I'm just starting in this hobby. I have read alot of good information on the site. Because I'm just starting I don't want to make batches the size of the some of the ones I've been viewing and reading. For example, if someone posts a recipe that uses five pounds of meat, can I cut that down to 2.5 pounds including the cure? Would that logic apply to sausage and jerky? Thanks for the help. Just want to start with smaller amounts until I know that me and my wife will like it.