How can I avoid "chewy" casings after smoking

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by chuck2u, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. chuck2u

    chuck2u Newbie

    I don't mind, but the wife complains about my tough, chewy casings after smoking.  I've used hog and sheep casings.  Does the same thing happen with collagen?  Or should I use the inedible type and peel them?

    Thanks for the help!

  2. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    With natural casings, I've had good (i.e. more tender) results by making sure the casings have had plenty of time (overnight) to soak with a shot of vinegar in the soaking liquid (water). The longer they soak, the more tender they become. 

    Keeping the smoker 'moist' (water pan) can also help prevent casings from drying too much during long smokes.
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Chuck, morning... I never noticed the cheweyness... I guess I was so in love with the snap of the hog casing, reminded me of sausage and dogs when I was a kid, I was in heaven...  Not sure of how you grind the meat for your sausage but you might try a grind that is coarse so the texture of the meat is more prevalent and maybe mask the casing texture... ???  You can also not stuff and just have fried/baked/grilled patties... or take them out of the casing....

    One more thought, rinse the casing really, really well. Inside and out to remove the salt... The salted casing is tough like shoe leather... more rinsing may aleviate some of the toughness...  Do not know for sure....

    Someone who knows more than I will be along soon and probably know exactly what is going on... (up to and including finding a new bride)...I did not say that... I think someone else might say that...   Just Kidding... Sometimes I have a sick sense of humor...  Keep us posted on your predicament and solutions... You friend in smoke... Dave 

    PS: Say hello to your wife.... 
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I've tried to rush it a few times & didn't soak the casing long enough & they were a little tough. But I've never had one that I would describe as chewy. 
  5. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Like mentioned a good soak in water with some vinegar, pineapple juice or lemon juice will soften them up

    After the initial smoke add a water pan to add some moisture.

    Sometimes it just the product itself. But if you have the same trouble with pigs and sheep's then it's probably your process. 

    An understuffed casing will also be chewy.

    And you didn't mention how you cooked them but that can also be a cause.

    Got any pic's?

    I've had my share of rubbery chewy casings.....hang in there.
  6. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I'm like AL with this one and I have had the maybe tough casings but never seem to remember chewy casing. maybe I need to soak mine alittle longer then I do.
  8. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    X3 on the water soak with some vinegar added.

    Good luck and good smoking.

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