I was wondering if anyone could help me understand case hardening and the smoking process?
I’m making snack sticks in the UK using devro casings from Waltons and i’m struggling with the casings being very tough to bite when they come out of the smoker. I’ve tried low humidity, high humidity, low temps, high temps, short cycles, long cycles, but it never changes.
To fix it i let them bloom on a work surface then put them in the fridge for a few hours and the casings seem to soften up, then they’re fine.
Question: Does everyone suffer this problem and if so do you solve it the same way? Does anyone have any success just taking them out of the smoker and letting them bloom at room temperature, without the need to put them in the chiller?