Still had seasoning from Curley's left over so I made a 10 pound batch for Christmas gifts and snacks. I bought enough seasonings for 100 pounds so I have been using 6 tablespoons per 5 pounds of meat mix. In another thread we talked about using a paint or grout mixer to mix sausage with. I went and bought one, but having a senior moment, I grabbed one that was too big for my power drill LOL. Oh well, I got the right one now so I'll use that for the next batch of sausage. Should be fun.
I ran out of non-edible fibrous casings as well while stuffing the summer. Really should check my supplies before starting up. But I did have casings for snack sticks so the remainder of the summer mix went into snack sticks. Here is what I used--
10 pounds of 80/20 ground beef
2 cups of cold water
2 cups of dry powdered milk
2 T mustard seeds
2 heaping spoons [the kind you eat soup with] of diced garlic
6 T Curley's bacon ground and formed recipe
2 tsp Cure #1
Sprinkled the powdered milk and mustard seeds over the ground beef. Then I mixed the cure, seasoning, and garlic in the water and poured it over the mix. Mixed everything up good. Stuck the mix in the fridge overnight. Then the next day I stuffed the summer and the sticks. In the oven this time around. It was near 0 outside. Put the oven at 225 and cooked the summer first and pulled it at 150 deg and then the cold water bath and set to dry. Did the same for the sticks. Here are some pics---
I tied the tubes all on one string and then cut them off individually.
Summer tubes out from the oven and ready for the cold bath.
Like I said, after not having enough fibrous casings for all of the summer, the rest of the mix became beef sticks.
Summer and sticks turned out great. Have a great and blessed Christmas everyone!!! Reinhard