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Thoughts on when to mix NFDM

buzzy

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I just started using ECA to make summer sausage last year. Have made 2 batches so far. First 1 not so good .Texture was mushy. Blame it on old ECA. 2nd one was really good. Had the tang I was looking for. The NFDM makes it real hard to mix after night in frig which I always do with my mix before stuffing & smoking. Can I mix the NFDM with the ECA in the morning before smoking an get the same results?
Thanks for guidance in advance.
 

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Did you mix the ECA in and fridge it or use too much?

You can add the nfpdm and eca in just before stuffing/smoking
 

buzzy

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Did you mix the ECA in and fridge it or use too much?

You can add the nfpdm and eca in just before stuffing/smoking
No! it was about 3 years old. Stuffed & in the smoker.
Thanks that is what I wasn't sure about. Plan on cutting back on ice water for first mix then using rest to mix with ECA & NFDM.
 

bill ace 350

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Maybe try buttermilk powder and some cultured buttermilk instead of the NFDM and ECA?

Just a thought. I liked the results.
 

mike11891

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I just started using ECA to make summer sausage last year. Have made 2 batches so far. First 1 not so good .Texture was mushy. Blame it on old ECA. 2nd one was really good. Had the tang I was looking for. The NFDM makes it real hard to mix after night in frig which I always do with my mix before stuffing & smoking. Can I mix the NFDM with the ECA in the morning before smoking an get the same results?
Thanks for guidance in advance.
 

mike11891

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I just started using ECA to make summer sausage last year. Have made 2 batches so far. First 1 not so good .Texture was mushy. Blame it on old ECA. 2nd one was really good. Had the tang I was looking for. The NFDM makes it real hard to mix after night in frig which I always do with my mix before stuffing & smoking. Can I mix the NFDM with the ECA in the morning before smoking an get the same results?
Thanks for guidance in advance.
 
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SFLsmkr1

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Dont add your ECA to the water. ECA gets mixed directly into the meat
 

indaswamp

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When making smoked sausages, I've started mixing the NFDM powder in with the added water and using my immersion blender to emulsify it into a smooth thick paste. This has eliminated the small clumps of powdered milk I use to get in the mix. Very thorough blend now...
 

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