Salumi: How to Make Landjaeger Sausage
Once the air starts to cool and the leaves begin to change, my favorite activity is to take a relaxing hike. Since my backpack is usually filled with that “just in case” sweatshirt, I prefer to bring a smaller protein-packed snack. Landjaeger is perfect since it's a convenient on-the-go size and doesn't need to be refrigerated.
Using the UMAi Salumi kit, I can create this delicious Southern Germany Semidried Sausage at home - no cave required!
How to Make Landjaeger Sausage
Landjaeger means “hunters’ sausage”—smoky, mild, chewy. Usually made in the narrow 32mm size casing, its perfectly portable for brisk autumn hikes, long hunting weekends and chilly nights by the bonfire.
Before you start
Prepare 2 tbsp of de-chlorinated water, either distilled, or boiled and cooled.
Remove Bactoferm T-SPX starter culture from the freezer. Measure 1/4 - 1/2 tbsp per 5 lbs of meat and dissolve into water.
Because math is the bane of my existence, I like to keep it simple and purchase the UMAi Dry curing salts blend, which is perfectly measured for 5 lbs worth of meat.
Or you can stretch those brain muscles by using your own salt blend:
Measure 3% kosher or sea salt (meat weight x 0.03).
Measure out 0.25% Instacure #2 (meat weight x 0.0025)and dextrose as per recipe.
Mix 1 tsp of dextrose into your Landjaeger spice blend packet and shake well.
Begin by cutting 5 lbs of meat into cubes. Distribute cubes into a single layer on a tray to partially freeze. (Make sure the meat does not freeze solid, as it can damage the grinder.)
Use a 1/4 - 3/8 / 8 - 10 mm plate for good particle definition. Start by first grinding the crispy cold pork loin, followed by the pork belly. Put your newly ground meat back into the fridge to cool before seasoning.
Add the TSP X starter, use wooden paddles to mix. This allows the meat to keep its definition. Knead until mixture becomes stiff
Add the mixed dextrose powder and spice blend to the meat
Be sure to mix in your kosher salt and instacure. Using the paddles, chop and mix in the seasonings, making sure to thoroughly blend.
Now that your meat is properly prepared, it's time to stuff. Before you start, be sure to measure the height of the area where you're going to hang your sausages, and make a guide to ensure you’ll be filling your stuffer to the right length to hang it for fermentation.
Fill your manual stuffer, tightly packing in the meat to avoid any air bubbles.
Thread your measured UMAi Salumi bag onto the horn of the stuffer, pressing out the air from the bag. Use one of the provided zip ties to secure the end of the bag.
Next, line up the 32 mm casing on the horn of your stuffer and thread on as much casing as will fit tightly on the stuffer. Press out any air, and use one of the zip ties on the very end.
Stuff the bag to the desired length. Once the bag is at the measured length, use two zip ties to secure the end of your first sausage and beginning of your next sausage.I’d suggest stuffing in pairs to allow for easy hanging.
Once all of the sausages are stuffed, pick out a couple of sausages to weigh, and mark the weight on the sausages so you can weigh it later to ensure they have lost the correct amount of weight.
The sausages should start out a grayish color, but over the course of fermentation, they will start turning a bright red. At this point, you should put them in a full-size frost-free refrigerator. Keep an eye on the weight of the target sausages, and once they have lost 35 to 40 percent of moisture (after about 3 to 4 weeks), you will have a delicious homemade dry sausage.