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Offline watchdog56

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Re: Home-Made Bologna for the New Year
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2012, 03:03:44 pm »
Great looking bologna. IN your picture you say to mix and put in frig overnight but in your directions you say to mix salt,cure and water and put in frig for a hour or so? Not sure if meat,cure and salt just go in frig for 1 hour and when casings are completely stuffed then it goes overnight? Also what wood did you use for smoking?

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Re: Home-Made Bologna for the New Year
« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2012, 03:31:54 pm »
Great looking bologna. IN your picture you say to mix and put in frig overnight but in your directions you say to mix salt,cure and water and put in frig for a hour or so? Not sure if meat,cure and salt just go in frig for 1 hour and when casings are completely stuffed then it goes overnight? Also what wood did you use for smoking?
Thanks. My original plan was to complete the job in one day?let the mix with cure sit for the 'prescribed hour' per the recipe & stuff the chub, but I had other unexpected commitments & thus, had to refrigerate the mix with cure overnight. No harm, no foul. The point being was to allow for 'some' cure time. Whether its before the mix gets stuffed, or after its in the casing, I dont think it really matters. Some feel its easier to stuff & handle the cured & salted mix you don't let it sit too long. I suppose if time allowed, I would've mix ALL the ingredients, stuffed & let them rest overnight again to marry the flavors.

I used maple wood for the smoke.

- Kevin

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Re: Home-Made Bologna for the New Year
« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2012, 04:15:42 pm »
Is it possible to freeze bologna? If so how long would it keep in a vac bag?

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Re: Home-Made Bologna for the New Year
« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2012, 05:11:15 am »
This makes me want to eat Bologna. Never thought I would say that. 

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Re: Home-Made Bologna for the New Year
« Reply #19 on: January 06, 2012, 06:06:55 am »
Kevin
How well did the stuffer handle the stiff meat? I imagine after the sausage sat in the refrigerator over night it was very cold and stiff.
Kirby

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Re: Home-Made Bologna for the New Year
« Reply #20 on: January 06, 2012, 10:17:21 am »
Kevin
How well did the stuffer handle the stiff meat? I imagine after the sausage sat in the refrigerator over night it was very cold and stiff.
Kirby
Kirby,

After the overnight 'rest' I gave the salted & cured meat, it was a challenge feeding it though the grinder a second time for a FINE grind. I added splashes of ice water as I fed the meat paste into the throat of the grinder. This helped to keep the sticky stuff moving along. Still a pain, but less of a pain than the whole processor/emulsifying ordeal I've done in the past.

No issues at all using the stuffer. I hadn't used the cannon in quite some time (been doing smaller batches), but it worked flawlessly for this 10-pound batch. Working with large casings is quite a bit easier than small diameter natural casing which will tend to blow out if I dont keep a sharp eye on the flow-speed. After the second grind, the meat wasnt stiff at all, just a nice smooth, semi-sticky paste.

I'm really pleased with the texture of the final product. It's very similar to the 'old-fashioned' butcher shop boloney I was shooting for.




- Kevin
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Re: Home-Made Bologna for the New Year
« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2012, 07:09:04 am »
Is it possible to freeze bologna? If so how long would it keep in a vac bag?
Watchdog,

Long-term storage just isnt necessary this time as the 10-pounds of bologna will be gone in just over a week! :o

Here's what I've done with the ten pound load:
1. some I put in plain ziploc bags & put them in the Deli/Meat drawer in the fridge (Quick access); gone usually in 1 or two days
2. Some I put in Freezer ZipLocs & stored in the freezer (back-up access); a month or so
3. The balance I put in FoodSaver bags in the freezer (long-term storage). This would keep for at least 6-8 months, easily.

However, since the boys of mine are just plowing through the stuff at a ridiculous rate, I have to keep pulling the freezer bags out to thaw just to keep a supply on hand. In hindsight, I probably could've skipped the FoodSaver step & save a few $.

Kevin

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Re: Home-Made Bologna for the New Year
« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2012, 07:15:12 am »
I vac seal and freeze bologna all the time. If i know its going to freeze for some time i mix in some Trehalose.


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Re: Home-Made Bologna for the New Year
« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2012, 02:54:34 pm »
Why you want it sweeter?
A few pics from smokes....
http://photobucket.com/smokinpics
Inside setup.

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Re: Home-Made Bologna for the New Year
« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2012, 03:14:45 pm »
Why you want it sweeter?

You would think it would be but its not.

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Re: Home-Made Bologna for the New Year
« Reply #25 on: January 12, 2012, 05:55:40 pm »
Well why add a sweetener then? Seems i'm missing something.
A few pics from smokes....
http://photobucket.com/smokinpics
Inside setup.

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Re: Home-Made Bologna for the New Year
« Reply #26 on: January 12, 2012, 06:21:05 pm »
Trehalose for sausage making.

Elimate "freezer flavor, Trehalose is a natural sweetner and anti-oxidant that is half as sweet as sugar. It will take the "wild" out of game, "fishy" out of fish and "fowl" out of turkey sausage.

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Re: Home-Made Bologna for the New Year
« Reply #27 on: January 12, 2012, 06:22:45 pm »
Great Presentation Kevin, wish I could do that >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

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Re: Home-Made Bologna for the New Year
« Reply #28 on: December 17, 2017, 12:27:26 pm »
I was wondering what you use to poach your bologna and where can I order one?

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Re: Home-Made Bologna for the New Year
« Reply #29 on: December 23, 2017, 03:59:06 am »
Thank you for the great information.  I am trying my first batch today!  Very educational!