Hog Casing Shelf life

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by spudsuds, Jun 22, 2016.

  1. spudsuds

    spudsuds Newbie

    Do hog casings go bad? I have some that are a year old and not sure if they go bad. Also whats the best way to store them? These were just in a kitchen cabinet, should they be stored cold?

    Thanks
     
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Refrigerated in kosher salt...  I've had some for years that are good...
     
  3. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Ditto on what Dave said . :)
     
  4. spudsuds

    spudsuds Newbie

    So they dont need refrigerated until they are opened? Mine are not open but they have not been stored in the refrigerator. Do you think they are still good?

    Thanks
     
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would put them in the refer now...   They are animal intestines...  meat, so to speak...
     
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I keep mine in the fridge & have some that are 4 years old & just like the day I bought them.

    Al
     
  7. spudsuds

    spudsuds Newbie

    Maybe I should throw them out then. I never had them in the fridge. Dont really want to get sick for $20.00 worth of casings.
     
  8. spudsuds

    spudsuds Newbie

    Thank you. I am very green as you can tell.
     
  9. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    SS, If they were never opened and they are vac sealed they should be fine. Is it a small home use pack?? There maybe a use by date on the pack ?? I don't believe the casing are refrigerated at the warehouse, I receive mine in the mail and put in the fridge out of habit even when unopened.They can throw off a bit of an odor when left out but it goes away when refrigerated.
     
  10. Its $20.Not worth the chance.As others have mentioned they will last years in the fridge as long as they are well packed in salt.Ive had plenty of lenths that were rinsed out that werent needed during stuffing.......repacked well with salt and reused years later.Good luck:)
     
  11. spudsuds

    spudsuds Newbie

    Thank you. Im going to make a small batch of brats and see how they taste. Trying to get that smell out of them.
     
  12. spudsuds

    spudsuds Newbie

    Thank you... Im going to use them if I can get the smell to go away. Rinsed them a couple times and put them in the fridge.
     
  13. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    When you soak them, add  a tsp of vinegar to the water...
     
  14. spudsuds

    spudsuds Newbie

    I just added the vinegar as you suggested. Thank you
     
  15. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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