How to Store Sausage Casings (And How Long They Last) - Sausage Casings 104
How to Store Sausage Casings (And How Long They Last)
HOW TO STORE NATURAL HOG AND SHEEP CASINGS?
These will be sent to you either packed in salt if you purchased the home pack or kept in a salt solution if you purchased the 100-yard hank. The salt will keep the casings fresh throughout the shipping process, but they should be stored in a cooler or refrigerator when you receive them until they are ready for use. Once you have taken them out of the package and rinsed and cleaned them, they can be put back into the salt or salt solution and vacuum-packed again, at which point they will have the original shelf life.
Shelf-Life - If they are unopened and stored in a refrigerator or cooler, you can expect to get 12 months from these casings but remember, these are natural products, not manufactured ones, so times can vary. The casings might have an unpleasant smell to them, but that is to be expected. If, however, the smell is truly rancid, then the casings have gone bad and should be disposed of. The difference between the slightly unpleasant normal smell of these casings and spoiled casings is unmistakable.
HOW TO STORE COLLAGEN CASINGS?
They should be kept in a dry place that is between 40-60° F and left in the original packaging until they are ready for use. Once they have been opened, you should reseal the casings and always store them in an airtight container. The older the casing is, the more brittle and prone to blowouts it will become.
Shelf-Life - Collagen casings should have a shelf life of between 12-24 months, depending on how they are stored. If the casing feels excessively brittle when you are putting it on the stuffing tube, or you are experiencing an unusual number of blowouts, your casings might have gone bad and should be disposed of. You can slightly rehydrate older collagen casings by taking them out of their package and storing them in the refrigerator the night before they are going to be used. Once you have used how much you need, you can reseal them in a bag. Do not vacuum pack them, though, as this will crush the casings.
HOW TO STORE FIBROUS AND CELLULOSE CASINGS?
They should be kept in a cool, dry environment and out of direct sunlight.
Shelf-Life - These casings do not really go bad; you should get at least a few years out of them if stored correctly.