When mixing a ten pound batch, by hand, of Nepas snack sticks the meat gets so stiff and sticky after a minute or two that it's really hard on my hands and wrists. There's a cup of water in the recipe. I added two more cups as I was mixing to make it a little easier to mix. Does that dilute the mixture or have any negative affects on the finished product? I know, I know! Buy a mixer! That's my next purchase.