New to Collagen
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I have used natural casings in the past…mostly for brats, but I am new to using collagen casings. I have seen most every u-tube video but none of them are very helpful. I could use any helpful advice when it comes to collagen casings…I’m not even sure if I purchased the correct ones for my project, which is Andouille sausage. I bought Walton’s 32mm Smoke Collagen casings…
@jdkeller Yes, that’s about the right size for making Andouille Sausage as long as you are planning on smoking them. The best thing about collagen is that you dont have any prep work to do like you would with natural casings, you simply take them out of the package, put them on the stuffing tube and you are good to go!
One thing to be away of though is that the collagen casings will not hold a twist like natural hog or sheep casings will. For me, this trade off is worth it as they are so much simpler to use. I also prefer the bite of collagen compared to natural casings. Let us know if you need anything else!
If you really want to keep the twists we use small zip ties. Don’t seem to be an issue in the smoker we’ve used them for years and we like the linked look so that’s the simplest way to keep them. We used to tie with butcher string but that seemed to take forever. I know we’ll get some comments about the plastic but it works and I haven’t started sprouting an extra arm or anything so we go with it…And its a good way to color code hot=red, mild=green, cheese=yellow.
Cooked a batch of summmer in PK 100 casings are 1 7/8 by 12 cooked at 120 for one hour then 140 two hours then 180 tell internal of 152 but when I went to pull them the fat had liquefied any ideas
Tom T from Boise, ID
Oh… I ground the pork fat and the venison at the same time. 2 chunks of venison, 1 chunk of pork, back and forth…
Yes… sure cure and sure gel binder. The venison and pork fat were both still partially frozen when I ground them. First through the large course plate, then again through the small plate. (Not sure of sizes, but these are the plates i normally use for summer sausage). I probably should have put the meat back in the freezer before seasoning but i was pressed for time. I mixed by hand for 14 or 15 minutes. I also think I might have added to much water. The video said 2 quarts for wild game 2 pints for fatty pork. I put in 1 quart and about another cup. I mixed until it got tacky and then mixed some more. The meat seemed soupy to me but the video said that would be ok.
The shriveling occurred before I bumped the temp up. I was using a digital thermometer with a probe, when the temp stalled for a couple hours, I suspected the temp might be reading inaccurately so I opened the door to confirm with a dial thermometer. The digital was accurate but the sausage was already shriveling.
Another thing that bothered me was the casings… these had perforations for some reason. I e never used perforated casings before and seemed like I was losing a pot of moisture through them. Did I have the wrong casings? The other fibrous casings in the catalog said you were supposed to poke them anyway.