Meatgistics Match Maker
This is a little hard to explain, I met a guy on a web chat forum called Meatgistics…careful don’t judge until you read the rest of the story…
So a few months back I get a PM from another Meatgistics user who lives in Rochester, NY and has connections back to where I grew up in PA. Long story short, we went back and forth a bit about our backgrounds and desire to make awesome sausage and so on.
Well last night we had to opportunity to have Allen down to our clubhouse to meet the fellas and give him a taste of what we make and how we process. I knew it was going to be a good night when he showed up with a bag of sausage seasoning mix from a small butcher shop in PA as a gift!
We ran 25# of Excalibur chili dog mix with pepperjack high temp cheese then smoked them and 80# of my bologna mix in Walton’s supplied 19mm smoked collagen casings. Everyone had a great time and we were happy to welcome a new face to clubhouse. Allen on left, and I’m on the right in the picture.
There is only one bad thing to the story, sorry Austin and Jon but I’m not ordering anymore regular hot dog mix EVER…we are HOOKED on the chili dog mix now!!! It was about 11:30 last night and we finished up simmering the dog to get them up to temp, ice bath and peel the casings and the fellas asked if we could order a 100# spice mix pack of chili dog mix for next time…thanks, I think!!
@parksider That’s an awesome story and I am happy you guys were able to do this together! That’s what this should all be about, sharing knowledge, recipes and having fun together! I loved that video you posted of linking the hot dogs in the cellulose casings, did you cook them like that? If so, did they stay in form?
And just to through one more odd connection into this before I moved to Kansas I lived in Rochester, NY! It can be a small world sometimes!
Sure did, not as easy as natural casings but they stayed in the “globes” during the smoking process and into the water bath for the finish. They were very stable and strong, I was worried about they would hang.
How do you know how much sure cure to put on your mix if it’s less than 25 lb ?
@peculiarb You can have an issue with pickled jalapenos and getting the meat to properly bind to them.
You can blanch fruits and veggies before adding them to sausage and that will help. Some people add them straight in, but blanching will help the meat bind together with the jalapenos. Not a requirement though. If the jalapenos don’t bind perfectly into the meat, when you slice the summer sausage, the jalapenos may not fully stick to the meat and just fall off the slices. It won’t hurt the sausage, but it may not be 100% perfect. I would at least dry the jalapenos thoroughly, but blanching would provide the best results.
Has anyone ever used pickled jalapeños in their summer sausage? I have a buddy who gave me a jar of picked jalapeños to add to his summer sausage I am going to make for him. Is this a bad idea? I’ve always used dried jalapeños in the past. Please advise! Thanks.
I have only made about three batches of snack sticks so far but, I have found that adding an extra ounce of water ( per 5lb batch) over what is called for in the recipe, makes the meat “flow just a little easier when stuffing into casings.
So far, the texture of the finished product has been great and I have had no problem with casings breaking etc. from the excess moisture.
I recently had a 26 lb batch of summer sausage end up with brown spots here and there? Could this be from cure not evenly mixed ??? Or from encapsulated citric acid not fully mixed in??? I’m thinking eca wasn’t mixed in good enough because cure was put in initially with spices and binder and I mixed by hand till I got good protein extraction because it was very sticky ???
I am going to be making a 10 pound batch of pepper stick snack sticks how much water do I add for easier stuffing. or is the water that I mix the sure gel in enough for the batch is there a ratio for sure jell to water?