Muslin Bags

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by c farmer, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I found some on line.    They are 2" and 3" in diameter.   I know people have used them for sausage stuff but how about in a dry cure chamber?

    How will they affect moisture loss?
     
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  3. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  4. nepas

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

    Best place i found GOOD un bleached muslin is Jo-Ann fabric.
     
  5. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Morning Adam....  The layers of muslin would keep the direct air flow away from the meat surface...   That should allow for a more natural loss of moisture...  I don't know if that's a true assumption or not...   but it makes sense to me...   The sausage I made had almost zero case hardening with a single layer...   I've had more case hardening on a pork butt than you see here...  These were in the smoker 12 hours...    If your dry curing chambers is set at 80% humidity and 50 ish deg. F. you should have no problem whatsoever......

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  7. mkriet

    mkriet Smoking Fanatic

    Nepas, 

    Was this muslin in bag form, or did you have to make your own bags out of the fabric?

    There is a place in Wawa, Ontario that I've been to called Young's General Store, and they sell summer sausage that comes in a fabric casing.  I'm guessing it must've been muslin.  I was thinking about trying to make some using this method. 

    Thanks,
     
  8. nepas

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

    I think Adam made his bags, i was supposed to send him some but i keep having brain cramps.
     
  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Most of us make are own. You can buy them from a couple places online, but they are fairly expensive. Like Nepas I buy my muslin from JoAnn Fabrics. I used to sew each bag individually. Now I sew one long bag and then cut to the length I want. To seal the ends I tie them with butcher twine. Last time I bought it I think it worked out to be thirty cents per casing. That's pretty darn cheap.
     

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