Recommended cheese for Buffalo Snack Sticks
dahattok last edited by
I notice you don’t sell High Temp Bleu cheese. What type of cheese do you recommend using in your Buffalo Snack Sticks.
@dahattok It’s a total personal preference but I like Mozzarella High Temp Cheese with something like Buffalo. Now, another option, if you like heat, is the Ghost Pepper Cheese. It has a really good taste with a LOT of heat. I’d recommend you taste test a small piece of it before determining how much you want to put in though.
mswoody6.4 last edited by
@jonathon I also
found that crumbles such as goat, feta, gorganzola, and bleu cheeses mixed in with the meat along with whatever seasonings you like does a really nice job. You can also try some of the harder cheeses like assiago parmasan, or romano grated and mixed in
@mswoody6-4 Does the cheese tend to melt when you are cooking your snack sticks? That has been a problem for me in the past if I don’t use a high temp cheese, it melts out and leaves a cavity within my stick. I’m specifically wondering about the harder cheeses, if they maybe wouldn’t melt as much?
In the past while making summer sausage I have used ground beef 80/20 about 8 pounds and about 4 pounds mixed together… what mixture do you use for summer sausage
@KSHusker First, yes they should be safe to eat. You cooked them to 160° which will kill anything harmful. Now, obviously use common sense and your senses, if it smells bad don’t eat it!
The first thing to know is if you used sure cure (or another version) or not? From the sounds of it, you did but I just want to make sure we are looking at all possibilities. Were the butts untrimmed? If they had a nice fat cap on them then you should have been okay, I still like to use a little more fat than that but you should have been in the realm. How did you mix it, was it by hand? If you mixed for 30 minutes in a meat mixer that is a long time to be mixing it (I don’t think this was your issue, just pointing it out). Starting at 200 is a little high but it also sounds like it came down to 180° pretty quickly but this would be my thought on why the casing stuck, cooking too high can cause this.
For the color, the only thing I can think of (if you used a cure) is that it looks pinker around the edges because you got a nice smoke ring around it? How deep does the nice pink color go and what type of casing did you use? With wild game, I always use some sort of cure accelerator, either Encapsulated Citric Acid, Smoked Meat Stabilizer or something, it helps burn the color more and then you can skip holding it overnight and go right from stuffing to the smokehouse.
Anyone else have thoughts?