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Hog Casing Shelf life

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

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

post #2 of 15

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

post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by DaveOmak View Post
 

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

 

Ditto on what Dave said . :)

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

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

post #5 of 15

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

post #6 of 15

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

 

Al

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

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.

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

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

post #9 of 15

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.

post #10 of 15
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:)
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 

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

post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

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.

post #13 of 15

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

post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 

I just added the vinegar as you suggested. Thank you

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