sauage casing help.

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by unclejhim, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. unclejhim

    unclejhim Smoke Blower

    I'm trying to load some 32/35 mm hog casing onto my 30mm stuffer funnel. I can only  get the first inch or two then the casing starts tearing. I even tried loading it onto a 20mm funnel,  same problem. The casing just stick and hang up. I soaked them for a good hour and rinsed them several times. I also rinsed the inside. Can anybody shed some lightt on this??.
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Some folks soak the casings overnight and add a small amount of vinegar.... then try lubricating the stuffing tube with lard or Crisco etc.... keep the casing wet....
  3. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It may be the casings. I know I have learned to always let casing soak in clean water over night after rinsing before using. It allows the casing to rehydrate, relax and expand easier. I have found that loading the tubes under water is easier also, but the water is a poor lubricate and the casings can drag on the tube while loading. I also make sure and lub the tub, o-rings and the meat chamber real well before loading the meat , casings, or attempting to load the casing.

    Then again, I understand sometimes people complain about bad casing and I have no doubt they maybe. did you try more than one? I can't imagine a casing from me with this belly to be the same as one from Jennifer Aniston with her belly.

    I use Butchers and Packers casings and have been very pleased. There are others like Syracuse also.

    I know I didn't reference much but I hope something helps you. Maybe one of the sausage Pro's will be on soon.

    Bon Chance. 
  4. unclejhim

    unclejhim Smoke Blower

    Thanks guys. I'll soak them overnight  w/vinegar and try some lube on the funnel. These were some Lem casing I've had in the cuppbard for a while.
  5. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You did good with the rinsing of the inside, and in my opinion the soaking time is too short. Like Dave and Foam said, a overnight is the way to go in my opinion.  Some do add some vinegar to the water, but you can also squirt some lemon or pineapple juice in the water to help soften up the casings. I spray the tubes with pam at times when I need it.  Reinhard
  6. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    One more thought on the tearing issue, make sure there're no burrs on the tube, it doesn't take much to tear the casing.
  7. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I had that problem early on.

    I tried the oil on the horn but it seems to turn to glue for me?

    I soak a couple hours with a little vinegar.  Rinse the snot out of them Turn them inside out and rinse again. Leave them in a bowl of water while loading onto the horn. Wet the horn with water before you start. The water will drain down the casing and back into the bowl as you load the horn.

    I have found that the more water you can keep in the process, the easier they load onto the horn.

    Just one guy's experience?

    Good luck and good smoking.
  8. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You always learn something if you listen. I thought the vinegar or lemon juice was for smell. I didn't realize the citric acid relaxed the casings.
  9. szynka

    szynka Fire Starter

    No matter how much you soak, bathe in vinegar, steep in oil, or slather with lard, you won't get a 32mm hog casing on a 30mm funnel.  Use the next size down, (probably a 22)  and it will do the job.
  10. unclejhim

    unclejhim Smoke Blower

    My Dad was right , " ask questions and then listen to the answers", this sight always has the answers . I tried the 20mm funnel yesterday and that didn't work either. I'll try again this a.m. now that they have soaked overnite. Thanks all.
  11. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Although some people do, lubrication of the tube will only cause the casings to stick. The casings need to be saturated with water which will act as the lubricant and make them slide off the tube without tearing..... I would soak the casings for a week changing the water frequently and follow my instructions for next time usage

  12. unclejhim

    unclejhim Smoke Blower

    Thanks Joe. Great info. I posted it to my favorites bar.
  13. szynka

    szynka Fire Starter

    If you still can't load the casings on a 20mm funnel, you are doing something fundamentally wrong, and I don't know what.

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