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Sausage casing shelf life/storage?

I am making sausage with natural casing, but I have some unused casing left over. If I want to wait a few weeks to use the rest, what is the best way to store the casings and how long will they last?

asked by JoannaZ over 3 years ago
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added over 3 years ago

I put them in the fridge, covered with kosher salt in a sealed plastic bag. They keep indefinitely that way.


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added over 3 years ago

Freeze them. Like caul fat they are very perishable (hey, they are an intestine). I can't see them remaining usable "indefinitely" using any method.

added over 3 years ago

In my experience, the salt-packed ones stay good a very, very long time. I've kept them two years with no problem. They do need to be soaked before using. In the sources I consulted, freezing isn't recommended.

From http://www.onestopjerkyshop...

What is the shelf life of natural casings?
Packed in salt: 1 year or more
. . .
How do you keep unused casings?
Cover unused casings in brine solution or granulated salt and store in cooler at 40°F or less but do not freeze.

What is the best way to store natural casings?
Store in the cooler at 40°F or less in brine or well salted. NEVER freeze casings.

added over 2 years ago

Hi there,

Our family company 'The Casing Boutique' has been processing and selling natural sausage casings in Australia & New Zealand for well over a decade now. Sausage casings should last for at least a year if they're kept well salted and refrigerated thorughout their life (hesitantly we could say they may last indefinately if they're really well kept). If you choose to store them outside of a fridge ensure they're not exposed to direct sunlight and the environment is cool. They should keep for at least 6 months in this case.

If they do start to smell a bit more than usual or change colour it's an indication they've reached their best before date.

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