October Giveaway,Country Brown Sugar Cure & Vegan Burgers
Weekly Blog Post - October Giveaway,Country Brown Sugar Cure & Vegan Burgers
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?
All of the Meatgistics University Videos initial classes. We are calling these our 10(x) classes, so Meat Processing Equipment 101 - Meat Grinders, will be a class. All of these should be done and ready for release by next Friday, October 12th. We are really hoping you guys like these and get some use out of them, we have been working on them to a greater or lesser extent all year!
What Projects are we looking ahead at?
We have some interesting, or nasty depending on your point of view, Will it BBQs coming up. I don’t want to spoil it but this has taken a turn for the exotic here so there should be some cool ones coming up.
What’s on our Mind?
I was in Vancouver BC this past weekend with my wife and first of all, let me say what a beautiful city that is. If you haven’t been and enjoy nature (especially enormous trees and the ocean) I highly recommend it. Anyway, while I am proud to say my wife is no longer fully vegetarian I knew we weren’t going to get out of there without eating at some “nonsense” trendy vegetarian eatery. So, I jumped on the grenade chose a place that specialized in Vegan and Vegetarian “Burgers”. Somewhat surprisingly, it was probably the best meal we have while we were up there! This place (MeeT in Gastown) was a credit to creative cooking, they used interesting ingredients and everything from our burgers & fries to our salads were delicious. Plus, they were incredibly friendly
MW102 Temp and pH Meter with MA920B pH Electrode allows you to measure the pH (potential of Hydrogen) in your meat for a relatively reasonable price for even the heavy home user (looking at you @parksider ! ) Changes in pH can be a major factor in shelf stability and life of your meat snacks like Summer Sausage or Snack Sticks.
Wow! That sounds pretty cool! I’ve never really relied on our product being shelf stable we’ve always refrigerated it other than throwing some sticks in a bag for a hunt or tailgate party. This may launch us into retail! Getting ready to install the walkin cooler, concrete gets poured tomorrow
I believe the recommended curing time is 12 hours but can I go less than that? I was expecting my order to be here tonight and it won’t be here till tomorrow morning now.
I was going to mix up my batch of jerky tonight but will have to do it tomorrow on my lunch break. Just wondering if tomorrow evening would be long enough to let the meat cure.
Your recipe calls for 1. Sure Cure, 2. Sure Gel Meat Binder, and 3. Smoked Meat Stabilizer. I have all but the Sure Gel Meat Binder. Can I get by without using this? Second question- Is Excalibur’s Cure Excellerator the same as Sure Cure?
@andyman Great question, Carrot Fiber holds up to 26 times its weight in water, and while the 80 oz is still well inside that I have never done that before. I max out (even with Carrot Fiber) at 64 oz which is 2 qts. My only fear with doing 80 is that it might take a lot longer to cook as it will have more water content that will be trying to evaporate. Most of that water should be bound up in the carrot fiber though so it wouldn’t really be available to be cooked out. Hmmm, my recommendation, to be safe is to stick with 64 oz of water.
Now, as to should you add more seasoning, some people will taste the difference if you did not add additional seasonings and some (most) will not. Your water and your seasoning is technically part of your meat block (anyone who is reading this who doesn’t consider this don’t worry!) so adjusting your meat block to include your water is sometimes done. If you do decide to add more spices or seasonings I would add aromatics and things like Rosemary and Basil, don’t add more salt as that is formulated specifically for the meat block.
Hope this helps and if you do decide to go with 80 oz of water then I would be very interested in the results!
i use denuded round. higher cost, less waste, cleaner eating
@jonathon I enjoyed this line of questions and comments, it made me think. Here is my related question: Assume I use 25 lbs. of meat to make summer sausage and add one package, 4 oz., of Carrot Fiber and 80 oz. of water. The ratio is 20 times the weight of water to the weight of CF. In other words, I am adding 5 lbs. 4 oz. of water/CF paste to my meat dough. Should I adjust the amount of salt and spices, I add to the dough? I am concerned that the flavor will be weaker if I don’t add spices for the new total, 30 lbs. curious as to what y’all thinking.