Meatgistics: Boot and Shoe Dryer, Imitation Bacon, Spaghetti Squash, Meat Hacks at WALTONSINC.COM

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    Meatgistics: Boot and Shoe Dryer, Imitation Bacon, Spaghetti Squash, Meat Hacks at WALTONSINC.COM

    Watch Meatgistics EP10: Boot and Shoe Dryer, Imitation Bacon, Spaghetti Squash, Meat Hacks at WALTONSINC.COM

    In This Episode

    Weston Boot and Shoe Dryer
    Excalibur Imitation Bacon Seasoning
    Excalibur Imitation Bacon #2 Seasoning
    Excalibur Lemon Pepper Seasoning
    Olive Oil Mister
    Excalibur Sure Gel Meat Binder
    Excalibur Soy Protein Blend Meat Binder

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    For our new item this week, we have the Weston Boot and Shoe Dryer, plus the optional Glove Attachment. It is a simple and easy to use boot and shoe dryer. Simply place boots or shoes on the drying posts and plug-in to quickly and easily dry any boots or shoes. The Weston Boot and Shoe Dryer is ideal for drying boots, shoes of all kinds, gloves, child or adult, rubber, cloth, plastic, or leather, safely, silently and thoroughly using the latest in natural thermal convection heat technology. As a result of using natural convection with no moving parts or forced air, there is little to no indication that the unit is actually on. The only proof is the warmth that will begin to be emitted and your dry footwear!

    In our Product Spotlight, we have our Excalibur Imitation Bacon Seasoning. Imitation bacon is great for any type of ground meat, but especially deer, pork, or beef. It makes a fantastic product that tastes and cooks like bacon, but without being normal bacon. It’s very simple to use, and all you need to do is take meat that is between 50 and 60 percent fat, separate the lean from the fat (if possible), and mix the lean meat with the seasoning and cure until it is very sticky, then just add the fat and continue to hand mix for a few more minutes. Once mixed, simply press the meat into an aluminum pan or form a slab on a baking sheet and cook or smoke until you reach an internal temp of 160 degrees. Then, let it cool, slice into strips just like bacon, then pan fry and eat like normal bacon!

    For our Recipe today, we made a Lemon Pepper Spaghetti Squash. If you are unable to eat pasta, looking for a new side dish, or just looking to switch up your normal pasta routine, Spaghetti squash is a great and healthy alternative! We started by taking a spaghetti squash and cutting it in half. Next, use a spoon and scrape out the seeds in the squash. Then, we used our olive oil mister to cover the squash generously. After that, we took our Lemon Pepper Seasoning and shook it over the the oil covered squash. Simply place the spaghetti squash meat side down on an edged baking pan with a few tablespoons of water and bake at 350 for about thirty-five - forty-five minutes. When you pull the squash out of the oven, hold one of the halves in a towel or oven mitt, and use a fork to scrape the inside squash meat into spaghetti form.

    Lastly, for our weekly Meat Hack, we are digging into Meat Binding. A lot of people ask us what is meat binding and why do you want to mix until the meat gets sticky? What we are doing with mixing and ultimately meat binding, is we are trying to extract protein. You can tell that your protein extraction is beginning because your meat will become sticky. Protein extraction is going to allow the proteins in the meat to encapsulate fat and hold fat and water together in the final sausage or product. Meat binders help cover fat particles and have a strong affinity for water, which holds more water and then keeps fat from clumping together. Then, the protein holds onto itself like velcro, around the fat particles. Good protein extraction will also allow the meat block to bind better to the sausage casing and reduce the tendency for fat to migrate to the outer layer of the sausage, or as some people say, fat-out. Having a good protein extraction and meat bind will help with increased juiciness from retained water, provide a better mouth feel, give your product a better appearance, and make the product have better slice-ability if you’re slicing summer sausage, deli or lunch meats.

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    In the past while making summer sausage I have used ground beef 80/20 about 8 pounds and about 4 pounds mixed together… what mixture do you use for summer sausage

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  • @KSHusker First, yes they should be safe to eat. You cooked them to 160° which will kill anything harmful. Now, obviously use common sense and your senses, if it smells bad don’t eat it!

    The first thing to know is if you used sure cure (or another version) or not? From the sounds of it, you did but I just want to make sure we are looking at all possibilities. Were the butts untrimmed? If they had a nice fat cap on them then you should have been okay, I still like to use a little more fat than that but you should have been in the realm. How did you mix it, was it by hand? If you mixed for 30 minutes in a meat mixer that is a long time to be mixing it (I don’t think this was your issue, just pointing it out). Starting at 200 is a little high but it also sounds like it came down to 180° pretty quickly but this would be my thought on why the casing stuck, cooking too high can cause this.

    For the color, the only thing I can think of (if you used a cure) is that it looks pinker around the edges because you got a nice smoke ring around it? How deep does the nice pink color go and what type of casing did you use? With wild game, I always use some sort of cure accelerator, either Encapsulated Citric Acid, Smoked Meat Stabilizer or something, it helps burn the color more and then you can skip holding it overnight and go right from stuffing to the smokehouse.

    Anyone else have thoughts?

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