Are sheep casings hard to stuff?

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by atcnick, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. atcnick

    atcnick Smoking Fanatic

    Are sheep casings hard to stuff? Someone told me they're much more delicate than hog casings and burst easily.
  2. nickelmore

    nickelmore Smoking Fanatic

    I tried them once but did not have the right setup, and it was a disaster. I will try them again once I find the right stuffing tube for my stuffer. I think its one of those things you need to practice a little.
  3. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Sheep casings are fairly strong, at least in my experience with them. It may have been the person that told you they were weak may have had a bad batch. The processor has allot to do with it. I have had the same thing in using hog casings, some brands were just better than others.
  4. atcnick

    atcnick Smoking Fanatic

    Ok. Thanks dudes!
  5. fishawn

    fishawn Smoking Fanatic

    Don't be scared to try them, just don't stuff as tight as hog casings. I add a little vinegar when soaking them for about 1/2 hour, which seems to help them become more pliable and slippery. Use the smallest stuffing tube you have. Go for it!
  6. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I find the toughest part is getting the little buggers on the tube. But after that they work fine. A little bit more delicate then hogs but still not to scary.
  7. pantherfan83

    pantherfan83 Smoking Fanatic

    What he said. If you buy a hank, getting them untangled and on the tube is no fun. When stuffing, you have to be careful not to over-fill them. If they are stuffed loosely, you can tighten it up as you twist your links. You'll have to remove some air pockets too, but that's no big deal. As you stuff (hopefully you have a dedicated stuffer, I can't imagine doing sheep casings with a grinder), the casing should be flying off the tube pretty quickly. Also, keep sliding the casings that are still on the tube out toward the end of the tube. If the casing is coming off the tube from the back, it causes too much friction, stretches the casing and they will burst. You should do this on all casings, but it is especially important on more delicate ones like sheep casings.
  8. iamaxxer

    iamaxxer Fire Starter

    Had my first try with sheep's casings over the weekend... Went pretty well for my first try with them.
    I did break a few but will use them again. Not sure why a couple of times it would "bind up " coming off the stuffer tube, and then break...It seemed like if the casing had a spot that would not slide on to the tube easy it would break coming off..
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for asking cause I have a new bag of them to use as soon as I do some grinding.
  10. rstr hunter

    rstr hunter Smoking Fanatic

    Agree that you should have a dedicated stuffer for these as these aren't quite as strong as hog casings. When I bought mine the guy at the local meat market wished me luck as he had a tough time with them when he tried these. Also if you have too much friction for the casings to slide make sure that put some water to moisten the stuffer tube prior to putting on the casings, it helps.

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