Haven't made summer sausage in a while

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by bill ace 350, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. bill ace 350

    bill ace 350 Meat Mopper

    About time I made some more Summer Sausage.

    This is the recipe I will use this time around:

    5lbs 85% Beef

    4 TBS Salt

    31/2 TSP Coarse Ground Black Pepper

    1 TBS Sugar

    1 3/4 TSP Cure #1

    1/2 TSP Cayenne Pepper

    1 TBS Crushed Red Pepper

    1 TBS Mustard Seed

    2 TSP Onion Powder

    2 TSP Garlic Powder

    Mix on Wednwsday, smoke on Saturday with hickory and apple.

    Will post pics.
     
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Why 1 3/4 teaspoons of cure when 1 teaspoon is adequate for 5 pounds of meat?
     
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I was thinking the same thing!

    Al
     
  4. bill ace 350

    bill ace 350 Meat Mopper

    ​I have a recipe book that calls for  1 3/4 tsp cure for 5 pounds of meat.
     
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    What does it say on the container of cure?

    Every container I have ever seen says 1 tsp for 5# of meat.

    Where did you get the recipe from?

    It doesn't matter really, an extra 3/4 tsp isn't going to kill you.

    I just think the smallest amount to do the job is the way to go.

    Al
     
  6. bill ace 350

    bill ace 350 Meat Mopper

    Says-

    Ingredients: Salt, Sodium Nitrite (6.25%), Propylene Glycol and Sodium Bicarbonate added as a processing aid, Red 3.

    Recipe book by SmokeHouse Products.
     
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2016
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well, you only need 1 teaspoon for 5 pounds of meat. If peruse the recipes here you will see that is the accepted standard. The 1 3/4 teaspoons isn't going to kill you but it is not necessary either. Your just adding unneeded nitrite into your product.
     
  8. bill ace 350

    bill ace 350 Meat Mopper

    I don't eat enough often enough to make a difference I don't think.
     
  9. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes 1 level tsp of cure 1 per every 5lbs of meat. Nitrate poisoning can be bad, really bad. But hey its your SS.
     
  10. bill ace 350

    bill ace 350 Meat Mopper

    Yup. My summer sausage.

    Just wondering what the max amount of cure per pound is, and why what appears to be a decent sized company would risk publishing an unsafe recipe?
     

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