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#1 Steve in Mass

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Posted November 03 2010 - 9:18 AM

Related to my other thread, can you freeze sausage casings? I have read various opinions on this around the internet, and didn't get a clear answer.



Guy I get them from always gives me too much when I ask for enough for about 6 pounds of 'basa, and I have enough left over that is about twice the amount that I used. Fortunately, he only charges me $3 for what he gave me.



(These are natural casings, BTW, not collagen casings.)


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Posted November 03 2010 - 9:21 AM

I have before and would take them out and thaw what I need and put them back and never had a problem.



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Posted November 03 2010 - 9:24 AM

I have before and would take them out and thaw what I need and put them back and never had a problem.



Do you freeze them in water, in brine, or just "dry" in a bag?



Or perhaps just packed in salt and then in the freezer?



These came to me in brine.........


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Posted November 03 2010 - 9:55 AM

I have them dry packed in salt in my fridge. I routinely keep them for months at a time without any problem.
YMMV depending on how they are packed.
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Posted November 03 2010 - 12:44 PM

I have them dry packed in salt in my fridge. I routinely keep them for months at a time without any problem.
YMMV depending on how they are packed.
Alan

That's the way I do it, too.
Not sure about freezing as I've never done it. Nothing in Rytek's book?



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Posted November 04 2010 - 6:18 AM

Steve,
Ive kept those salt packed casings in the fridge for up to a year before with no ill effects.



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Posted November 04 2010 - 7:25 AM

Thanks, guys.



I think what I am gonna do is drain off the brine they came in, pack them in Kosher salt in a sealed container, and throw them in the bait/beer fridge downstairs......that fridge is very cold anyway.....cold enough to semi-freeze stuff like lettuce if I put it in there, but not cold enough to freeze liquids, so that may be my best bet.


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Posted November 05 2010 - 1:12 PM

they will last indefinitely when packed in salt and refrigerated



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Posted November 05 2010 - 8:00 PM

Steve, I have half of the last casings I bought in the freezer for several months now. These were in a wet brine so they just went in a plastic bag. I'll let you know how the alternative method worked out when I get them out to use if I remember. Butcher where I got them said no problem to freeze this way but we'll see.