Casing Problem, omg

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by jorgy-69, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. so I have a "kit" and I was about to start making brats in a few hours.  When I took the casing out of the package (they are natural casings) there are black specs all over them.  They have a pretty foul smell.  I have never used natural casings before so I don't have a clue if this is something to be expected or not.  The smell might go away, but have never seen something that looks so wrong.

  2. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    That looks like mold or something growing on them. They should not have black specks or a foul odor, Were they packed in salt or a salt solution? I don't think I would take any chances with them and just toss them out.
  3. Thanks S2K9K

    They were heavily salted, the specs, which I think you are correct that it is mold is only on the outside of the casings (facing outside of package)

    Well that is far less than pleasing!!
  4. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    OK sounds like they were pressed up against the package and didn't get enough salt on them and probably sat on a shelf too long.
    I keep mine in a salt brine and will flip them around and give them a good massage once in a while to make sure every part of them stays in the brine.
  5. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Toss em
  6. Yup - what Dave & nepas said - get rid of those things...  They should look like this

  7. A couple months ago I pulled a package of natural casing out of the fridge and separated several for making Brats, I rinsed the separated ones inside and out, but then something came up and I was not able to continue that day.

    I put the separated / rinsed ones back into a separate zip lock bag, dumped in a good amount of table salt, added some tap water and put them back in the fridge.

    Last week I pulled the bag that I re-salted out and had planned to use them and they had black spots also, but the spots were on the inside of the casing. I assumed that my salt solution did not adequately get to the inside. I run water through a couple but the spots didn't wash out, so I tossed them into the trash.

    Just my 2 cents worth: Rich-
  8. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If you don't believe what you are using is the best product. You will never be satisfied with the results........ I have tosses stuff out for less of a reason.......... just my opinion .....ShoneyBoy
  9. X2  [​IMG]   [​IMG]
  10. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Those casings would make me find another source....   E-mail them the pictures of the casings and the package, and if the package has a "code" imprinted on it of the date, or run number or anything like that, take a picture of it so they become aware of a possible problem....  

    Did they smell like formaldehyde ???  maybe they are Chinese casings.....
  11. X2 and I'm willing to bet they are a "product of China". I have found LEM casings are and I won't buy them. 
  12. stayhot

    stayhot Smoking Fanatic

    I've bought sheep casings before that looked like that. I opened the package and almost puked they stunk so bad, since then I buy from a local butcher. A little more pricey but way better quality and fresh.
  13. Looks like bad casings to me....[​IMG]

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