First timer looking for advice

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by johnv656, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. johnv656

    johnv656 Newbie

    Going to try my first attempt at making summer sausage this weekend as I have a little free time. I purchased a kit with the casings, seasoning and cure.
    The instructions say to mix the cure with water, then add the seasoning to the water, and pour over the meat and mix it, then stuff the casings and let it sit in the fridge overnight before smoking.

    Questions I have are:

    Can I mix the meat,cure and seasoning as described and just let it sit in the fridge overnight (Friday when I get home from work)

    Stuff the casings on Saturday morning and put back in the fridge (Salmon charter Saturday afternoon)

    Get up early Sunday and commence to the smoking/cooking.

    Will it hurt to let the meat sit the extra time Friday night to Saturday before stuffing? Or if I just stuff them Friday night will they be OK till Sunday morning.

    This will also be my first attempt with my new MES40 Gen 1.

    Previously have just smoked salmon in my homemade smoke house, with a propane heat source.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    You shouldn't have a problem.  I don't use pre-made mixes but I normally give the meat 3 days in the fridge to cure before stuffing and smoking. 

    If it dries out a bit while refrigerated you may need to add a touch more water when you go to stuff. 

    Good luck,  let us know how it comes out for you.
     
  3. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Alblancher has given you some great advice, What flavor are you going with? Good luck and remember 

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    A full smoker is a happy smoker!!

    DS 
     
  4. johnv656

    johnv656 Newbie

    Bought a kit from ask the meatman.

    Going with the Jalepeno seasoning and I also bought some high temp habenero cheese to add to the mix.

    In a 25lb batch how much cheese do you usually use.

    And yes, I will take pictures
     
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    The only reason the instructions say to mix and stuff the same day is the Cure can cause the meat mix to set up firm making it difficult to stuff the casings the following day. There are recipes that will have you coarse grind the meat, add and mix in the cure and seasonings, rest overnight (an extra day or 2 won't hurt). When you are ready to stuff, you then grind a second time (coarse or fine), mix until tacky to get a good bind and stuff the casing. Either way works fine. Good luck...JJ
     
  6. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think the rest has been covered well.  As far as adding cheese to the sausage, I would go with 1 pound per 10 pounds mix.  So around 2 1/2 pounds would be good for your 25 pound batch.  Reinhard
     
  7. johnv656

    johnv656 Newbie

    Thanks, will keep everyone posted how it goes.

    Then I need to figure out how to add pictures.
     
  8. johnv656

    johnv656 Newbie

    Well, the sausage turned out pretty good for my first time. Took all day to get the internal temp to 152.

    For being a jalepeno seasoning kit and using habanero cheese I must say I am a little disappointed in the lack of heat. Hopefully they will kick up a notch as they sit.

    I would love to add pictures, but I am not seeing the icon box to upload attachments?
     
  9. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Should be 6th icon from right side, top row.  when you scroll over it says   "insert image"
     
  10. johnv656

    johnv656 Newbie

    I see no icons or bar at all across the top
     
  11. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    When you type a reply you don't see two lines of icons.  Describe the screen you are typing your reply in.
     
  12. johnv656

    johnv656 Newbie

    A white box that at the top says Replying to "First Timer Looking for advice"

    Basically a big white box and at the bottom says Preview and Submit in boxes at the lower right.
     
  13. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Everything I tried gives me a greyed area under the "Reply" with two lines of icons.   May want to post a question to the Moderators about it. 
     
  14. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Click on the icon to the left of the paper clip.... that takes you to the "loading area" for pictures.... in the REPLY box below...
     
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2014
  15. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    Here are the set of icons you should be seeing or looking for;


    The red arrow points to the insert image icon. :)
     
  16. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    John-it could be your version of internet explorer. I have an outdated version on the work computer and I can't post up any pics at all. On the home computer, my tablet and my smartphone I use Firefox and never have an issue.

    YMMV.
     
  17. johnv656

    johnv656 Newbie

    I think I need the help of an Admin? I cannot join or reply to any post in the groups section either, says not allowed :(

    Who's the Admin?
     
  18. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I can help.... Go to FORUMS, under that heading there is the "COMMUNITY" HEADER... click on that.... then find "SMF Groups"... click on that.... find the group you want, click on it.... at the top of the page is a "JOIN" button... follow the directions....

    or click on "Back to Group Overview" when you are in a thread you want to join... should take you to the same place..

    CharGriller Owners Group

    ‹ Back to Group Overview


    OR.... maybe you need a certain number of posts to join.....
     
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2014
  19. johnv656

    johnv656 Newbie

    I was wondering about it being the number of posts.

    And it says I don't have permission to reply to post in the groups. :(
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2014
  20. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You have to join the group ..... follow the instructions in the above post.....




    I can help.... Go to FORUMS, under that heading there is the "COMMUNITY" HEADER... click on that.... then find "SMF Groups"... click on that.... find the group you want, click on it.... at the top of the page is a "JOIN" button... follow the directions....

    or click on "Back to Group Overview" when you are in a thread you want to join... should take you to the same place..

    CharGriller Owners Group

    ‹ Back to Group Overview
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2014

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