, there is nothing else that is cost effective for making small batches of homemade sausage. My personal recommendation would be to use the red collagen casings.
Cooked a batch of summmer in PK 100 casings are 1 7/8 by 12 cooked at 120 for one hour then 140 two hours then 180 tell internal of 152 but when I went to pull them the fat had liquefied any ideas
Tom T from Boise, ID
Oh… I ground the pork fat and the venison at the same time. 2 chunks of venison, 1 chunk of pork, back and forth…
Yes… sure cure and sure gel binder. The venison and pork fat were both still partially frozen when I ground them. First through the large course plate, then again through the small plate. (Not sure of sizes, but these are the plates i normally use for summer sausage). I probably should have put the meat back in the freezer before seasoning but i was pressed for time. I mixed by hand for 14 or 15 minutes. I also think I might have added to much water. The video said 2 quarts for wild game 2 pints for fatty pork. I put in 1 quart and about another cup. I mixed until it got tacky and then mixed some more. The meat seemed soupy to me but the video said that would be ok.
The shriveling occurred before I bumped the temp up. I was using a digital thermometer with a probe, when the temp stalled for a couple hours, I suspected the temp might be reading inaccurately so I opened the door to confirm with a dial thermometer. The digital was accurate but the sausage was already shriveling.
Another thing that bothered me was the casings… these had perforations for some reason. I e never used perforated casings before and seemed like I was losing a pot of moisture through them. Did I have the wrong casings? The other fibrous casings in the catalog said you were supposed to poke them anyway.