Casings for Homemade Sausage

If you’re making sausage, you’ll need casings. Why not buy from The Sausage Maker? They’re available from other websites and some places for cheaper. That’s true, but we’re not talking about a pair of socks here folks, the sausage casing is going to impact the texture, appearance and flavor of your finished product. And why put the effort into making sausage from scratch, only to skimp on such a vital component?

A premium casing not only provides the distinctive ‘snap’ in each bite, and texture to your sausage, it also provides translucency to show the quality of the ingredients inside it, a good casing dries uniformly when smoking so there is more consistent, vibrant smoked appearance, and finally a good casing will make the sausage making process much smoother because it’ll have proper tensile strength for firm stuffing. Other honorable mentions.

Color

Some places dye their poor-quality Asian casings white to mask the original yellow tint which is lesser quality. Ours are North American casings, about 95% of the time USA source, rarely but sometimes Canadian, which are fantastic as well are a solid backup source.

Whiskers

While they are common to form on the outside, we prefer our casings to have minimal whiskers, and that’s how we order them. They are ‘pulled’ by two common methods. Machine-pulled, passing through metal blades that will often pull too much material than necessary, leaving less material for durability and causing pin-holes which will cause constant bursts during stuffing. Or  “hand-pulled”, which are also de-whiskered with blades/knives, but done by professionals, methodically and carefully to retain highest quality.

Grading

The grade of natural casings comes down to all the factors above, among a few others that INSCA (International Natural Sausage Casing Association) defines. Our natural casings are all Grade A, which means less pinholes, more durable material, better appearance and everything else from above. Ask your supplier what grade are you buying? We are proud to have the highest standard available to our customers.

Biggest selection of the Highest Quality Natural Casings, sold in Butcher-packs, Pre-Tubed varieties for faster and easier stuffing, Collagen (strand and flat), Fibrous, EZ Peelable Cellulose (for skinless sausage), Smokeable Plastic and even Vegetable-based.

For Natural Casings, we carry primarily American Hog, New Zealander Sheep, and Brazilian Beef. We will always strive to bring you the best quality products we can, and that is especially if you are going to be sharing them with your family, friends or your own customers. We also offer Premium Mahogany, Smoked or Fresh Collagen, Flat and pre-tied Collagen and Fibrous, extra durable Salami Casings, and even a Deer-Print collagen casing for Venison Summer Sausage.

Are you unsure about what casing is best for your recipe? Contact us today so we can match you to the right product. Are the websites that offer the cheapest bottom-barrel prices offering to talk casings with you? If so, great! Call them, then call us. We’ll be here.

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