I bought some 26mm plastic casings from LEM this past week and wanted to give them a go. These are for making skinless hotdogs like the cheap ones you get at the store, except no odd meat products in mine.
After stuffing some sticks today I thought I’d run a couple pounds of the hot dogs jus to see how they go. They stuff like a collagen casing and need to be tied off. After an afternoon in the rig I thought I’d try cooking a few in a pot of simmering water. Not knowing what to expect I stuffed some tight (the 2 smaller ones) and some loose (the longer one).
Into the 180° water, and after 2 minutes they all were plumped up tight.
After 8 minute the long one was floating so I pulled it and the internal temp was 145° A couple minutes later the two small ones were floating and they were at 152° +/- . I tossed them into a cold bath of water to drop the temp then striped the casings.
After the bath. All plumped up.
Now I have to see if letting them air dry will develop a pellicle, or skin. I read that they will but I have my doubts.
I’m also going to try cold smoking them in the am and see if they‘ll take on and smoke flavor.
Well that’s it for now, thanks for checking out my skinless dogs.