mold in sausage casings

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by unclejhim, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. unclejhim

    unclejhim Smoke Blower

    I have 2 separate hanks of natural hog casing in my fridge. When I am finished using them I store them in container, drained  with 1/2 cup salt and a cap full of vinegar.

    Today went to get them and one container had 2 small pieces of mold floating on top. The water was also murky. No smell and no discoloration. I rinsed them several times and the water cleared up. The other container was fine.

    What may have caused this? It's a new hank that I flushed several weeks ago. My first guess  is the container was/is not air tight.

    Also do y'all think they are safe to use?
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2016
  2. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    UJ, I store my casings in a salt slurry and have never seen mold. I wouldn't use the moldy ones !
     
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Maybe getting air. I would not sweat the mold. Harmless mold grows in high salt and acid, like fermenting pickles and sauerkraut. If the casing don't stink they are fine...JJ
     
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2016
  4. nepas

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

    I bet they are still fine to use, if you can pack in more salt, skip the vinegar and use non iodized, kosher or pure salt.
     
  5. unclejhim

    unclejhim Smoke Blower

    Thanks all,

    I've been rinsing several time and they look and smell fine. Well pack them with more iodine free salt and skip the vinegar.
     

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