The importance of taste test patties

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The importance of taste test patties

Post by ssorllih » Sat Oct 25, 2014 21:41

Today I made 3 kilograms of chunk turkey ground chicken sausage. Fried a couple of test patties and thought they needed salt. They DID! I had slipped a decimal point and used 1.5 grams/kilogram instead of 15 grams/kilogram. I had not yet stuffed any. :oops:
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Post by Wurstastrophe » Sat Oct 25, 2014 23:09

Good catch!
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Post by Butterbean » Tue Oct 28, 2014 03:44

Always good to test. I tested once and found the batch too salty. Way to salty. Discovered some nitwit - me - had poured salt in the sugar container. Am a firm believer in testing.
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Post by markjass » Tue Oct 28, 2014 08:38

After numerous interruptions. It was getting late. I was tired and I need to start hot smoking 3 kg of chorizo's. I was not going to taste test them (up to then and since then I have always taste tested them). It is a good job I did as I had left out the cayenne. The colour was not a give away as they were loaded with paprika. Without the heat they would have been good, but not what I was looking for.

Here is my question. When making salami (air dried) do people taste test the mix before adding the cure #2 and culture? Part of me thinks you should another thinks that it doesn't matter.

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Post by Bob K » Tue Oct 28, 2014 13:05

Mark-
I don't taste mine...the taste changes dramatically even after just fermenting so it would be hard to judge.

However because of forgetting to add spices included in the recipe in the past I now physically check off each ingredient as it is added.
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Post by ssorllih » Tue Oct 28, 2014 14:36

Mark you could poach a small piece and check for omissions.
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Post by markjass » Wed Oct 29, 2014 01:18

Since my near mess up I use my tablet. I have an excel spreadsheet that consists of four columns. Ingredients, g per kg, grams needed for this batch and a tick box. I also place all ingredients one side of the bench and shift them to the other side when used. It may seam ott, but it works for me.
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Post by Wurstastrophe » Wed Oct 29, 2014 01:39

Mise en place makes a world of difference.
Check, double-check and triple-check everything before starting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mise_en_place
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Post by markjass » Wed Oct 29, 2014 01:57

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Post by ssorllih » Wed Oct 29, 2014 02:46

my tablet is paper but after that small detail we work the same way.
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