Hello all, I have been lurking for some time, watching the videos and reading.
First, thanks to all. My 50/50 venison/beef snack sticks have come a long way from all that I have learned here.
I have been using the Gigawatt hot seasoning in a 19mm collagen casings. I am using Sure Gel binder, Sure Cure and encapsulated citric acid.
I am smoking them at the recommended temps and all is well up to this point.
After I remove them from the smoker, I soak them in an ice water bath for about 10 minutes Then let them cool for about an hour.
I then vacuum seal them and immediately refrigerate them.
They appear mostly dry when I vacuum seal them; however, when I open the packages the cases are all soggy and nasty looking/feeling.
Does anyone see something that I am doing wrong?
Has anyone ever had this happen?
Do I need to let them dry longer? like maybe overnight?