An emulsifying plate is really something only a commercial style grinder, usually a #52 or bigger I think, is going to have. To the best of my knowledge, they don’t make them for smaller grinders so you 1/8" is the best option and will work well. Sure gel is always a good binder when making any type of cured sausage like a hot dog, snack sticks, summer sausage, etc., as it adds proteins to the mix making protein extraction easier and it helps keep the moisture in the meat.
More chili dogs please!!
So we started handing out some of the chili dogs and sure enough we got the “can you make some of those for me, they’re awesome!” Friday night we triple ground, stuffed, smoked, simmered, and packaged 80# of various chili dogs for some friends. We used high temp pepperjack, cheddar, we put some extra habanero pepper in some, and just plain. Got great reviews! I’ve never been a proponent of using pre-mixed spice but after struggling with hot dogs, I’ll never go back so keep the Excalibur chili dog mix in stock!!
Parksider Once again those look amazing! 80 lb? You guys must be having a great time doing all this, what are you making it out of? I know you have a couple guys contributing but this can’t all be wild game can it?
Pretty much everything we make is 50/50 venison and pork. We did butcher a cow, but that’s another story…We do plan on venturing into the beef world but we have so much venison in the freezer that we are just trying to find new ways to use it up!!! I’m really impressed with the casings, the cellulose really allow the smoke in and they have great color. I had plenty of practice linking them this time so i’m getting faster but not overly consistent so we had to cut them down to fit in the bags. I’m surprised how well they stand up to the linking and twisting and so on. Ordering more supplies while there is free shipping!!!
Parksider They look great! Sorry I missed the fun.