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    Friends Don't Let Friends Eat Sausage Casings

    I'll admit I was pretty clueless on this until my brother in law educated me on this stuff (whatever it is). I would unwrap sometimes - sometimes not. Since looking into his claims, I'm fanatical about it now - I de-skin all commercial stuff (natural casings are rarer and rarer). The local home grown sausage maker doesn't order by the ton - the big commercial guys do - I've bought expensive, and cheap - the same stuff for these sausage casings. You guys doing your own game sausage are probably the last doing natural casings (as we all used to do). The 3 pound weight deal - it actually holds 5 but I couldn't get them to stack for the shot.

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    Appreciate the head's up. I knew something was up last time I wore out my jaw trying to eat some store-bought sausage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RVBottomly View Post
    Appreciate the head's up. I knew something was up last time I wore out my jaw trying to eat some store-bought sausage.
    You're welcome. I wasn't fanatical about it until my BIL started unwrapping sausage I'd cooked. Thought he was crazy - but I'm unwrapping now with the same fanaticism.

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    You guys are funny. Eating commercial sausage and you’re worried about the casing? Hell, eat the casing and toss the stuffing! I don’t eat mystery meat but when I make sausage I use cellulose, and cut it off before eating.
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    I primarily use collagen casings but occasionally use hog casings for linked sausage. The collagen never seemed to have any real presence when it come to eating and I have never pealed a single inch of polish or dogs that I have made out of it. Hog casings have far more snap when eaten but I like them for linked products like the jalepeno cheese dogs that I make. If anything the collagen is too soft and lends itself to blow outs which can be quite frustrating. Maybe the process of water bathing after smoking helps the tension of the casings but the number one comment I get after the excellent taste is that they don't need to be pealed.

    Stewarts comment about lending meat to a processor ring so true. I can't think of handing my good hard earned harvest to any processor.

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    If it looks smooth...it might be

    If it looks rough...it is!!

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    Everything I know about making sausage I learned from my wife’s surrogate grandma. She turned her nose up at all the natural casings we found in the valley. Maybe it was a bad week. Making sausage is fun.

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    We made it in the later '60's to mid '70's from wild game at Fett's Farm in Delta Junction Ak. Natural hog casings that needed cleaning of course. Slow smoked Sure-Mak old Wisconsin seasoning recipes. Love Post #5.

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    My mom wonders why I’m still single….
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    Quote Originally Posted by stewartb View Post
    ..... Eating commercial sausage and you’re worried about the casing? Hell, eat the casing and toss the stuffing! .......
    About 40 years ago, I worked on a construction project at the Farmer John plant in Vernon CA.
    The smell was horrendous.
    Carloads of pigs rolled in one end of the plant,
    & carloads of bacon & sausage rolled out the other.
    I don't think I ever saw a load of waste leave the plant.
    Employees told me they used "everything but the squeal".
    Cessna Skywagon-- accept no substitute!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oliver View Post
    My mom wonders why I’m still single….
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    My wife was managing the housing at the University when I met her. Long before we dated, I was skinning and butchering a nice buck on the porch of my room, hanging from the roof post. One friend came running down to warn me that the "housing manager is coming" worried I would be in trouble.

    I asked my then girlfriend to hand me my boning knife and cut out a nice hind quarter roast for her. She took pictures but had nothing negative to say!!

    More than once we have had a fridge that looked like that since then! We have butchered a number of moose on her kitchen islands!
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DENNY View Post
    This created more buzz than I thought it would - that said, I don't know when that was written or who wrote it, but here is what can be bought by large commercial processors: https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta...5a9f5dd54UvrfR (just one selection out of many).

    None of the little mom and pops or local sausage makers would order by the metric ton - not even a factor. All the sausage we made was natural hog casings but that was 50 years ago.

    I guess the risks of eating suspect casings are like "edible" underwear: you have a decision to make.

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    I didn't think it was possible to laugh my breakfast out of my nose.

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    Now it's got me thinking of the dangers of sausage packed in edible underwear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wireweinie View Post
    Now it's got me thinking of the dangers of sausage packed in edible underwear.

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    Since this started with removal of wrapping discussion, I will relate the sales slogan of the electrician when I was a kid: Hertz Electric- Let us remove your shorts.
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!
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    Better than the slogan of the guys that offered to pick up your cargo in a Shorts Brothers airplane!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wireweinie View Post
    Better than the slogan of the guys that offered to pick up your cargo in a Shorts Brothers airplane!

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    A Skyvan? I didn't know there were any flying still. I picked up an AgCat in Salisbury MD (early 80's) to fly back to Fl and saw my first one with Garrett engines taxi by. Ear piercing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flagold View Post
    A Skyvan? I didn't know there were any flying still.
    I can't swear it's still there today but, very recently, one was a regular jump plane at Eloy AZ.
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    Another "shed" https://www.alaskaairtaxi.com/skyvan for your sausages

    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC12D-4-85 View Post
    Another "shed" https://www.alaskaairtaxi.com/skyvan for your sausages

    Gary
    And it looks like it has the Garrett's. I would have never thought it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frequent_flyer View Post
    I can't swear it's still there today but, very recently, one was a regular jump plane at Eloy AZ.
    Still seems to be a daily flyer:

    https://www.radarbox.com/data/regist...4LH/1602417177

    It's been several years since I went up, but not down, in it.

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    Cool ride in a Canadian Skyvan, eh? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHaHDnsNcCY Skip the gotta' have one ads.

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