Cured sausage turning brown
Had a freind make cured country style sausage and it usually stays pink but turned brown this past time. It’s a bag of seasoning and a bag of cure ground 60% deer and 40% pork mixed it all together and in 5 minutes it all turned brown inside and out ???
@angel4us How was it cooked, what temperatures were used and what was the final temp? What additives were used? The pink color is set during the thermal processing phase when it starts it will have the brown color and once the nitric oxide interacts with the myoglobin (what gives blood its red appearance) and heat is applied that is when the pink will appear.
Could it be that the cure was left out? I’ve had it happen before. Could also be a problem with the seasoning or the cure.
The age of the animal will also affect the amount of myoglobin in available so that could be a factor as well.
What seasoning was it?
Let me know the answer to these questions and if I can’t figure it out I will talk to our food scientist to see if he has any better ideas!
Thanks jonathon but the guy came to work today and said he went home last night and went to package it up for freezer and it was red/pink! All good thanks again !!peace
@angel4us Thanks for the update and glad everything came out well in the end!
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Hmm really would like to know what happened here.
Glad it all turned out great, and my first thoughts went to the CURE.
Not really understanding what happened here???
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I have been making sausage for over 30 years and have to see a proper cured sausage not turn brown, not to worry it’s normal and will turn that beautiful red you look for during the smoke and cook process
It sounds like you used casings that were intended for semi-dri, smoked or fermented snack sticks. For a fresh breakfast sausage you would want to use a “fresh” collagen or natural hog or sheep casing.
@papag Thank you!! That is what I had intended to do but wanted verification.
On the measurements, I measured & calculated the five pound container of cure mix three times & got three different answers as would be suspected for something that should be weighed. However, since I do not have a food scale anymore I settled for about 2.25 cups to equal 1 pound of cure mix. Thank you for the suggestion on the liners & I will look into that too. I tried to find a food safe five gallon bucket, but was unable. I used my typical Aluminum Turkey Pot that I usually use with up to 2.5 gallon freezer bags for smaller turkeys, butts, briskets, etc. However, since this ham was so big, I had to go & get a 10 gallon freezer bag to use for the ham & put that into the Turkey Pot to keep it together. That ham has been taking a bath now for a day. Thank you all for all your help.
Please help me if you can. Let’s say I wanted to mix two flavors like habanero and ranch yup that’s the request from the wife and friends and I’m down to try. Would I mix for the whole 25 lb batch or cut each in half? Main question is are there salts in these blends or just flavor?
I made a batch of breakfast sausage. This is my first time using collagen casings. I used 19mm Mahogony edible collagen casings.
Well, I pan fried them this morning and the casings were like rubber. I was able to slide the sausage out of the casings so all was not lost.
Any ideas why the casings were not really edible?
Thanks in advance
I smoked many a summers on my traeger. Turning them a few times during the process will ensure that you won’t get “cooked product” on the side that is facing the grill.