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fagesbp

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What can I do to make my sausage casing come out more tender? As it is I can barely bite through the casing when it's done.
 

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Where did you get the casings from and what kind... Quality of the casings can produce tough chewy sausages along not rinsing enough to remove the salt or  high temperatures and over cooking for long periods of time...... Are you talking about the ones you did last week... The casings look different from what I use....
 
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I bought the casing at a local grocery store from the meat market. It's the same casing they use to make the sausage in the store. I bought the whole hank in brine solution.

I smoke it at 135 for an hour, then 145 for an hour then 165 for another 4 or 6 hours till 152 IT.

I run water through the strand to rinse then soak for an hour or so.

Yes the ones I did last week and several batches before those.
 

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My question is, What type of thermometers are you using and are they accurate?
 

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have you tried their sausage and was it chewy also
 

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I am using cheapo thermometers but I use 3 and they are within 3 degrees of each other so I believe they are accurate.

I have tried their sausage quite a bit but it's only fresh sausage. They don't smoke any. I usually smother it or bake it at 350. It wasn't chewy but it's kind of comparing apples and oranges on that.
 

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I would soak them for a full day next time changing the water frequently trying to remove the salt and I would try to pack the meat a little tighter in the casing.. A loosely packed casing will make it chewy........
 

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I am using cheapo thermometers but I use 3 and they are within 3 degrees of each other so I believe they are accurate.
 
Check your thermos in ice and in boiling water to see where they really are, regardless of what you're using them for.  A few degrees can sometimes hurt you and it's best to know where you are...

Now, about the casings, try a Tbs of ACV in the bowl of water you soak the casings in AFTER rinsing them of salt.  That has helped me quite a bit over the years.  However, if you are going to be stuffing all day, or for extended periods, try not to soak the casings for longer than one hour with the ACV added since it could lead to casings that are too soft and could burst while stuffing.

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I'll soak some over night and some for about 45 minutes with a little acv then see how they turn out. Thanks for the help
 

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ok..... ACV is ?
Aciclovir, an antiviral drug
    Actual cash value, money equal to the cost of replacing lost, stolen, or damaged property after depreciation
    All commodity volume, the total annual sales volume of retailers that can be aggregated from individual store-level up to larger Geographical sets
    Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District, a public school district in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, United States
    Amphibious Combat Vehicle, under development for the US Marine Corps
    Apple cider vinegar, a common vinegar available to consumers, popularly used in alternative medicine
    Armored combat vehicle, as in
        ACV-S, a Turkish military vehicle
        ACV-300, a family of Turkish military vehicles
    Armored Core V, a 3D mecha-based video game for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
    Asianet Cable Vision, a company that provide services on cable TV, broadband internet connections, web hosting and VoIP services in Kerala, India
    Asser Christelijke Voetbalvereniging (English: Assen Christian Football Club), a Dutch amateur football club
    Asset of Community Value
    Associated Commercial Vehicles, a former vehicle manufacturer of the United Kingdom, acquired by Leyland Motors Ltd
    Automatic control valve, a type of hydraulic or pneumatic valve
    Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (Dutch: Algemeen Christelijk Vakverbond), a Belgian trade union
    Hovercraft, also known as "air cushion vehicle", a type of vehicle supported by high pressure air
    δ-(L-α-amino-adipate)-L-cysteine-D-valine, the biological precursor of penicillin

ACV is also used as an official code or symbol

    IATA code and FAA LID: Arcata-Eureka Airport, an airport in McKinleyville, California, United States
    ICAO code: Air Charter Service, United Kingdom

you asked for it .. you got it..lol
 

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I would soak them for a full day next time changing the water frequently trying to remove the salt and I would try to pack the meat a little tighter in the casing.. A loosely packed casing will make it chewy........
x2.  Soak them overnight at least, then flush well.  You can also add a cap full of vinegar.  Another thing you can do is to poach them when finished smoking.  It rehydrates the outermost layer a bit.
 

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Boykjo, Are you from clarion county? Just wondering because I went to that school.
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ok..... ACV is ?
Aciclovir, an antiviral drug

    Actual cash value, money equal to the cost of replacing lost, stolen, or damaged property after depreciation

    All commodity volume, the total annual sales volume of retailers that can be aggregated from individual store-level up to larger Geographical sets

    Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District, a public school district in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, United States

    Amphibious Combat Vehicle, under development for the US Marine Corps

    Apple cider vinegar, a common vinegar available to consumers, popularly used in alternative medicine

    Armored combat vehicle, as in

        ACV-S, a Turkish military vehicle

        ACV-300, a family of Turkish military vehicles

    Armored Core V, a 3D mecha-based video game for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

    Asianet Cable Vision, a company that provide services on cable TV, broadband internet connections, web hosting and VoIP services in Kerala, India

    Asser Christelijke Voetbalvereniging (English: Assen Christian Football Club), a Dutch amateur football club

    Asset of Community Value

    Associated Commercial Vehicles, a former vehicle manufacturer of the United Kingdom, acquired by Leyland Motors Ltd

    Automatic control valve, a type of hydraulic or pneumatic valve

    Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (Dutch: Algemeen Christelijk Vakverbond), a Belgian trade union

    Hovercraft, also known as "air cushion vehicle", a type of vehicle supported by high pressure air

    δ-(L-α-amino-adipate)-L-cysteine-D-valine, the biological precursor of penicillin
ACV is also used as an official code or symbol
    IATA code and FAA LID: Arcata-Eureka Airport, an airport in McKinleyville, California, United States

    ICAO code: Air Charter Service, United Kingdom

you asked for it .. you got it..lol
AHHHHH.. ok, I thought that's what it meant... just wasn't sure... thanks for clarifying Joe.... LOL
 

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