Small batch cure/eca amounts
Austin, I found the seasoning chart for 1 & 5lb. But what about the other ingredients such as cure and eca for a 5lb batch. Any help is appreciated.
We will work on getting an additives chart made soon…
The cure and seasoning charts exist in the section: Walton’s Learning Center > Seasonings…
Hopefully that helps some! Let me know if you need anything else!
I was just up at the store. Wish you guys stayed open on the west side. So my next question is for 5lbs does 12.8 oz of water sound correct.
What product are you making?
snack sticks-- buffalo bleu cheese. 5lbs First time
Yes, that would be correct.
Typically we recommend 1 or 2 quarts of water per 25 lb of meat for snack sticks.
Thus, 6.4 to 12.8 ounces of water for a 5 lb batch would be perfect!
I seem to be having excessively long smoking/cooking times when it comes to processing my snack sticks & starting to wonder what could be the issue.
my recipe is rather simple…mix an 80/20 batch of beef/pork, add 2.5 tsp #1, 2 bottles of soy vay very teriyaki &8-10 ounces finely cubed cheese, coated in corn starch (poor man’s high temperature cheese). stuff in (now)17mm casings & refrigerate overnight.
when smoking, I start at 120 for a couple hours, and then, every hour to hour and a half, bump it 10 degrees…only starting the smoke after the initial couple hours.
my issue is that everything I rewad says that it should be about a 5-6 hour process…currently, I’m looking at 14 hours & still only up to 140 with the smoker set at 170.
I don’t want to raise the temp much higher & render the fats, but I really can’t be spending 18 hours to get my sticks up to temp on a sunday evening before having to get up early on a monday for work…
any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
Wish me luck! This is my first attempt at something like this. Patience will be my virtue.
The recipe called for Insta Cure #2. Does anyone know if there would be an issue with cooking/eating the trim meat sooner than the time required to fully cure the full cuts or should I cure those along side the others?
@craigrice I tend agree. I’ve had such hit and miss with lamb that it’s been quite some time since I made it. The last was one my folks bought from my aunt and uncle and processed locally. The cuts were just strange to say the least. I don’t remember specifics but the ‘chops’ weren’t what I was used to. The meat was gamey and tough.
When I was in high school my dad had a lamb butchered and my brother and I ate ALL of the chops in a middle of the night, secret, drunken bbq fest. He was so pissed off he didn’t even complain that we drank a case of his keystone ice.