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.
@Parksider what did you use for your shell of your cooler? Did you use a cooler insert or just build an insulated shack.
@akdave Not sure what your smoker set up is but the best way I have found to increase the humidity in a smoker is with Automotive Sponges. I detail that in this post https://meatgistics.waltonsinc.com/topic/1077/cured-sausage-205-advanced-thermal-processing
Raising the relative humidity will absolutely decrease your cook times, and it prevents/combats the stall
@mark60 Good job, those look pretty good for chicken, did you use a binder? My suggestion would be to either use Carrot Fiber which is nice and inexpensive and holds 26 times its weight in water or Sure Gel which is more expensive but it adds some proteins to make the extraction easier and does a better job actually binding everything together, it would probably help fill the tiny voids you had.
The champion juicer is something that has been brought up on meatgistics before, I am curious, did you find about using that here, somewhere else or did you come up with it on your own?
Rueben is awesome, you will love that! Even better with some sauerkraut