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.
Just so you know, in case you were looking for it and couldn’t find it, the ingredients are listed on the products web page. Just scroll down and click the “Additional Info” tab and it will show up.
The W Summer (4550300082) might be the most mild of all the ones you listed. That doesn’t make it bad at all just a very mild flavor
Summer 107 (4550300032) Similar to H, contains mustard seed but I don’t think it is whole.
Summer Sausage Seasoning (4550300012) Very similar to the 107 in flavor, has whole mustard seed.
H - Summer (G4550300070) is our best selling Summer Sausage Seasoning, contains whole mustard seed. If you are looking for a peppery seasoning this is the best one to use for a base and add some black pepper. This would be the basic summer seasoning favored by most employees and customer.
Another option, if you are making 100 lb batches or don’t mind breaking down the seasoning into smaller batches, would be the Ton’s Summer Seasoning (4550806642) It has a very good flavor and is pretty peppery if I remember correctly, I pepper is listed higher in the ingredients list than any of the others… Of all of the basic Summer Sausage seasonings (excluding ones like Jalapeno and Habanero BBQ) this is the second best scoring one amongst employees.
@tincuptom i can only speak to the H summer sausage seasoning, but it has a lot better taste than the backwoods. Not a lot of pepper (you could add more I am sure) but it is a good solid flavor profile. I did not use the ECA for the tang, but plan on doing it this week in a batch. You can’t go wrong with the H seasoning!
I have been in search for a summer sausage seasoning with black pepper but couldn’t find one. I’m new at this so the H Summer Sausage is the only one I have used so I can’t give you any comparisons with the other 3, but you mentioned black pepper so thought I would share my first experience.
So I used Waltons H Summer Sausage and mixed in about a quarter cup of fine black pepper. I liked the results and several others did as well. It had a light pepper taste and I probably will add a little more in the next batch for a slightly stronger flavor. I used 25 lbs of venison and 4lbs of beef fat to keep it on the leaner side. Good luck, Bob
thanks. As it turned out I did use a pork butt, cost only $1.48/# on sale and pork fat appears to be running about 50 cents more. Pure fat is a lot harder to come by, guessing because there is just less of it – supply and demand. One recipe I was using called out pork fat and I directly substituted the ground pork butt and it tasted fine even at a 25% ratio. The other sausage experimental batch I made with 50% and it is even better. So, 50/50 is the future now. thanks for your input folks!
@Jeff-Allen While the 26 and 33 lb sausage stuffers absolutely will make 19mm snack sticks the reduced size of the piston on the 11 lb model does make it easier. I have made snack sticks with all of the sizes and especially when you are working by yourself the 11 lb is easier to do.