JohninPa If you don’t want to finish in a water bath you will still be done pretty quick with 1.5" logs. I’d guess you won’t be at the last stage for more than 2 hours or so.
You can grind exactly like parksider said!
I’m going to be making summer sausage this weekend. If I don’t use esa and hold the product overnight, will I still have that tang taste. I’m trying to cut it down a little. I need some help. Don’t want to come up with bad sausage. Thanks
butch The ECA is mostly what gives normal summer sausage its tang, so if you do not use it then it will not have any noticeable tang, just make sure you hold it overnight to let the cure work. ECA has two functions, it acts as a cure accelerator which lets you go right from stuffing to smoking and it adds that familiar tang. Lots of people use it and lots don’t, you can’t go wrong either way!
It turned out awesome. No noticeable difference to the ones that were held in the fridge for 2 nights. Thanks for the reply. Lynn