Casing prices, standardized for comparison

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Dave in AZ

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I made a big order of casings yesterday. While shopping, it became evident some prices were over 2x other shops. Different places had better deals on natural vs. Collagen. I have been buying LEM because I can get it in 1 day from Amazon.

Anyway, here are some prices of 6 different places. I converted it all to price for a standard length, using their best price for 1 to 5 sticks collagen, or 1 hank i.e. 100yds for natural. On many you really have to dig in details and look at the "stuffs 20lbs" specs to convert to lengths, since it is pretty hidden on many.

Shops I used were:
Butcher & Packer, B&P
Waltons
ButchersPantry
Syracuse Casings
LEM
theSausageMaker, SM
I didn't do SM for all, their prices were 2 to 3x so I quit looking...

Casings were the ones I might use:
19mm smoked collagen for sticks
21mm fresh collagen, breakfast links
26mm fresh collagen, weiners etc
30-32mm fresh collagen, fresh brats

18-22mm sheep casings
29-32mm hog casings, thin brats
32-35mm hog casings, fat brats

Most prices for tubed were as good as loose casings, where loose was better I added those. Tubed are almost always longer higher quality pieces.

When I could find country of origin I added it, US or Denmark. When not specified, I pretty much assume China or they would say.

I ended up ordering from ButchersPantry in WI. Their price pkus shipping was about the same as Syracuse Casings with free shipping, but they also had collagen with great prices. Not sure of their casing quality, but I ordered it last night at 0300am, and it was shipped at 10:00am 7 hrs later...

Casing prices as of 10Oct22
18mm snackstick smoke mahog
B&P 18mm 51ft 4.80
Waltons 19mm 50ft 5.67
Butc.pntry 18mm 45ft 4.36.<<<<<<
LEM 50ft 19mm 6.50

21mm fresh 5ft /lb
B&P 60ft $4<<<<<<
Waltons 50ft 5.67
Butc.pntry none
LEM 50ft 21mm fresh 8.50

26mm fresh 3ft /lb
B&P 24mm fresh 60ft $4.80<<<<<<
Butc.pntry fresh 45ft 4.37<<<<<<<


30-32mm fresh
B&P 32mm 60ft $5.85<<<<<<<<
Waltons 30mm fresh 50ft 8.50
Butc.pntry 30mm fresh 45ft 4.63<<<<<
LEM 50ft 32mm fresh 17.00

Sheep 18-20 5.5ft /lb
B&P none
Waltons 100yd tubes 41.00 prerinsed usa or Denm
Syr 100yd tubed 42.00 NZ, freeship
Butc.pntry 100yd 18-22 tubed 35.00 whisker free AB qual<<<<<<
LEM 100yd 21mm tubed 60.00 untubed 50.00

Sheep 20-22
B&P 100yds 35.50 loose
Waltons 100yd tubes 48.00 prerinsed usa or Denm
Syr 100yd tubed 46.00 NZ, freeship
Butc.pntry 100yd 18-22 tubed 35.00 whisker free AB qual<<<<<<
Lem none

Hog 29-32 2.5ft /lb
B&P 100yds 31.33 loose
Waltons 100yd 8tubes 45.00 prerinsed usa or Denm
Syr 100yd tubed 38.50 usa, freeship
Butc.pntry 100yd tubed 33.00 whisker free A qual<<<<<<
Lem, none
SM 58yds loose 38.50 so 100yd 77.00!!
SM 33yd tubed 26.49 so 100yd is 79.47!!

Hog 32-35 2ft /lb
B&p 100yd 26.17 loose
Waltons 100yd 8tubes 36.00 prerinsed usa or Denm
Syr 100yd tubed 35.50 usa freeship
Butc.pntry 100yd tubed 29.00 whisker free A qual<<<<<<
LEM 100yd tubed or untubed both 50.00
SM 50yd loose 34.50, so 199yd 69.00
SM 33yd tubed 24.49 so 100yd is 73.47!!
 

DanMcG

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Hey Dave, thanks for taking the time to compile this info, it must have taken some time. I've been a customer of Craft Butchers Pantry since Evan started the business. He always has quality products for a fair price and now you confirmed it!
 

Dave in AZ

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Hey Dave, thanks for taking the time to compile this info, it must have taken some time. I've been a customer of Craft Butchers Pantry since Evan started the business. He always has quality products for a fair price and now you confirmed it!
I was impressed, think it was 2 days to my door. Like I ordered at 0300 or so,2 ict, got them 4 oct. All correct, packed nicely, labeled well.
 

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Can someone school me on difference between natural and collagen casings? I see they sell clear and mahogany in the collagen casings?

I just got a kitchenaid stand mixer with grinding/stuffing attachments to test the waters on making brats and snack sticks. I know that these are not the best way to go but at least it gets me in the game for now.
 

Dave in AZ

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Can someone school me on difference between natural and collagen casings? I see they sell clear and mahogany in the collagen casings?

I just got a kitchenaid stand mixer with grinding/stuffing attachments to test the waters on making brats and snack sticks. I know that these are not the best way to go but at least it gets me in the game for now.
1. Natural, good for all
2. Fresh collagen , good for linking and FRESH brats, not for smoking. Well, good for smoking but you cant hang them. If you don't want to use natural, this is the ONLY acceptable choice for skin on brats
3. Clear collagen, tough casings, can be hung in smoker, wont link, like impossible to keep twists without the triple sausage chain method. maybe ok for coiled but I’d strip it off to eat.
4. Smoked collagen, tough, can be hung in smoker, won’t link. I use 16, 18, 19 or 21mm for snack sticks, where tough chewy casing seems ok.
5. Cellulose, like plastic you strip off hotdogs after cooked. Clear collagen also works for stripped dogs.
 
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So natural salted hog casings are good? such as the below?
 

Dave in AZ

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So natural salted hog casings are good? such as the below?
Yep, pretty much best for brats, smoked sausage, breakfast links. Super easy to use, tubed even easier. Last forever in fridge, just sprinkle with some kosher salt then back in bag...years.

I used small diam smoked collagen for snack sticks, or 21mm fresh collagen, or 21 to 23mm sheep casings.

Fresh collagen is good for breakfast links and not bad for brats.

Look at my top post above for good pricing, and I also looked at sourcing and rating... not all natural casing is same, there are better grades for long lenghts, no holes, hand scraped whiskers, etc.

Clear collagen I've made brats etc... I am relegating it to trash heap unless stripped off for like hotdogs.
 

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Yep, pretty much best for brats, smoked sausage, breakfast links. Super easy to use, tubed even easier. Last forever in fridge, just sprinkle with some kosher salt then back in bag...years.

I used small diam smoked collagen for snack sticks, or 21mm fresh collagen, or 21 to 23mm sheep casings.

Fresh collagen is good for breakfast links and not bad for brats.

Look at my top post above for good pricing, and I also looked at sourcing and rating... not all natural casing is same, there are better grades for long lenghts, no holes, hand scraped whiskers, etc.

Clear collagen I've made brats etc... I am relegating it to trash heap unless stripped off for like hotdogs.
I did, that is what started this..lol Thanks
 

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