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tieing the summer sausage

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

how do you tightly tie the bag, when you fill it? my calogen casing are 1 1/2 x 12 and 2 1/2 x 20, i have cut the larger bags in half, because to long for smoker.

dannylang

post #2 of 16
I usually use hog rings for summer sausage but when I do have to tie with twine I use a double overhand knot. It can be a bit tricky if tieing by yourself though, could try a slipknot then you could tighten with one hand while holding the twisted casing with the other hand.
post #3 of 16
When I'm by myself, I use twist ties like the ones from a loaf of bread.
post #4 of 16

Lowes. $2.58

 

Heres and example. Not my pic though

 

post #5 of 16

Hog Rings makes it easy

Richie

 

post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 

where do i buy a hog ring pliers and hog rings, Lowes or do i have to order 1.

dannylang

post #7 of 16
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where do i buy a hog ring pliers and hog rings, Lowes or do i have to order 1.

dannylang

Danny you would most likely have to order.

Richie

post #8 of 16
Places like cabelas have the pliers and hog rings. The last batch we did I used plastic zip ties. Which you can buy from any hardware store. Just as a safety precaution (wasn't sure how the ties would hold up to heat) I also tied with butchers twine. The zip ties made it easy to close tight and they held up to the heat just fine.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 

thats a great idea with zip ties, is there a size of hog rings that work better than others? i think i like the zip tie, im have plenty of those.

dannylang

post #10 of 16
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thats a great idea with zip ties, is there a size of hog rings that work better than others? i think i like the zip tie, im have plenty of those.
dannylang

I use 1/2" rings. If you have a farm supply close, they may also have them.
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 

how do you keep the ring from poking holes in the casings? other than just be careful.

dannylang

post #12 of 16
Hold the open top, twist it really tight, and then place the ring around the twist. Tighten the ring with the pliers. Takes a few tries, but you'll get the hang of it pretty quickly.

I'll try and get a pic here in a bit. I use the rings on my plastic sausage bags too.
post #13 of 16
Here's a pic of the ring in place. As you can see, the casing (bag in this shot) is all inside of the inner circle of the ring.

post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 

went to lowes today to get some hog ring pliers, those people there did not know what hog rings pliers were, finally found them in the fencing dept, those pliers were BIG and had 1 9/16 inch rings (only size), well i guess i will be on amazon, to try to find them. or lem, but there shipping prices are way to high.

dannylang

post #15 of 16

Bass Pro

Gander Mtn

Cabelas

Academy Sports

 

All have them.

post #16 of 16

Rural King 

check the local co op . 

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