Encapsulated Citric Acid question

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by dwolson, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. dwolson

    dwolson Fire Starter

    I made some of my summer sausaage with the LHP (discussed in a prior thread) and some with ECA.  The sausage with ECA is mixed and stuffed but I can't start the smoking until tomorrow. Is it ok, with the ECA, to wait for hours in the fridge? 
     
  2. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    Yes, it will be fine.
     
  3. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member


    The capsulation surrounding the CA could melt (Could) and release the CA into the meat and make it mushy and turn white.
     
  4. dwolson

    dwolson Fire Starter

    Would it melt in the fridge? 34f?
     
  5. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    I do it all the time for summer sausage and have never experienced what Nepas mentioned. I am not saying it can't happen but I have never seen it personally. I have 80 lbs of summer sausage smoking right now with ECA in it that was mixed yesterday and left in the fridge overnight and then stuffed this afternoon. It is neither mushy nor white.
     
  6. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member


    I only had it happen 1 time.

    I did however use powdered CA once and tossed it.
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2011
  7. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead


    Interesting. What do you think melted it Rick?
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2011
  8. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    I have used eca a few times with no troubles from an overnite stay in the fridge..

    The eca didnt go thru the grinder did it??

      Craig
     
  9. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member


    Nope

    I never grind it, always by hand.

    Joel i dont know why it did that.
     
  10. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    >>>>>>>>>>>The eca didnt go thru the grinder did it??
     
    I was aiming that towards the OP Rick...I think it was you that explained why not to grind eca..

    Craig
     
  11. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Ahhh ok.....
     
  12. dwolson

    dwolson Fire Starter

    Thanks for the help!
     
  13. dwolson

    dwolson Fire Starter

    HI Craig,

    Nope on the grind.  Just mixed in before stuffing. 

    Nepas,

    I wonder if the cure process, or maybe the mix of spices broke down the encapsulation on the type of ECA you had in that one instance?!  Just a theory.

    dave
     
  14. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member


    Yeah was weird, only time that has happened. It was ECA from LEM. Have been using it still with this not happening again..  Maybe a bad batch of coating? who knows.
     
  15. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    IMHO yer ECA from LEM was NFG. YMMV

      Craig
     
     

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