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Old 06-06-2011, 08:12 PM   #1
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My wife got a good deal on some sausage from the store. Her parent bought the same deal and now I have several pounds of sausage.

I've put some thought into this, is it possible to dehydrate considering I'm slicing? Should I remove the casing?

I've been dehydrating for some time, never done any meat except jerky, so I'm not sure how this will end up.



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Most sausage tends ta be bout 30% fat an it won't dehydrate an store real well lessin yall put it in the fridge. Ya would be makin sorta a sausage jerky. Yall gonna have ta dehydrate at a bit higher temp if it be pork cause ya don't wanna get sick, over 145° at least.

When I dehydrate ground meat I get it with as little fat as be possible so it don't go rancid. I think I'd freeze it rather then dehydrate it.



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You could fry it up in patties or crumbles and can it.

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You could fry it up in patties or crumbles and can it.

I thought of doing that, but at the same time I was thinking it could work as a trail food better if I could get it to jerky consistency.
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Pemmican be made from fruits, meat (jerky) an yup fat. Was mixed tagether fer a trail food. Ain't sure how long it would keep though. If ya froze it an just took out what ya needed might work.

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You can dry it but it won't store quite as long as other less fatty meats.

Crumbles are the longest lasting way. Fry it up (make sure it is well done, no pink) and then pour in a colander and rinse well under running hot water to remove as much of the grease as possible. Then dry it really good with paper towels. Spread the crumbles on the tray and dehydrate like you would hamburger crumbles. You might check it about a third of the way through and if it is shiny at all (which indicates grease is present) then take it out, pat with paper towels again until the shine is gone and put it back in the dehydrator again to finish up.

Should be really crunchy when it is done. Store in pint jars in a cool, dark, dry place. I have some I dehydrated about a month ago so I can't tell you from experience how long it will last (it was my first batch) but depending on how well you removed the fat I am expecting it should still be good at least 9 to 12 months from now ... Not sure I would keep it any longer than that without using some more suitable methods of longer term storage.

It's good in breakfast casseroles and tortilla wraps with scrambled eggs ...

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Pemmican be made from fruits, meat (jerky) an yup fat. Was mixed tagether fer a trail food. Ain't sure how long it would keep though. If ya froze it an just took out what ya needed might work.
I've always wanted to try making it, I need to render quite a bit of fat though don't I?

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You can dry it but it won't store quite as long as other less fatty meats.

Crumbles are the longest lasting way. Fry it up (make sure it is well done, no pink) and then pour in a colander and rinse well under running hot water to remove as much of the grease as possible. Then dry it really good with paper towels. Spread the crumbles on the tray and dehydrate like you would hamburger crumbles. You might check it about a third of the way through and if it is shiny at all (which indicates grease is present) then take it out, pat with paper towels again until the shine is gone and put it back in the dehydrator again to finish up.

Should be really crunchy when it is done. Store in pint jars in a cool, dark, dry place. I have some I dehydrated about a month ago so I can't tell you from experience how long it will last (it was my first batch) but depending on how well you removed the fat I am expecting it should still be good at least 9 to 12 months from now ... Not sure I would keep it any longer than that without using some more suitable methods of longer term storage.

It's good in breakfast casseroles and tortilla wraps with scrambled eggs ...
I'll give it a try, I'm going try a few things over the weekend and see if I can't get it to work.
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Didn't work the way I wanted it too. I'm going to try something different this weekend.


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Didn't work the way I wanted it too. I'm going to try something different this weekend.
I need more details!!!!!! (About what went wrong and what you are gonna try this weekend!! )


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