Categories
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            [name] => Spices, Seasoning Blends & Kits:
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                                            [name] => Breakfast | Sage Sausage Spice Blends
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                                            [name] => British Isles Sausage Spice Blends
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                                            [name] => Cajun | Creole Sausage Spice Blends
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                                            [name] => German Sausage Spice Blends
                                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/spices-seasoning-blends-kits/sausage-seasonings-kits/german-sausage-spice-blends
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                                            [name] => Italian Sausage Spice Blends
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                                            [name] => Kits: Backwoods Spice Blend
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                                            [name] => Kits: Hi Mountain Spice Blends
                                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/spices-seasoning-blends-kits/sausage-seasonings-kits/kits-hi-mountain-spice-blends
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                                            [name] => Kits: Sausage Source Spice Blends
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                                            [name] => Polish Sausage Spice Blends
                                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/spices-seasoning-blends-kits/sausage-seasonings-kits/polish-sausage-spice-blends
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                                            [category_id] => 86
                                            [name] => Snack Stick Sausage Spice Blends
                                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/spices-seasoning-blends-kits/sausage-seasonings-kits/snack-stick-sausage-spice-blends
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                                            [name] => Spanish Sausage Spice Blends
                                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/spices-seasoning-blends-kits/sausage-seasonings-kits/spanish-sausage-spice-blends
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                                            [name] => Specialty Sausage Spice Blends
                                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/spices-seasoning-blends-kits/sausage-seasonings-kits/specialty-sausage-spice-blends
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                                            [name] => Summer Sausage Spice Blends
                                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/spices-seasoning-blends-kits/sausage-seasonings-kits/summer-sausage-spice-blends
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                            [name] => Sausage Seasonings & Kits
                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/spices-seasoning-blends-kits/sausage-seasonings-kits
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                                            [category_id] => 94
                                            [name] => Kits: Backwoods Jerky Spice Blends
                                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/spices-seasoning-blends-kits/jerky-seasoning-spices-kits/kits-backwoods-jerky-spice-blends
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                                            [category_id] => 93
                                            [name] => Kits: Hi Mountain Jerky Spice Blends
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                                            [name] => Kits: PS Seasoning Jerky Spices
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                                            [name] => Kits: Sausage Source Jerky Spice Blends
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                            [name] => Jerky Seasoning Spices & Kits
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                                            [category_id] => 98
                                            [name] => Backwoods Cures & Brines
                                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/spices-seasoning-blends-kits/sausage-cures-meat-brines/backwoods-cures-brines
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                                            [name] => Hi Mountain Brines
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                                            [category_id] => 97
                                            [name] => Luhr-Jensen Brines
                                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/spices-seasoning-blends-kits/sausage-cures-meat-brines/luhr-jensen-brines
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                                            [name] => Morton Salt
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                                            [name] => Sausage Source Cures & Brines
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                                            [category_id] => 330
                                            [name] => Sausage Source Rubs, Marinades & Breaders
                                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/spices-seasoning-blends-kits/sausage-cures-meat-brines/sausage-source-rubs-marinades-breaders
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                            [name] => Sausage Cures & Meat Brines
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                                            [name] => Hi Mountain
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                                            [name] => Sausage Source
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                            [name] => Other Spices & Seasoning Blends
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                            [name] => Sausage Source
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            [name] => Equipment & Supplies:
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                            [name] => BBQ Equipment & Utensils
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                                            [name] => Barbecue Sauces & Marinades
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                                            [name] => Spices & Dry Rubs
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                            [name] => BBQ Spices, Sauces & Rubs
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                                            [name] => Gambrels and Spreaders
                                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/equipment-supplies/butchering-packing-equipment-supplies/gambrels-and-spreaders
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                                            [name] => Meat Bags & Sealing Equipment
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                                            [name] => Meat Hooks & Hangers
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                                            [name] => Meat Patty Makers
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                                            [name] => Meat Saws
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                                            [name] => Paper Roll Dispensers
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                                            [name] => Vacuum Sealers
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                                            [category_id] => 217
                                            [name] => Vacuum Tumblers for Marinating
                                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/equipment-supplies/butchering-packing-equipment-supplies/vacuum-tumblers-for-marinating
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                            [name] => Butchering / Packing Equipment & Supplies
                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/equipment-supplies/butchering-packing-equipment-supplies
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                                            [category_id] => 258
                                            [name] => Brine | Cure Injectors
                                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/equipment-supplies/curing-brining-equipment/brine-cure-injectors
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                                    [1] => Array
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                                            [category_id] => 259
                                            [name] => Brining | Curing Tubs
                                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/equipment-supplies/curing-brining-equipment/brining-curing-tubs
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                            [name] => Curing & Brining Equipment
                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/equipment-supplies/curing-brining-equipment
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                            [sister_id] => Array
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                                            [category_id] => 271
                                            [name] => Digital Electronic Scales
                                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/equipment-supplies/food-kitchen-utility-scales/digital-electronic-scales
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                                            [name] => Mechanical Spring Scales
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                            [name] => Food | Kitchen | Utility Scales
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                                            [name] => Jerky Drying Racks & Stands
                                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/equipment-supplies/jerky-making-equipment/jerky-drying-racks-stands
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                                            [name] => Jerky Makers & Cutting Boards
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                                            [name] => Special Jerky Equipment
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                            [name] => Jerky Making Equipment
                            [href] => http://www.sausagesource.com/equipment-supplies/jerky-making-equipment
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                                            [name] => Choppers & Food Processors
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                                            [name] => Kitchen Equipment | Supplies
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                                            [name] => Marinating Equipment
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                                            [name] => Strainers | China Caps | Sieves
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                                            [name] => Thermometers
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                                            [name] => Utensils
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                            [name] => Kitchen Utensils & Equipment
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                                            [name] => Butchering Knives
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                                            [name] => Cutting Boards & Chopping Mats
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                                            [name] => Kits - Butcher Knife Sets
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                                            [name] => Kits - Chef Knife Sets | Blocks
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                                            [name] => Sharpeners - Knife & Scissors
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                            [name] => Knives, Cleavers & Cutlery
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                                            [name] => Food Choppers & Grain Mills
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                                            [name] => Parts - Grinder Plates & Machine Knives
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                                            [name] => Parts - Service Parts
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                                            [name] => Parts - Stuffing Horns | Funnels
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                            [name] => Meat Grinders | Mincers | Parts
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                                            [name] => Manual Meat Mixers
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                                            [name] => Electric Slicers
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                            [name] => Meat Slicers
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                                            [name] => Collagen Casings
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                                            [name] => Ham Nets & Meat Bags
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Collagen Casing FAQs

 

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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