producing meat sticks

A Step-by-Step Guide to Producing Meat Sticks

The popularity of producing meat sticks is on the rise.

According to NielsonIQ, processors sold $718M worth of meat sticks in the 52 weeks ending on August 28, 2021 – which was up 3.8% from the previous 52-week time frame.

That trend continues to rise, causing meat processors to consider adding meat sticks to their production lines.

The only problem: many small to medium-sized processors don’t know to effectively and efficiently produce meat snack sticks.
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Vacuum Tumbler

Which Integrated Cooling System is Best for a Vacuum Tumbler?

Investing in an integrated cooling system for your vacuum tumbler can seem overwhelming.

Do a quick Google search and you’ll find a number of optional cooling systems you can include when purchasing a tumbler.

Every manufacturer will tell you their system is best, but is it really?

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injector maintenance

How Maintaining Your Injector Affects Product Quality and Yields

Industrial injectors are a big investment, so it’s worthwhile to regularly inspect and maintain them to ensure product longevity. But there’s even more reason to preserve them in an optimal state when it comes to yield consistency, food quality and safety, and expensive downtime.

While injector equipment manufacturers provide information on how to care for the company’s investment, these manuals are often lengthy and overwhelming. Sometimes, they’re not even accessible to personnel. All of this results in many processors neglecting to properly maintain their injectors.

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chilled brine

Should You Chill Your Brine?

Understanding proper brining methods for meat and meat alternatives are essential when it comes to improving product yields, product quality and your bottom line as a processor.

The process of brining generally entails marinating the meat or meat alternative in a solution (brine) containing salt and other functional ingredients before cooking.

Brining allows for a moist end result because it hydrates the cells of the muscle tissue before cooking as well as helps the cells to hold on to the water while they are being cooked.

That means that the process of brining, and doing so correctly, is crucial for processors who want to produce a tasty, quality meat product for consumers.

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cvm vacuum tumbler

Small to Medium-Sized Processors— Here’s why you’ll want the Henneken Type CVM Vacuum Tumbler

There seems to be an endless array of vacuum tumblers on the market today for processors to choose from, and researching the advantages of all the different platforms can be overwhelming.

That’s because there are a lot of factors that weigh in when investing in a new tumbler. For example, you might be looking to purchase based on a particular function, or maybe your priority is longevity.

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vacuum tumblers

Your Guide to Henneken Brand Vacuum Tumblers

Purchasing a vacuum tumbler can be a daunting task.

Do a quick Google search for “vacuum tumbler” and you’ll find thousands of options to choose from — all claiming to be the best on the market.

So how do you know which vacuum tumbler is right for YOUR specific meat product?

We laid out a process below to help you choose.

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single needle brine injectors

4 Benefits of Single Needle Brine Injectors

A brine injector is an essential piece of equipment for any meat processing company.

These machines are used to inject a brine mixture into the meat to add weight and flavor, which ultimately leaves more money in your pocket.

Uncooked meat and poultry products are typically sold by weight. Meaning, if you can make your product weigh more, look better, and cook better for the consumer, you can charge a premium price.

A brine injector allows you to do that — and gives the consumer a better experience when they cook your product.

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the best way to slice beef jerky

The Best Way to Slice Beef Jerky

The popularity of beef jerky is on the rise.

At more than $1 billion in sales in 2017, beef jerky is just entering the growth phase of its life cycle.

According to research from Technavio, global meat snack sales could hit $9.47 billion by 2021, which would be a 9.4% compound annual growth rate. Roughly half of global meat snack sales are jerky products.

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prevent e coli in ground beef

The Best Way to Help Prevent E. Coli

Escherichia coli (also known as E. coli) is the bitter enemy of ground beef and fresh produce processors — and finding ways to prevent E. coli contamination is important.

You only have to look at the recent news to see how damaging E. coli contamination can be to the reputation (and bottom line!) of a company.

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