I have a question about starter culture maybe someone has an answer to. I like tang in my summer sausage and snack sticks so I have been fementing my sausages using F-LC culture. I really like the results I get in the flavor. One other thing that I like to use in my other smoked sausages is NFDM. I like the texture and "plumpness" it gives the sausage.Though i have not used it in my summer sausages or snack sticks I would like to give it a try. From my understanding the starter culture will feed off the dextrose and not the cane sugar in the recipe. So the question is if I use the NFDM in the recipe wouldnt that act as the dextrose? Should I leave out the dextrose in the recipe? Keep in mind I'm not looking for a dried fermented sausage. This type of sausage is a smoked/cooked sausage . the use of the culture is for flavor only. I just like the texture I get from the NFDM. I just dont want to end up with too much sugar (dextrose) in the recipe. The recioe that I would like to use is the Simi dry pepperoni thats found at meatsandsausages.com . hopefully someone can point me in the right direction.