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    Question about finishing Kielbasa

    Well, my inconsistent oven strikes again. Crumbly, oiled out kielbasa, albeit flavored very well. The lowest setting my oven knob goes to is 200 so I put it to where I thought 175 would be and kept a keen eye on my oven thermometer. Seemed to regulate there so in went the links. I kept checking...
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    Question about finishing Kielbasa

    Ok, they are probably closer to 20" each total but they are kind of folded in half as if I were hanging them in the smoker. So the length is really about 12". Will try the oven method.
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    Question about finishing Kielbasa

    So after stuffing I have 4.5 large 2' links and I don't know if I'm gonna be able to fit them in a water bath. I may have to set the oven on its lowest temp and monitor it with a probe and finish the kielbasa in there. Is there any reason I definitely shouldn't do that? Anyway, it's off to the...
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    Question about finishing Kielbasa

    Charlie, thanks for the help. Is it generally desirable to finish kielbasa poached in water? Is that pretty much the standard technique? BTW, my stove is propane, not electric.
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    Question about finishing Kielbasa

    Cranky and boykjo, thanks for the suggestions. Now, how to regulate the water bath. I was thinking about a large dutch oven half full with water at a low temp on the stove top with a temp. probe in it. Once I can keep it consistently at 180 I will drop the sausage in, with a temp probe in the...
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    Question about finishing Kielbasa

    So I ground up 5 lbs. of pork butt for Kielbasa and tonight I will stuff into casings. I don't have a way to reliably cook at 180F to bring the IT up to 155 for hot smoking so I'm considering options. I have a charcoal/propane grill with too many hot/cold spots to cook consistently even. And the...
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    What's on your Super Bowl menu?

    I have learned not to cook for Superbowl. When I do nobody watches the game. They're too enamored with my cooking skills. Yeah, I went there.
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    What the heck is bloom??

    And why do I need to do it??  :) I'll be smoking a kielbasa tomorrow and a lot of the recipes call for poaching it in a heated water bath after smoking and then letting it "bloom." What does that do, and what does it look like. What happens if I don't bloom it?
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    Kielbasa--cold smoked or hot smoked?

    Kielbasa will be my first sausage recipe as I just got my grinder and the stuffer comes in a coupla days. I've read that it can be smoked either way, but is there a consensus? Is either way considered "traditional?" Is cure always used? Thanks for your help, gang.
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    Noob needs guidance sharpening knives

    To update the original post, I've gone ahead and ordered the Lansky Standard Sharpening kit. It has 3 stones--coarse, medium, and fine. With some practice I was able to put a nice edge on my cheapo knives. I just ordered the ultra fine stone as I feel they can be sharper. The knives are almost...
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    Noob needs guidance sharpening knives

    Emo all the way. Damn company even sent me a Christmas card!!  The shakers will be in full force for tonight's movie, "Elysium."
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    Noob needs guidance sharpening knives

    You need the Emotiva XPA-3 which is a 3 channel amp with 220 watts at 8 ohms and 330 at 4 ohms all channels driven. The Emo amp was a huge update for my system and I will get the XPA-2 in the future for my fronts. I don't use a center speaker as the sonic characteristics of the SDA would be...
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    Noob needs guidance sharpening knives

    My system is a 7.1 Marantz with preouts for the fronts into a 2ch Emotiva amp. My mains are vintage Polk SDA2's, the rest are in-wall Polks. I also have an external powered sub, and an external 1ch amp that powers the bass shakers (tactile transducers) that are attached to the frames of my sofas...
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    Noob needs guidance sharpening knives

    So, Chippy-Q, I take it you're a fan of the blade, eh? :)   I am the home audio/home theater version of you!
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    Noob needs guidance sharpening knives

    You know, I'll probably wind up buying one of those. I seem to be okay until I get to the finer grits then it just gets shiny and smooth, but not sharper.
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