AAMP, Being Creative With Seasoning and Bad Plates and Knives
Weekly Blog Post - AAMP, Being Creative With Seasoning and Bad Plates and Knives
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?
Being Creative With Seasoning - A question we get a lot is can I use either Snack Stick or Jerky Seasoning to make Bratwurst and vice versa. While there are a few things to keep in mind while doing this the answer is absolutely! In this video we use both a Jerky and a Snack Stick Seasoning to make some delicious Bratwursts. Also, we use shakers for all sorts of things other than their intended purposes, just because something says it is for Wings doesn’t mean it won’t be incredible on Pizza or Popcorn. Don’t be afraid to sprinkle a little (or in my case a lot) onto some of your favorite non-meat snacks.
What Projects are we looking ahead at?
The American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) convention is July 19th-21st and this year it is Kansas City. AAMP is a great resource for small to medium sized processors and the convention is a great place to attend Educational Sessions and to meet other people in the industry. For more information check out this website http://www.aamp.com/event-calendar/convention/.
Walton’s Inc at AAMP
As a top-tier Legacy Sponsor Walton’s will have a fully staffed booth to answer any questions about our products and services. Being a member of AAMP comes with all sorts of advantages and if you haven’t joined already you can become an AAMP member HERE. Make sure you include Walton’s Inc in the “Sponsored By” section and tell them you read about this on the meatgistics blog!
Super Bind is a new binder from Excalibur that combines Potato Starch and Carrot Fiber. I think everyone who reads meatgistics knows how much we like carrot fiber. Carrot Fiber can hold up to 26 times its weight in water and is allergen free. It also imparts no noticeable taste or texture as far as we have noticed. The potato starch is a great addition as it is at its peak for accepting moisture at the same temperature (145°F) that meat starts to expel most of its moisture, making it the perfect choice for snack sticks, summer sausage or anything else you would smoke at lower temperatures. These two together in the same product gives you the best of both worlds.
What’s on our Mind?
Before you start any processing project that is going to require you to use your grinder make sure your plates and knives are in good condition. Here is a picture of what a bad plate and a bad knife look like. You can see on the plate that it has been eaten away where the knife rubs up against it. If you see a ridge on the edge of your plate you should order a new one or send them in to us and we will sharpen them, when possible, for a small fee. The picture of the knife shows some waves in it, this will cause the knife to cut unevenly. When they are in this condition they shouldn’t be used or you run the risk of metal shards in your ground meat! Not all plates and knives are designed to be resharpened but many are, if you have questions on if you plate or knife can be resharpened contact our customer service department at 800-835-2832. Sharpening plates is generally less expensive than buying a brand new one every time they go dull!
In the ‘Meat Block’ you don’t list using a cure. The packet of Landjaeger seasoning I purchased came with a packet of Cure.
As this is a sausage that is ment to be consumed without cooking shouldn’t a cure be used. I know you put in the wrap up about using Smoked Meat Stabilizer or Sodium Erythorbate are they equivalent to using a true cure.
You shouldn’t have a noticeable difference in stuffing based upon the difference of using a grinder or a bowl chopper.
Your biggest help in making stuffing easier will be using plenty of water. At least 1 quart per 25 lb meat block, but up to 2 quarts is even better. And, your lean to fat ratio will make a difference. Leaner meat will be harder to stuff while a higher fat content will make things easier. Keep the meat as cold as possible too and that will help make things a little easier to stuff as well.
I would continue to use the grinder and just add a little more water to the mixture and make sure you lube the gasket and you should be good to go. Although you could definitely use the Buffalo chopper and just add ice instead of straight water and that should help.
Specialty Sausage 103: Making Landjaeger
Attend this entry-level class from Meatgistics University by watching the video, reading the article and post any questions you have!What is Landjaeger?
Landjaeger is a German sausage that is made from a combination of beef and pork. It is stuffed into natural casings and can be smoked and semi-dried or just smoked. Before smoking, it will be pressed either flat or formed with a mold to give it its classic flattened look.Meat Block
Landjaeger needs to be stuffed into a natural hog casing for it to really be an authentic landjaeger and we also want to press and form it so natural hog is the best choice. I’m using a home pack of hog casings so they need to have the salt rinsed off of the casings, then the insides need to be flushed with running water and then let them soak for an hour in warm water.
We need to cut up our beef and pork into pieces that a grinder will easily handle. The smaller the grinder you are using the smaller you will need to cut up your product. With something like this Weston #12 Butcher Series, we want to cut our product into chunks between 2 and 3 inches.
I have had our meat in the freezer for about 45 minutes before to make it ice cold, cold meat will always grind better than warm meat. We will we are going to grind the beef once through a 3/16th plate, before we started we made sure our plates and knives were well oiled to prevent any friction between the plate and knife, this would cause the plate to heat up and it would add unnecessary wear and tear on our equipment. Then we will grind the pork twice, first through a 3/16th-inch plate to break down the meat and then through a 1/8 plate to finish it off.Meat Mixing
We are going to smoke this so we need to get good protein extraction when mixing. Place in a mixer with water, seasoning, and cure and mix until you have achieved protein extraction. Remember to mix it an even amount of time forward and reverse, about 8 minutes should do it. Remember if you are using Encapsulated Citric Acid like we are that it needs to be added during the last 60 seconds of mixing or you run the risk of breaking the encapsulation.Sausage Stuffing
Before you load your stuffer you should oil your piston gasket with White Oil to make sure it moves smoothly along the walls of the canister. Load your stuffer, being careful not to create any air pockets in the canister and stuff it somewhat loosely into the casings, you will want to stuff them loosely so you can form them before smoking.Thermal Processing & Smoking
Lay them out on screens in a smoker and cook with no smoke at 120° for 30 minutes, then 140° for 1 hour, again with no smoke at this stage and dampers still wide open, then at 145° with smoke for an hour and finally 180° until internal temp reaches 160°. The smoking process is a lot easier with something like the Grilleye Pro Plus thermometer that can track your temperature and alert you when you have reached your desired temps. Adding a water pan is a good idea to help add some moisture to the smoker.Cooling
Once you are done smoking them leave them out for an hour at room temperature to allow them to cool and then place them in a fridge for 24 hours before vacuum packing.Wrap up
All in all the largest difficulty we faced was flattening the Landjaeger out. Other than that it was really very similar to making any other cured sausage. Adding more water might have made the flattening the meat out easier and allow it to hold it’s shape better, if we do this again we will try that.
I would also either use less Encapsulated Citric Acid as the seasoning appears to have some tang to it by itself. So if you still want to use a cure accelerator I would recommend Smoked Meat Stabilizer or Sodium ErythorbateAdditional Tips As always make sure you keep your meat as cold as you can before grinding. This not only helps speed the grinding process but also helps with food safety which is especially important here if you are going to try to flatten it out. *In the end, flattening out the sausage was the hardest part, getting it between two hard surfaces with a LOT of weight is important. * Other Notes
We also tried to take an extra stuffing tube and flatten the opening with a vice to give us the desired flattened outlook. I was limited in how much I could flatten it out and still be able to get the hog casing over the flattened out portion. Once I stuffed the meat into the casings it immediately took on the shape of the casing so it did not work.Watch WaltonsTV: Specialty Sausage 103: Landjaeger Shop waltonsinc.com for Cured Sausage Seasoning Shop waltonsinc.com for Meat Grinders Shop waltonsinc.com for Sausage Stuffers Shop waltonsinc.com for Boning Knives
looking at some of the questions about stuffing snack sticks got me to thinking. For years I have used my grinder to grind the meat for the process and then mix and stuff right away. The stuffer was hard to turn but not impossible, I purchased a 20 electric LEM stuffer a few years back and it just doesn’t have enough power for the snack sticks. I do have a buffalo chopper and was wondering if I used that instead of just grinding it and adding a bit of water to the mix if it would be easier to stuff. has anyone done this?