Measurements for REALLY small batches
Ishmael last edited by
Just starting out, purchased Colorado seasoning and some pink cure. Measurements are for 25 pounds, but I was trying to do a one pound batch and I really screwed something up as the batch was inedible. I know I should be able to do the math on this, but what I came up with was 1/4 tsp of cure to 2 tbsp seasonings. Is that anywhere close to correct? I just need a base ratio for one pound so I can adjust. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
congo last edited by
Sounds like way too much sure cure. Do the math and use a digital scale. Never have gone as low as 1lb batch though. 5lb is the smallest I’ve done
Rick last edited by
Its easiest and most accurate to convert the mix from oz. to grams divided by 25 to get the correct amount per pound. Digital scales are pretty cheap
@Ishmael Like @congo and Rick said the best way to do this would be to use a digital scale that can measure in grams. If you used this version of the Colorado Jerky then it is 0.71875 for 25 lb, so that is 11.5 oz which is 326 grams. So if you divide that by 25 you get 13 grams per lb, the cure would be 1.1 grams per lb. There are many issues with doing such small batch sizes but what I am guessing happened to you is that you got too much of one portion of the seasoning. A large issue with making a very small batch is that the small amount of the seasoning makes it likely that you are not going to get a good mix of the ingredients. Different seasonings have different particle sizes and densities so they can separate in the package. If you do this again make sure you shake up the bag before measuring out your seasoning, that should help!
Doing test batches in 1# is very small, I’d do 5# test personally.
I’d also recommend a digital scale in .1 oz increments and converts to grams. If you want to do 1# tests, convert the recipe to grams and do the math from there it’s more accurate in smaller amounts. Convert the recipe in relationship to the meat not the other spice.
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.