Casings For Breakfast Sausage - Fresh Sausage 103
Casings For Breakfast Sausage
WHAT SIZE CASING SHOULD I USE FOR BREAKFAST SAUSAGE?
Since breakfast sausage is a fresh sausage that is generally stuffed into a small diameter sausage, the 21mm Fresh Collagen is a perfect choice. The Fresh Collagen has the most tender bite of all collagen casings, it is a perfect size, and they are available in small packages of just 3 strands at a time.
The other option for Breakfast Links would be 22-24mm Sheep Casings. The slight increase in diameter from the 21mm Collagen will hardly be noticeable. Natural Sheep Casings have a very nice tender bite and, as most Breakfast Sausage will be pan-fried, these casings work well because they have some elasticity to them, so they will not easily split when the meat expands.
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES TO COLLAGEN AND NATURAL CASINGS
The main advantage of Collagen over Natural Sheep Casings is that Collagen does not require any preparation; you simply remove it from the package, load it onto your stuffing tube and begin stuffing. Collagen casings are also stronger and less prone to blowouts when stuffing than Sheep Casings are. The main disadvantage to Collagen casings is that they will not hold a twist; once you cut them to separate them, they will come unraveled.
Sheep Casings’ main advantage is that it does hold a twist once cut; this gives it an advantage in appearance. Its major disadvantages are that they have to be rinsed and soaked (and sometimes flushed), and they are more susceptible to blowouts during the stuffing process.
WHAT TYPES OF BREAKFAST SAUSAGE ARE THERE?
Breakfast Sausage comes in three varieties, Link, Ground, and Patty. Ground Sausage is simply stuffed into Pork Sausage Bags and then cooked in a pan or griddle whenever desired. Patties can either be formed from Ground Sausage or stuffed into Poly Tubing, frozen, and then cut to the desired width before cooking. The most common though will be stuffed into links.
Both Pork Sausage Bags and Poly Tubing require no preparation.