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Where to buy hog casings?

Postby archiecat » Wed Oct 21, 2015 5:39 pm

Hello, I started making my own sausages a couple of months ago and am pleased with the results so far, the only problem I'm having is sourcing decent quality hog casings, I've tried five suppliers so far with only one ( Bay seller ) being satisfactory but he only sells in very small quantities, if anyone can recommend a supplier where I can purchase good quality casings it would be much appreciated.
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Re: Where to buy hog casings?

Postby kil2k » Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:25 pm

Hi archiecat. Welcome to the forums!

Where are you located? I get mine from the butchers. Every butcher I've asked has been able to sell me as many as I've desired.

Franco sells them here - http://www.sausagemaking.org/acatalog/Casings.html
And I've also tried the Hog casings from here - http://www.weschenfelder.co.uk/sausage- ... skins.html
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Re: Where to buy hog casings?

Postby johngaltsmotor » Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:47 pm

I've had luck recently with Syracuse Casing Co in New York.
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Re: Where to buy hog casings?

Postby wheels » Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:37 pm

archiecat wrote:Hello, I started making my own sausages a couple of months ago and am pleased with the results so far, the only problem I'm having is sourcing decent quality hog casings, I've tried five suppliers so far with only one ( Bay seller ) being satisfactory but he only sells in very small quantities, if anyone can recommend a supplier where I can purchase good quality casings it would be much appreciated.


Hi archiecat, welcome.

You don't say where you are based on your post. We're a world wide forum, so if you add a location to your details it'll help people give appropriate replies.

What was the problem with the casings from the five suppliers that you tried?

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Re: Where to buy hog casings?

Postby archiecat » Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:11 pm

Hi, many thanks for the replies, I live in Ayrshire Scotland.
I'll try to edit my heading thingy.
I feel a bit dodgy asking a butcher for casings as I buy all my meat etc from supermarkets, I know shame on me!
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Re: Where to buy hog casings?

Postby wheels » Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:54 pm

Either of the two links posted should get you good casings. If they're not: complain.

I'm still concerned about the 5 lots you tried without success though. What was the issue?

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Re: Where to buy hog casings?

Postby yotmon » Fri Oct 23, 2015 12:10 pm

I can recommend these guys, although iv'e never used them for mail order, always called round to collect.

http://www.sausage-casings.co.uk/home.html
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Re: Where to buy hog casings?

Postby archiecat » Fri Oct 23, 2015 1:03 pm

wheels wrote:Either of the two links posted should get you good casings. If they're not: complain.

I'm still concerned about the 5 lots you tried without success though. What was the issue?


Hi Phil, It was 4 suppliers that I was disappointed with, the guy on Ebay supplied a good product that I was very pleased with.
I do understand that hog casings are natural product and as such cannot be totally consistent, however the the ones that that I received from other suppliers have resulted in sausages skins as tough as old boots or so fragile that they burst on filling, and I take a lot of care when I "stuff" my sausages.
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Re: Where to buy hog casings?

Postby kil2k » Sat Oct 24, 2015 6:59 pm

Just remember to keep them wet at all times. I transfer mine from a bowl of water to the nozzle, and dampen them regularly if I'm making more than 1Kg. They can dry out pretty fast, which leads to a lot of splitting [& swearing].
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Re: Where to buy hog casings?

Postby wheels » Sat Oct 24, 2015 7:49 pm

I always soak hogs (pigs) casings overnight and make sure that I get plenty of water inside them. Warm(ish) water for the last half hour or so also helps...

...but for really tender skins, it's sheep's casings all the way.

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Re: Where to buy hog casings?

Postby archiecat » Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:19 am

Many thanks for all the replies and advice.
I will try out the suppliers recomended in the posts.
Right, off to make some Cumberland sausage, my favourite so far!
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Re: Where to buy hog casings?

Postby Ian Wright » Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:26 pm

Hi mate
I get all my stuff from a supplier in airdrie and find him very good to deal with.
Try him tongmaster.co.uk you won't be disappointed
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