casing on stuffer tube
Re: How do you get sheep casings on a stuffer tube?
I was trained old school style but it works… after rinse and soak…fill stuffer and push a small bump of meat out of the tube aka “turtle head” cut the casing to get a clean straight end, leave the casing in a small bowl of water at the end of the tube. get some water into the casing and pull out of the water and onto the tube, keep the tube wet is the key and they should fly right on. I’ve never used veg oil but I could see how that would work.
@Parksider I would use your method as well. Keeping the casings wet and the stuffing tube wet should work great without needing to use vegetable oil.
@KSHusker First, yes they should be safe to eat. You cooked them to 160° which will kill anything harmful. Now, obviously use common sense and your senses, if it smells bad don’t eat it!
The first thing to know is if you used sure cure (or another version) or not? From the sounds of it, you did but I just want to make sure we are looking at all possibilities. Were the butts untrimmed? If they had a nice fat cap on them then you should have been okay, I still like to use a little more fat than that but you should have been in the realm. How did you mix it, was it by hand? If you mixed for 30 minutes in a meat mixer that is a long time to be mixing it (I don’t think this was your issue, just pointing it out). Starting at 200 is a little high but it also sounds like it came down to 180° pretty quickly but this would be my thought on why the casing stuck, cooking too high can cause this.
For the color, the only thing I can think of (if you used a cure) is that it looks pinker around the edges because you got a nice smoke ring around it? How deep does the nice pink color go and what type of casing did you use? With wild game, I always use some sort of cure accelerator, either Encapsulated Citric Acid, Smoked Meat Stabilizer or something, it helps burn the color more and then you can skip holding it overnight and go right from stuffing to the smokehouse.
Anyone else have thoughts?