non fat powdered milk and venison snack sticks

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Fire Starter
Original poster
Dec 23, 2014
Does anyone use powdered milk in your snack sticks to retain the moisture a bit?

 If so how much do you use?
The recommendation is 1 cup for every 5 lbs... I cut it back to 1/2 cup for 5 lbs... I've done some without and had no problems ...
I would also recommend looking at a phosphate binder.  Butcher & Packer #414 "Special meat binder" is what I've been using.  I've not used soy or NFDM for moisture retention in my products since I ordered B&P414. It's fairly inexpensive and a little goes a very long way (like 2.28 grams per pound of meat).

AmesPhos is another good choice, but it's hard to find in stock and there is another post from today where the Ingredient Store may be discontinuing it.  Also B&P 414 is about 1/2 the cost of AmesPhos. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.