Hello- new here and new to making snack sticks. This forum has been great and the Meatgistic videos are very helpful.
As a rookie snack stick maker I have a couple questions.
When making snack sticks everything I’ve read is to hold overnight if just using SureCure but I can go straight to the smoker if I use SureCure w/ ECA.
My first question. What if I add ECA but not at the ratio on the package. I wanted some tang but not as much as it had at full ratio (basically cut it in half, 1oz for 12lbs) - do I need to hold it overnight still?
Second question. In the few batches I’ve made, if I taste them right after coming out of the ice bath before vac sealing I get some of that cure taste (tastes like the pink salt smells). I vac seal and try them the next day and that cure taste is gone. Is that normal? After a day in the fridge the sticks taste fantastic, just seems odd that it’d still have that faint taste initially but gone later on.
I’ve made 3 batches trying different things and they’ve all been really, really good. I just want to make sure I’m doing it correctly, ultimately making a safe product.
Any advice or feedback would be great.