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Help needed for greasy casings

PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2015 12:57 pm
by Swing Swang
Unfortunately the latest batch of chouri├žo has greasy casings.
If I run my fingernail up the casing I get grease on my fingernail.

This is a 15kg batch in beef middles and my guess is that I need to do something about the grease or else they won't dry properly.

This greasy casing are probably due to -
1) My error in setting the fermentation chamber too high for the first 12 hours - 26Degrees +-1C
2) Collapse in fermentation chamber so three of the chouri├žos ended up touching the element and partially cooking/smearing fat over the rest of the sausages whilst I was cleaning up.

Fortunately I used up the rest of the packet of culture when mixing them at it was coming up to 6 months in the freezer (i.e. 'overdosed' by a factor of three) so at the moment I'm happy that I still have a safe product with a suitably low pH. They were made a couple of weeks ago and I only spotted this problem when I went to take them out of the smoke house today.

My inclination is to scrape them with a wooden spatula, then wipe them down with a vinegar cloth and continue drying.

Any better suggestions?