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New member and first time making snack sticks. Help please!

post #1 of 4
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Hey everyone I'm new to the forum and I just made my first batch of snack sticks. Like a jackass, I didn't read the instructions well and put my snack sticks directly in for cooking. Basically, I didn't let them cure overnight. Is that bad? Please tell me I don't need to throw them out!

Thank you all
post #2 of 4

No.  You're OK.  The cure is mixed into the meat already.  Generally speaking, leaving it sit in the fridge overnight is just to get the flavors to meld thoroughly into the meat. FYI, I found that if you're using a jerky gun of some kind ad making skinless sticks, shooting out the snack sticks and THEN putting them in the fridge overnight is a lot easier to do than the other way around.

 

Gary

post #3 of 4

Some of it depends on the type of cure that you used, and the temp that you smoked the meat at. Some cures start to react immediately with the meat and others release over time. Here's a good read on the types of curing salts and how to use them properly.

 

http://www.susanminor.org/forums/showthread.php?736-Curing-Salts

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Thank you both for the advice. They still tasted good and was thankfully it was a small batch so the family demolished them quickly.

I will pay more attention next time!
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