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May 14, 2007 12:27 PM

Do Kosher Sausage Casings Exist?

I've been trying for the better part of the last year to buy kosher sausage casings (edible) and all I keep coming up with is Devro. Unfortunately, my phone calls/emails have gone unanswered, and I'm not really interested in purchasing 1000+ casings from a commercial vendor. I'm just looking to make my own sausages this summer to grill, and would love to hear suggestions on where to find casings. I've checked with a few butchers in Manhattan and have basically been told that they don't exist (one such butcher sells their own "sausages" which resemble frozen logs of ground beef). Are kosher casings a cullinary urban legend, or do I just need to buy 1000 of them at a time?

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  1. Try Glatt Mart. I know they make their own sausages (which are quite good, btw) so maybe they can either point you at their supplier or sell you some of their supply.

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    1. re: zsero

      I can second that... we ate them with dinner tonight and they were yummy. Also in edible casings.

    2. Gourmet Glatt in Cedarhurst also makes their own sausages. Maybe they have casings as well.

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      1. Eat Kasha...have you found casings yet? I am looking for some as my husband want to make his own kosher spicy sausages too? If we find them, let's post replies..OK?

        1. Cellulose casings are an option. My grandmother use to use kosher veal casings but I don't know where you would find them.

          1. BS"D

            I don't know about sources of casings, but you don't need casings to make good sausages in a grill or smoker. I made garlic sausages and hot sausages from each of ground veal and ground beef, and smoked them on the grate of my smoker, and they tasted great as an accompaniment to a Shabbos meal of smoked meats (although as first-time sausages, there was room to perfect the recipes). Casings would have added "snap" to the texture, but would not have resulted in something which would have smoked better or would have been easier to produce than these casing-less sausages. So my advice is not to let lack of casings get in the way of your summertime sausage grilling.

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            1. re: ganeden

              There is a company called Devro,that says that it makes kosher sausage casings. They make the sausage casings in Australia. The company may have an American distributor.


              1. re: jeterfan


                EatKasha already knows that, as stated in the original post. The problem seems not to be access to the distribution channels, but rather the lack of desire to purchase commercial quantities of Devro casings for what is basically hobby production for personal use.

                1. re: ganeden

                  not really adding much here, but from someone who doesn't keep a kosher diet, i find the glatt mart sausages to be excellent...

              2. re: ganeden

                They hold the fat and juices in as well. I usually do my sausages without casings.