tieing the summer sausage

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by dannylang, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. how do you tightly tie the bag, when you fill it? my calogen casing are 1 1/2 x 12 and 2 1/2 x 20, i have cut the larger bags in half, because to long for smoker.

    dannylang
     
  2. highlife4me

    highlife4me Fire Starter

    I usually use hog rings for summer sausage but when I do have to tie with twine I use a double overhand knot. It can be a bit tricky if tieing by yourself though, could try a slipknot then you could tighten with one hand while holding the twisted casing with the other hand.
     
  3. When I'm by myself, I use twist ties like the ones from a loaf of bread.
     
  4. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Lowes. $2.58


    Heres and example. Not my pic though

     
  5. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Hog Rings makes it easy

    Richie


     
  6. where do i buy a hog ring pliers and hog rings, Lowes or do i have to order 1.

    dannylang
     
  7. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Danny you would most likely have to order.

    Richie
     
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Places like cabelas have the pliers and hog rings. The last batch we did I used plastic zip ties. Which you can buy from any hardware store. Just as a safety precaution (wasn't sure how the ties would hold up to heat) I also tied with butchers twine. The zip ties made it easy to close tight and they held up to the heat just fine.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2016
  9. thats a great idea with zip ties, is there a size of hog rings that work better than others? i think i like the zip tie, im have plenty of those.

    dannylang
     
  10. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use 1/2" rings. If you have a farm supply close, they may also have them.
     
  11. how do you keep the ring from poking holes in the casings? other than just be careful.

    dannylang
     
  12. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hold the open top, twist it really tight, and then place the ring around the twist. Tighten the ring with the pliers. Takes a few tries, but you'll get the hang of it pretty quickly.

    I'll try and get a pic here in a bit. I use the rings on my plastic sausage bags too.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2016
  13. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Here's a pic of the ring in place. As you can see, the casing (bag in this shot) is all inside of the inner circle of the ring.

     
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  14. went to lowes today to get some hog ring pliers, those people there did not know what hog rings pliers were, finally found them in the fencing dept, those pliers were BIG and had 1 9/16 inch rings (only size), well i guess i will be on amazon, to try to find them. or lem, but there shipping prices are way to high.

    dannylang
     
  15. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Bass Pro

    Gander Mtn

    Cabelas

    Academy Sports

    All have them.
     
  16. chopsaw

    chopsaw Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Rural King 

    check the local co op . 
     

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