Casing size

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by girthbrooks, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. girthbrooks

    girthbrooks Newbie

    Maybe this has been beaten to death already.  What size casings do you all prefer for snack sticks?  I just made a sausage stuffer that has a fixed 3/8 nozzle on it.  I was thinking I would like to do 16mm casings.  I know it is sometimes a matter of preference.  i was just curious if I should go larger.  Again, this will be my first attempt.  In doing research it looks like its a little more complicated than I was thinking at first.  Then again, what isn't  Thanks for the help.  
  2. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    I'm pretty sure it's the 21mm casings. That's what i used when i made mine.
  3. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I use some 22mm collagen casings for snack stix.
  4. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use 22, I have done 19mm before but you better have better arm strength than I do, a lot of pressure in that small tube/Casing, or cheat and add more water sometimes helps.

    Good luck and let us know. 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker

  5. mds51

    mds51 Meat Mopper

    I was just getting ready to reply and then I saw driedstick`s comment. I use the 19 MM Stranded Collagen Casings from Sausage Maker with the small Snack Stick tube that LEM sells. Fortunately I had read about adding a 1/2 cup of ice water or very cold water to the mixture before stuffing. This is an absolute must and then a very firm but steady pressure on the handle . I wish they made a 22 MM in this casing but they do not and I have great smoking results with this type. The only 22MM they have is for Fresh Sausage and not for Smoked Sausage .

  6. I have gone to Naked snack sticks. Bearcarver has a very good thread on this. Search Bearcarver and at the bottom of any of his pages he has his step by step.

    All of this is a 1/2" tube. I find 3/8" tube a little small.

    Happy smoken.

  7. girthbrooks

    girthbrooks Newbie

    I am looking at getting a half horse grinder from a big sporting goods store. Are the sausage stuffing attachments any good? Or would I have to get a separate stuffer for snack sticks?
  8. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Girth, go with a designated stuffer you will not regret it. PITA doing it thru a grinder. 

  9. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    I've made sticks by way of the grinder/stuffer and really don't want to try again till i get a separate stuffer. Try it once tho it might go better for you

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