Weekly Blog Post - New Year, New Experiments!


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    Weekly Blog Post - New Year, New Experiments!

    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?

    Meatgistics University Seasoning and Additives: 201-202 We will be releasing a video on Deer & Wild Game Rinse and Hi-Temperature Cheese in the next week or so.

    Meatgistics University Meat Processing Equipment: 202-203 We are going to be releasing Maintenance for your Grinder and Meat Mixer where we go over how to breakdown, clean and reassemble these as well as some tips for your grinders.

    What Projects are we looking ahead at?

    Cured Sausage 201,202,203, etc. I have been running a lot of experiments this week and shooting the results that will be used in Cured Sausage videos to show you guys some simple but effective things you can do to improve your Summer Sausages and Snack Sticks. I also tried out finishing up a Summer Sausage in a Sous Vide Cooker without putting it in a Vac Bag like @parksider does. If I labeled them correctly during my experiment (I am 99% sure I did!) then I am comfortable saying that this is an acceptable way to finish up a thick cured sausage that has stalled, though in my opinion, a bag will give you a slightly superior product.

    What’s on our Mind?

    The Meatgistics community is growing nicely, as we continue to grow there will be some changes, nothing drastic but we have run into a couple of issues recently that we will have some new guidelines on what Austin or I will be able to respond to. We will make a post with more information when we have it worked out.

    Noteworthy Recent Posts

    How to Make Venison Hot Dogs has some very good advice on anyone looking to make Venison Hot Dogs (and really any cured sausage) and should be read.

    For anyone looking to try something different Tender Jerky has @wvhunter1965 trying his hand at making tender jerky, if you are interested in giving it a try to check out or video and article How to Make Tender Jerky at Home.

    Meatgistics Community

    Our little community continues to grow at a steady rate. In the past 7 days we have had;
    188 New users
    124 New Posts
    18 New Topics

    New Products

    Testo pH Meter is a reasonably priced pH meter that will help you in any sausage making endeavor but specifically if you are trying to do a dry aged sausage. This can also assist if you are trying to make a shelf stable product!


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