Why the Powdered Milk?
Bobmead last edited by
We’ve been experimenting with snack stick recipes using powdered milk and eliminating it. It doesn’t seem to make any difference in taste or production, so what is the purpose of the dry (powdered) milk in a snack stick recipe? Thanks!!
@Bobmead Most people will use it as a way to increase moisture retention. If your product has enough fat content you really don’t need it. I add carrot fiber to most things I make because it is inexpensive and it gives me a more moist product and offers some yield enhancement. I’m not sure if the Powdered Milk gives you yield enhancement as well.
Anyone use it often?
We never use it in snack sticks. We use 50/50 venison and pork butt mix. Always come out juicy. Just don’t overcook them in the smoker.
@ihang10 So then I would say that protein extraction is probably what is causing your issue. The fat renders out of the product and gets trapped between the outside of the sausage and the inside of the casing. Then when the product cools the fat congeals and you can’t get it to adhere. Mixing for a few more minutes will probably help resolve your issue. The other thing is when do you add your fat? Sometimes if you just mix in your fat with your lean the lean can coat the fat chunks but never really bind with it, so I would suggest you add it during the second grind.
@Jonathon The sausage was for Easter family dinner that didn’t happen because too many people were sick. The bottom round was sliced deli style & packaged for future French dip & roast beef sammies.