Burger shrinkage problem
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Mornin’ Meat Masters. I need some help. Have a recipe I like to make burgers but seem to get an awful large amount of shrinkage when grilling them. Was hoping one of you smart peeps might have a remedy for this, thanks.
The amount of shrinkage you get on cooking burgers will probably be due to the fat and moisture content, and how high of a heat is used during cooking. The more fat and moisture, plus the higher heat used will cause more shrinkage.
My first thought would be to try cooking with a lower heat if you don’t want to change the rest of your recipe.
Hopefully someone else here has some more advice to share as well!
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I did have the grill on high to get the grill marks set on the burgers and may have caused them to cook too quick. There is a bit of fat and moisture in these, so that may effect them too. I’ll forego the grill marks on the next batch and plan to allow extra time so they cook slower and see haw that does, thanks.
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If your shrinkage problem persists more than likely you fat content may need some help try adding some angus beef to your current mix and see if that helps.
@renaldo No you are right! For some reason I thought you were doing a 25 lb batch! For 7 lb the correct amount of carrot fiber would be 1.1 oz and for water don’t use more than 16 oz.
4 ounces of carrot fiber for 7 pounds of meat? Seems like too much carrot fiber for that amount of meat. But, I have been, and probably am wrong here.
@Denny There is a guy here who does Lingua occasionally but he is at the AAMP (Association of American Meat Processors) Convention right now. I sent him an email so hopefully he has some time to give me his recipe because it was very tender. If not now then he will be back Monday.
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@dc2lane For carrot fiber add it to your meat just before, or after, you add the water to mix in the seasoning and cure. For water you can add 2 qt of ice cold water and 4 oz (or a full package, might be just below 4 oz) of carrot fiber. Now, if you are stuffing into larger diameter (19 or 21mm) casings then you don’t really need to add the full 2 qts. It will make stuffing much easier but it will increase your cook time as you will need to cook that out of snack stick during the cooking process.
I’m making a 7lb batch of willies snack sticks. I am going to use carrot fiber instead of sure gel.
My question is how do I use the carrot fiber? Do I as it to water or to the meat itself? If I use water how much?