Ground and Formed Jerky and Himalayan Salt Grilling Slabs
Weekly Blog Post - Ground and Formed Jerky and Himalayan Salt Grilling Slabs
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?
Himalayan Salt Grilling Slabs - Salt is a key ingredient in almost any meat recipe. It improves the general flavor of almost any meat and has many other benefits as well. What happens when instead of putting salt on your steak you put steak on your salt? Himalayan Salt Blocks Like this one from Cameron’s have been increasing in popularity as a cooking and grilling surface. The Camerons Himalayan Salt Slab is 8" x 8" and is 1.5 inches thick.
Ground and Formed Jerky - The simplest definition of Jerky is just meat that has been cured and dried. There are many different ways to make and process jerky the most common being sliced whole muscle or restructured jerky. I am going to be making a restructured jerky using the Weston #8 Black Series Grinder, a meat mixer, a Walton’s Stuffer with the All-Around Jerky Maker and a smoker to cook and dehydrate it.
What Projects are we looking ahead at?
We are putting together a chart for Jerky, Snack Stick and all types of Sausage Seasonings that will give the weight and measurements such as Cups, Tablespoons and Teaspoons for 1 lb and 5 lb batches. This way if you are not making the entire batch you can quickly reference this chart and even if you don’t have a scale that will measure in fractions of ounces you will know how much seasoning to use. We chose 1 and 5 lb sizes to allow people to find any amount easily, if you are making a 12 lb batch just use 2 of the 5 lb and 2 of the 1 lb amounts!
What’s on our Mind?
As I am measuring out all these seasonings it has reminded that we have a crazy amount of variety of flavors for Brats and Snack Sticks. One question we get asked often is if it is okay to use a Brat or Snack Stick seasoning to make Jerky or vice versa and the answer is pretty much always yes! There are two things to keep in mind though, if you are using a Bratwurst Seasoning to make Jerky then you need to purchase extra cure as the Bratwurst Seasoning will not include the necessary package of sure cure. The same is true the other way around, if you are making a Brat from a jerky seasoning then you do not need to add the sure cure package. The second thing to know is if you are using a Brat, Summer Sausage or Snack Stick seasoning as a jerky seasoning it is going to have a stronger taste than you might be used to.
The Weston Tomato Strainer is an interesting product that I am excited to get to start playing with more often here. The Salsa we made with it was awesome but I am really looking forward to trying out some different recipes, specifically I want to use this to make a paste of blackberries and then a dehydrate that to make fruit roll ups. If it works well (and maybe even if it doesn’t, you guys deserve to laugh at us occasionally) I will make a video on that.
@cayenneman That is more like smoking pork butts or brisket. I did a whole wild turkey at 225F and since there is so little fat on them to start with I used it to make a turkey noodle soup and that little bit of extra smoke on the turkey is a game changer! I used the bones to make the stock and it also had a little smokeyness to it, delicious. Don’t be afraid to run the smoker up 225-250F. Just make sure get it warm and dry before putting the smoke to it so it will stick better.
@rhjbarney That is the second time in recent weeks I have heard sausage referred to as Cigars, I like it and I am sure I can come up with a clever (for me at least) social media post about it. Also, I use a lot of the pictures our users post here on Walton’s Instagram, Facebook and twitter accounts and also Meratgistics Face Book accounts. Consider this my shameless plug to follow our social media accounts.
@Boxie Give us as much information as you can on your process and we will see if we can figure it out. So, it was 60% pork and 40% venison? What cuts of pork did you use? How much water, what seasoning, what was your mixing and grinding like, did you get enough protein extraction, what was your smoke schedule?. Pretty much as much detail as you can give will help because at 60/40 with carrot fiber there is no reason it should be dry.
Oh, and what tye of sausage were you making?