Im a little concerned about some casings I used this evening. They're LEM hog casings I got from Gander Mt. When I opened the package it smelled really bad! I dont have much experience at sausage making, I've only made sausage about 2 or 3 times but it smelled worse than I remember. I soaked them for a while, about 30 min, in water and then rinsed them out and flushed them and put them in some cool water with a couple table spoons of vinegar (hoping that would help with the smell).
It helped a little, the smell wasnt as bad as when I first opened it but it was defintly still there even after I stuffed the sausage. If I would bring it to my nose I could smell it. Smelled kinda like what spoiling raw pork smells like.
What do y'all think? Are the casings bad or not? The texture felt normal and they were still strong, didnt tear.
I need some quick answers, the sausage just went in the fridge to dry and Im smoking it in the morning.