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Can You Freeze Sausage Casings?

post #1 of 9
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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.)
post #2 of 9
I have before and would take them out and thaw what I need and put them back and never had a problem.
post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by jellybear View Post
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.........
post #4 of 9
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
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Originally Posted by Gilbey View Post
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?
post #6 of 9
Steve,
Ive kept those salt packed casings in the fridge for up to a year before with no ill effects.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
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.
post #8 of 9
they will last indefinitely when packed in salt and refrigerated
post #9 of 9
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.
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