One good thing about making your own sausage is you have some latitude to do your own thing.
Snack sticks are usually smaller diameter, sheep casings casing are a good choice if you are wanting a natural casing.
Brats and landsjaeger would be about right in a hog casing.
Bologna can go in a fibrous casing, but is not a natural casing.
Hog casings and sheep casings will vary a bit in size. A lot of casing suppliers will gauge them so you know what the size you are buying. Casing size consistency is probably more important for commercial processors looking for uniform weight and size for their product packaging.
Storing natural casings...
What is the best way to store natural casings and how long can they be stored? I have wet vacuumed sealed them for now - used them yesterday and just want to know my options.
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gbrown You should get about 12 months if they are in the original salt or salt solution that they came in. In the Meatgistics University section of meatgistics, we did a video and article https://meatgistics.waltonsinc.com/topic/787/sausage-casings-104-shelf-life-storage that covers this and the shelf life and storage of Collagen and Fibrous casings as well.
I usually drain through a strainer then place in a ziplock back with plenty of salt, work all the air out theno put the ziplocked bag in vacuum seal bag and seal, then place in the freezer, I have had casings last this way over a year with no problems.
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