bckarl Yes you can almost (i can’t thing of one where you couldn’t but I am being careful) use a jerky seasoning to make snack sticks or vice versa. There is a caveat however, and that is that Jerky seasoning will almost always require less seasoning per lb of meat than snack stick because it is topical and not ground in. For example the Jalapeno Jerky is .625 to do 25 lb batch and the Jalapeno Snack Stick is 1.5 lb . Not all of them are twice as much for snack sticks but most of them are going to be in that range. I would start at 10-20% (depending on how strong you like things) MORE seasoning per lb and then adjust from there.
Mixing Cure & Seasoning
Quick question? Why is it NOT recommended to mix your cure and seasoning until it’s ready to be used??
Because the Excalibur Jerky Seasoning comes in bags suited to use 25# of meat I wanted to break it down into smaller mixing batches, I know I don’t mix 25# of meat at a time, I usually cut it in half for 12.5# each. Anyway I’d really like to mix all the cure and seasoning once then break in down for smaller batches of meat for later use, also when I say later I only mean like 1-3 months.
Thanks Gary T.
Gary T Some spices and extractives can react with the cure and will render it ineffective when it is added to your meat so it will not cure the meat as it should. The USDA and FDA ruled on this. Now, since some spices affect it and some don’t there is no way to know if you would have this issue but it’s better to just be safe. If it were me, I would break the seasoning down into smaller batches, there are 6 teaspoons of cure in a 1 oz package so everytime you are doing a 5 lb batch i’d just add a little over a teaspoon of cure.
Jonathon Thanks much Jonathan, well if that’s the case it’s a no brainer NOT to mix in the cure prematurely. I’d hate to waste a good batch Jerky cause the cure didn’t work. Thanks again for the great info.