How to twist sausages?
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I want to make bun length sausages from my elk and pork.
I bought a set of hog ring pliers, but they don’t squeeze down enough to seal off the end.
I’ve used twine which is totally time eating.
I saw a TV program once that showed a “butchers twist” , but they didn’t show the technique.
What is Waltons suggestion?
@dennishoddy It depends on what type of casing you are using, if you are using cellulose casings then you probably will need to either tie them or use hogs rings, tying them would be my suggestion there. If you are using natural casings like sheep or hogs then you shouldn’t need to use anything at all, they should stay twisted once done. If you are using collagen casings then you can twist them but once you cut them they casing will come open a little, you could tie these if you want but I generally don’t, as long as collagen casings are cooked at the correct temperature they should expand too much past the casing.
For a good example of how to twist casings go to the 4:35 mark of this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_FgktFx4Xg Austin is twisting cellulose casings here but it shows how to twist.
Let us know if you need anything else!
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.