Using Cellulose Casings and Humidity in a Smokehouse
Weekly Blog Post - Using Cellulose Casings and Humidity in a Smokehouse
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?
Adding Humidity To Your Smoker - We are going to be testing what the effect of adding a water pan to your smoker it by setting up a modified wet sock in our PK - 100 Smokehouse. To do this we are going to use Madgetech monitors and try to prove that adding a pan does, in fact, increase your relative humidity.
What Projects are we looking ahead at?
We are continuing to shoot Meatgistics University Stuff and we have one category mostly done! That might not sound like much progress but it is, in my mind at least, the most difficult category and the one that needed to be done first. So after this hopefully it will be smoother sailing and we can look for a release date of early to mid-October and even sooner if we can manage it! I won’t say we are working around the clock on this but it is our main focus!
What’s on our Mind?
We finally got the PK 100 review done! I know a few people had requested this so I’m glad to finally be able to release it! We love this smoker, obviously, it is the main one we use at meatgistics so we are very familiar with it.
I am also finding more and more that I like Cellulose Casings. A skinless product might have a bit of bad name in some circles but the more I use these the more I find I really like them. I just experimented with just cutting them and not tying them. While it wasn’t perfect it saved me about 10-15 minutes of processing time!
While they aren’t all that new the Walton’s Boning Knives are a really good, inexpensive, boning knife that would be a nice addition to almost any home processors kit. It also helps you show of your Walton’s love!
Last night I went through the cleaning procedure and I couldn’t be happier with the ease of the process. Remove grates, scrape the heat shield with a metal spatula and vacuum the ashes and debris underneath. It only took a few minutes and there was an astonishingly small amount of ash. After two weeks of almost daily grilling and going through 20 lbs or more of pellets the total accumulation was around one cup of ash. The pellets burn so efficiently that there is little to no residual.
@Jonathon I have used them many times and I’ve always noticed a distinct cedar character although that depends on the temps you are cooking at. To get the most of it I will soak in water for a bit and cook over pretty high temps…the wood should scorch and smolder a little bit. I’ve had a few catch on fire. lol.
When it came to cooking on the Pit Boss I wanted as low and slow as I could get away with. Due to the the size of the fish I figured the cedar would shield against any hot spots I might have and slow down the cooking process as much as possible. I doubt there was much if any of the cedar that was picked up by the salmon although I didn’t eat much of the side that was resting on the plank. The pellets I was using were apple.
@Joe-Hell Do you often cook on planks? I have tried it a time or two and never noticed a difference. Is it only supposed to be used for heat shielding?