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Pasted hog casings

Post by redzed » Mon Dec 02, 2013 01:53

A little while ago I discovered this product for wrapping dry cured solid meats. I tried it out on a lonzino several weeks ago with excellent results. Easy to work with, and cheaper than beef bungs. The wrapping forms a nice casing and each layer eventually melds into one skin. Today I wrapped a coppa in one 50 x 50cm sheet. My cost was $1.55 per sheet.
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Post by ssorllih » Mon Dec 02, 2013 02:39

Very interesting! Is it fairly strong? After it has been in contact with the meat does it start to conform nicely?
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Post by redzed » Tue Dec 03, 2013 05:01

Ross, it's a really nice product and surprisingly strong. When I first bought it it felt very brittle and I thought that it would crumble like parchment. There is no need to moisten, it absorbs the moisture from the meat and conforms nicely. Might be a bit more difficult to work with if the meat was tied, but it's perfect with the elastic netting.
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Post by redzed » Tue Feb 18, 2014 03:22

After three and a half months in my curing chamber I cut into the coppa cased in the pasted hog casing. The coppa is divine! Tasted it today with some asiago cheese and a glass, (well, maybe two) of Australian shiraz, and I was in heaven. I don't know how much of a role the casings played, but from a tech. perspective this stuff rocks! Protects the meat and peels beautifully. Definitely a keeper and so much more cost-effective than beef bungs. And notice the total absence of case hardening even though it lost more than 50% of weight.

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Post by ssorllih » Tue Feb 18, 2014 03:36

I should think that it smells better than bungs. ;-)
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Post by Chuckwagon » Tue Feb 18, 2014 03:49

That is one heck of a beautiful project Chris. Congratulations! :wink:

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Post by redzed » Sat Nov 04, 2017 17:39

Pasted hog casings are difficult to source in the US and getting more expensive in Canada. I found a source in China, selling the exact same product for half the cost and free shipping.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2015-ho ... 0.0.AzRAr5

These are better than collagen sheets in that they are softer and easier to work with. No soaking needed, simply wrap the lonza or coppa in one sheet, net, tie, and in minutes your product is ready for the curing chamber!

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Post by Bob K » Sat Nov 04, 2017 18:01

Have you tried their regular casings? Good prices on sheep casings!
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Post by redzed » Sat Nov 04, 2017 18:42

Not yet. but I think i'll order a hank of the 22-24mm. Trying to work with thinner sheep casings is absolute madness. 22-24 will be good for kabanosy and wieners.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Wholesa ... ece4&tpp=1
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Post by Bob K » Sat Nov 04, 2017 18:53

Yea me too! They have a sale stating the 11th, 10% off those and 25% off 24-26mm
https://www.aliexpress.com/store/produc ... b16aoks5yt
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Post by cathouse willy » Sat Nov 04, 2017 23:16

I have an aversion to any food products from china. I still remember the melamine laced baby formula and pet food scandal....nuff said.
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Post by redzed » Sun Nov 05, 2017 01:48

Unfortunately the pasted hog casings, as well as almost all dried hog casings sold on this continent are all made in China. That country is also now the world's largest fresh hog and sheep casings producer and what you buy in North America is more often or not from China. Some North American casings producers buy them in bulk from China but classify sort and package them here and that way they get away with stating that is a North American product.

That is the reality of today's world.
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Post by bolepa » Sun Nov 05, 2017 18:05

Tank you redzed and Bob K. I was looking for Pasted hog casings for quite some time - just placed an order for this and will be waiting for 25% of 24-26mm natural casing. Much appreciated!
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Post by joe_indi » Tue Nov 28, 2017 07:21

redzed wrote:Not yet. but I think i'll order a hank of the 22-24mm. Trying to work with thinner sheep casings is absolute madness. 22-24 will be good for kabanosy and wieners.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Wholesa ... ece4&tpp=1
I too get them from Aliexpress, the sheep casing.
At times you get nasty surprises when a just filled casing springs leaks at several places. Except for that they are real value for money
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