Perfectly Cooked Pheasant and Delicious Homemade Bread
Weekly Blog Post - Perfectly Cooked Pheasant and Delicious Homemade Bread
Find out what's going on at Walton's and Meatgistics this week. We will have a loose schedule for soon to be released videos, what we are working on long term and maybe a few quick tips and tricks that are on our mind!
What Videos are being released soon?
Homemade Sundried Tomato Basil Bread - We were not even planning on doing a video when we made this, it was just so we could have some fresh bread but it came out so good that we decided we needed to do a short video!
How to Make Homemade Salami - We decided to put our Salami Seasoning (and Jon) to work and show you guys how to make great homemade Salami. Now, this isn’t a Dry-Cured product but a Salami that will resemble Summer Sausage in texture.
What Projects are we looking ahead at?
We are working on a new organization for Meatgistics that we hope will help anyone visiting our site learn how to make great homemade products. This will be structured in a Class schedule with the 101, 102, 103, etc. classes being basics and the 2 classes being more advanced. Our goal here is to have something for everyone, the absolute newbie meat processor can learn the basics without getting lost and the advanced processor can learn new tips and tricks and the science behind what they are doing.
What’s on our Mind?
I want to smoke a pork loin today with the Cyclops Greek Marinade and I did not start it last night. This is not technically a soluble seasoning so I put the amount I needed to inject in our Weston Pro Series Blender and let it run for a few minutes with no liquid. I then added the required liquid and let it run again to mix it all up and injected into my pork loin. Not sure if this will work with every seasoning but it might make injecting non-soluble seasonings an option.
We just got our new Grilleye Pro Plus in stock! This thing looks like it is going to be a lot of fun to use and I am testing it out this week. As soon as I have everything I need I will get a product review uploaded and released on youtube.
Here is a link to a website that has a handy Excel spreadsheet. It is, as it says a free non-commercial site.
As for Waltons dropping the ball, I vote they are doing a great job.
I think for all of us there are general guidelines, but unless you have a temperature and humidity controlled environment, both for the preparation, cooking (if you cook them) smoking, hanging etc, the results are bound to vary from batch to batch.
Personally, I am searching how to get my home made smoked and dry cured pepperoni to the exact texture and firmness of Margarita pepperoni from the store.
Through trial and error I have the flavor where I want it, but not the texture or firmness. I know time, temperature and humidity are all crucial, but the best I can do is in the basement and then subject to the environment that is there.
I figure as long as I am not killing anyone or making anyone sick I am making progress. Thanks Waltons for all of the great information so far.
Having said that, it would be nice to have your chart in an Excel spreadsheet.
Thanks Jonathon! One question tho! You eluded to 178 being high for a temp! Don’t you guys recommend setting the temp at 175 during the final stage to completion to internal temp? Three degrees shouldn’t make that much difference should it??
Sounds reasonable. Thanks for your input. Pulling the meat at 152 will make a big difference I bet! Thanks again.
@Kinger Thanks for the information. Your process, other than going to 178, is on in my mind. The only thing I do differently is an ice bath for 20 minutes. Showering for 10 minutes, if you are running a cycle and a fan in your smoker can work, but I still think an ice bath would bring it down faster and more. Last time I did thick summer sausage it was down to 110 in 20 minutes, I also tried showering it at 2 minutes on 2 minutes off for 20 minutes and it was only down to 136 (ish) but i did not have a fan running on them.
One more thing you might want to try, if you are stalled towards the end you can finish them up by putting them in a vacuum bag (I have done then hot, right from the smoker, some condensation in the bag but it still gets a good vac) and get some water going at around 165, it should get up to temp in under an hour depending on the thickness.
@Newbe There might be some breaking down of the meat but this shouldnt cause you too many issues. I have bought pork butts fresh, then froze them then processed and froze the product again. The taste might not be the BEST possible but it certainly wont be bad.