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Unread 08-02-2012, 09:29 AM   #1
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Most all of my sausage making involves using hog casings.
But I came across a recipe for a hotdog that I would like to tryout.
I am looking for something to use as a substitute for Sheeps casings, mainly because they cost anywhere from $53.00 to $60.00 for an order.
And they are not something I would use very much.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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I could figure out a way to send you some of the ones I have (need see what the best way to pack 'em is). I bought some and it'll be more than I'll use in a long time. I'd be more than happy to send some along, so hit me with a PM if interested.
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For a natural casing in that size range you are stuck with sheep-casings, there are plenty of uses for leftover sheep casings like pepperoni sticks and breakfast sausages. If you never tried natural casings for breakfast sausage you are truely missing the best tasting sausage you ever had!!
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Typically Bass Pro or Cabela's carry smaller bags of sheep casings in the $7-$10 range, or try Amazon also.

Warning when opening a bag that's been sitting at room temp...... They stink.....

On edit, looks like the $15-$18 range now...... Been a year since I bought some.... WOW!
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Thanks folks for the replies.

Does anybody know if there is a small collegen casing, that would work also?
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Thanks folks for the replies.

Does anybody know if there is a small collegen casing, that would work also?
Try Sausage Maker, they carry lots of different casings.
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There is collagen but they are very expensive.
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LEM has sheep casings in 5 oz. bags. $14.99. I've never used their sheep casings but I've done the smaller bags of hog casings and never had any problems. Sometimes they do have some shorter lengths (like a foot or so) in the small bags, but I don't find it to be much of a problem.

http://www.lemproducts.com/product/3733/Natural_Casings
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I went to a local butcher and bought casings by the hank but have not ask about casings for hotdogs. The casings for breakfast or sticks sound like a good idea.
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I could figure out a way to send you some of the ones I have (need see what the best way to pack 'em is). I bought some and it'll be more than I'll use in a long time. I'd be more than happy to send some along, so hit me with a PM if interested.
the best way to send them is to pack in salt or brine then vacusuck.
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Thanks folks for the replies.

Does anybody know if there is a small collegen casing, that would work also?
There is, but I don't think collagen casings would be cheaper. Also the "snap" or "crunch" factor of a natural casing would be lost with the collegian casings. In my opinion that is what makes the finished product more inviting to eat.


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