Frequently Asked Questions—Collagen Casings

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How tight should collagen be stuffed?

Do you need to soak collagen?

Is collagen edible?

How do you smoke collagen casings?

What is the best way to store collagen casings?

Why can't I twist link my collagen casing sausages by hand?

 

 

ANSWERS:

 

HOW TIGHT SHOULD COLLAGEN BE STUFFED?

Collagen is not as elastic as natural casing. Therefore, it is not as forgiving for over stuffing. Twist linking requires under stuffing by an amount which works best for you.

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DO YOU NEED TO SOAK COLLAGEN?

No. Collagen casings should be kept dry and never soaked before using.

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IS COLLAGEN EDIBLE?

Yes. It is a natural protein synthesized into a casing. Some wide diameters and collagen used for large slicing products may be too tough to chew but they are technically edible.

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HOW DO YOU SMOKE COLLAGEN CASINGS?

The smoke cycle would depend on the type product to be smoked and the type of smoke house used.

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WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STORE COLLAGEN CASINGS?

Place unused portion of collagen in a plastic zip lock bag and store in the refrigerator.

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WHY CAN’T I TWIST LINK MY COLLAGEN CASINGS SAUSAGE BY HAND?

Collagen has "memory" therefore it will always want to go back to it’s natural state. However, it can be linked by hand if braided to hold the twists. Some linking equipment can be used quite successfully.
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