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post #1 of 9
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I have had 19mm collagen casings from sausagemaker for some years. They have been in fridge always. are they still good for venison sticks? I have a 5 lb stuffer and hope the small tube will be OK. Rytek has in his book that they cannot be linked,do I just lay on trays in smoker?

post #2 of 9

Not sure about still using casing that old.  They are cheap, I would start fresh.  As far as smoking with them, I loop them around sticks and hang them in my smoker with the racks removed.  I tie the ends with butcher string.
 

post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by jake41 View Post

I have had 19mm collagen casings from sausagemaker for some years. They have been in fridge always. are they still good for venison sticks? I have a 5 lb stuffer and hope the small tube will be OK. Rytek has in his book that they cannot be linked,do I just lay on trays in smoker?


Put the casings in a zip lock and leave the bag open and put in fridge for a few hours and you will be fine.

 

You can link collagen in this way.

 

Twist one to your desired length

Pinch the casing on the next

Twist again and repete.

 

Or if its not working for you rack em.

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies. I guess I will just get some new casings. I am 2 hrs from Buffalo,so the supplies are quick. No sense in wasting time and meat on questionable casings. Never thought about looping around dowels. Duh,Should have thought of that. That is why I am pleased that I am included in this group. thanks,jake

post #5 of 9

i link them by twisting then tieng butcher string around twist.Its a bit time consuming but it works quite well.

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks Mike,look forward to talking with you about all things smoked. After the sticks,slab bacon and hotdogs are the next project. Also I am making some cheese.

post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by nepas View Post


Put the casings in a zip lock and leave the bag open and put in fridge for a few hours and you will be fine.

You can link collagen in this way.

Twist one to your desired length
Pinch the casing on the next
Twist again and repete.

Or if its not working for you rack em.
post #8 of 9
I like your twist and pinch method thanks
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Mike Johnson View Post

i link them by twisting then tieng butcher string around twist.Its a bit time consuming but it works quite well.
That's what I do. Works fine.
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