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OfflineFlipmcneil
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Sterilizing casing mix
    #1837672 - 08/21/03 04:46 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

I need to make a lot of casing mix and I am trying to avoid making up alittle at a time. If I have to use a microwave it will take me awhile due to my small microwave. I have some big turkey bags, can I use those in a pressure cooker or will it melt? I am low on jars right now and connot pc the mix in jars.Or can I sterilize the casing mix in a turkey bag in the oven? I am using verm/coco coir as a casing mix. Thanks!


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Re: Sterilizing casing mix [Re: Flipmcneil]
    #1837703 - 08/21/03 04:54 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

My friend has used a big aluminum pot that fit into his pressure cooker to sterilize casing mix. Stuck it all in the pot and then put the pot in the PC without lid and did it that way. Worked fine.


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Re: Sterilizing casing mix [Re: kukusz]
    #1837734 - 08/21/03 05:04 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Yeah that would work pretty good, but I dont think I have a pot that will fit in my pc. They all have handles that would get in the way.


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Re: Sterilizing casing mix [Re: Flipmcneil]
    #1837754 - 08/21/03 05:10 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

hmmm... maybe you can rig something out of aluminum foil? Like somehow use something to reenforce it and make a sort of big ass bowl out of it? Or use a big bowl or plate as the base of something like that? Maybe buy a big ass can of cheapo coffee and use that? lol, these are pretty weak I know...


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Re: Sterilizing casing mix [Re: Flipmcneil]
    #1837772 - 08/21/03 05:13 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Casing material can be sterilized, but often pasteurization, which is much simpler, is sufficient.

To pasteurize, just put your moistened casing mix in a pot, cover tightly, and sit it on the stove on low until it reaches 160F, then keep it there for two hours.  You can get a cooking thermometer cheap at any grocery store.  Alternatively, you can put it in an oven set at 160F for two hours.  You may need to add a little water after pasteurizing to offset any evaporation.

If you're set on full sterilization of your casing material, put it in an old pillow case and stick it in your pressure cooker for one hour at 15 PSI.  That'll kill just about everything that didn't come from 20,000 feet below the surface of the ocean.  :tongue:

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Re: Sterilizing casing mix [Re: kukusz]
    #1837774 - 08/21/03 05:14 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

I guess I could rig something out of aluminum foil. It would take alot of it, it might work. I dunno


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Re: Sterilizing casing mix [Re: Flipmcneil]
    #1837782 - 08/21/03 05:15 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

You can't go out and but like some quart jars or a bog pot with no handles? I mean it's like a $10 investment max.


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Re: Sterilizing casing mix [Re: kukusz]
    #1837804 - 08/21/03 05:20 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

If I can put a bunch of it in turkey bags and put it all in the oven for two hours at 160 degrees, I think I might try that. I can fit more in the oven than in my pc and I have a meat thermometer.


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Re: Sterilizing casing mix [Re: Flipmcneil]
    #1838567 - 08/21/03 09:16 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

ttt


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Re: Sterilizing casing mix [Re: Flipmcneil]
    #1838956 - 08/21/03 11:31 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

I don't see why the turkey bag wouldn't work either in the oven or PC
If you PC it put a shirt or towel or something around the bag to keep it away from the sides.

Or you could use aluminum foil and Bake in oven for one hour at 250 degrees.

This works!


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