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TentHunter
12-19-2012, 12:11 AM
One more part of the gift packs done...

Some Summer Sausage seasoning mix...
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15 lbs of 73/27 Ground Beef (The extra fat works well for this).
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Rick (nepas) turned me on to using muslin casings a few years ago and I and love 'em! They're economical and have a lot of rustic appeal. This year I decided to get a little fancier with them since they're for gift packs.

The Mrs. cut & sewed them up on her surger (thank you sweetie!) and I had a custom rubber stamp made (the ink is non-toxic archival ink).
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The large ones (2 3/4" diameter X 10" long) will hold about 2 pounds. The smaller ones (1 1/4" D. X 8" L.) hold about 6 oz.

Stuffed
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I left enough in between each space for smoke to get to all sides. Them racks were full. 15 lbs of Summer Sausage + there was a 2 lb chub of peperoni on the back rack.
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I'm very pleased with how they turned out.
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Thanks for looking. :)

Now on to the smoky cheese spread & smoked nuts...

scooter
12-19-2012, 12:34 AM
That is so cool Tent!! Absolutely love the personal touch of the stamp on the casing!

Kite
12-19-2012, 05:33 AM
My gosh, simply amazing!

ACW3
12-19-2012, 05:59 AM
Hmm, hmm, good!!! Great looking sausage. You have my address, right?

Art

KristenBPS
12-19-2012, 01:38 PM
That is amazing! Class act my friend:)!

CDN Smoker
12-19-2012, 02:24 PM
Times 4 Wow

Patrick_CT
12-19-2012, 02:54 PM
Very nice. Next years goal is to get into sausage making. Are these easy to stuff?

TentHunter
12-19-2012, 06:43 PM
Next years goal is to get into sausage making. Are these easy to stuff?

They're no different than stuffing regular fibrous casings. Once you start getting into sausage making, you won't want to buy store bought anymore.

68sting
12-19-2012, 07:06 PM
Dang that really looks good!

SoDakSmokerGolfer
12-20-2012, 05:45 AM
Just outstanding!!!

cowgirl
12-20-2012, 11:23 AM
Looks delicious Cliff! Love those casings too. :)

scooter
12-20-2012, 11:39 AM
Hey Tent, was wondering if when you remove the fabric after drying, does the stamp show up on the meat itself?

TentHunter
12-20-2012, 02:31 PM
Thanks everyone!


Hey Tent, was wondering if when you remove the fabric after drying, does the stamp show up on the meat itself?

Scooter, no sign of the stamp at all on the meat! :)
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I looked at different inks and settled on "Ranger - Archival Ink". It's water proof, permanent (so it wouldn't run), and most importantly, non-toxic. There's just enough ink to make an impression, but not not enough to soak through the fabric.

I am super happy with the results.

CDN Smoker
12-20-2012, 03:22 PM
Question, how do you store them?

TentHunter
12-20-2012, 05:41 PM
Question, how do you store them?

Store them the same as any other summer sausage. Right now they're all in a tub in my basement fridge waiting to be vac-packed.

RickB
12-20-2012, 06:22 PM
Cliff you skill in charcutarie is most impressive. I cant wait to have the time to try this myself.

CDN Smoker
12-20-2012, 08:38 PM
Ten hunter, if you have the time in the new year I would like to do a step by step on your sausage making.

TentHunter
12-21-2012, 07:50 AM
Ten hunter, if you have the time in the new year I would like to do a step by step on your sausage making.

It's a great adventure. I feel like I've learned so much, yet there's so much more to learn.

I've started to piece together a "Sausage Making 101" thread, I'll do my best to get it done soon.

CDN Smoker
12-21-2012, 09:01 PM
Here is a suggestion, apple ap recipe book could work well. I don't know much about it yet but will look into it.