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Mikey P's BBQ
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19 12 8:08 pm    Post subject: To Soak or NOT to Soak Reply with quote

I picked up some LEM 32MM cologne casings last night to make some trail bologna and the back of the package says not to soak in water. I looked at the 19mm casings that I have used before and they also say not to soak in water. The 19's were soaked and stuffed very easy, but I'm not sure whether to go against the manufactures suggestions and soak them before stuffing...

Any suggestions? I don’t really want to have a sausage blowout!!! Very Happy Very Happy
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Harry Nutczak
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19 12 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not soak collagen casings, they get a little delicate IMO, the moisture in the meat mixture is enough to get them to full diameter when stuffing.

Now I did get a batch that was a little dry and tearing easy, I soaked those to try and save them, and it help a little bit.

My suggestion, try using manufacturers guidelines first, if it does not work like you want, try something to make it work better such as wetting them.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23 12 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have only used collagen casings a few times.

Mainly because I just started making stix & sausage recently.

I have never soaked them.

The only time I had trouble with them is when I stuffed them the night before & put them in the fridge.

The next day I went to hang them & they started tearing apart.
I assume because they were moist from sitting over night.

Now I mix the meat the night before & stuff the next day.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27 12 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iv only used collagen casing once and didn't soak it and had no problems stuffing it

I didn't use all of the casing so I put the rest in the freezer has anyone done this will it still be good if I try to use it its been froze a couple months
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