Sausage casings online?
I just moved to Calgary from San Francisco. Yes, its cold, but we needed to be around family and sixteen years on temporary visas gets a little depressing. The butcher shops are actually a bright spot - I found foie gras lobes just sitting in the freezer case at Bon Ton for a price about the same as what I saw in SF in specialty shops.
Anyway, I used to order sausage casings from Cabellas or a company in Chicago (and of course I couldn't move my supply up here) to make boudin blanc and weisswurst and the like. I can get them in the short term from various butchers here in Calgary, but I'd like to order a variety in semi-bulk without having to pay for duty. Where can I order sausage casings online in Canada?
I've looked through Google and Yahoo with no luck - there's lots of bulk companies like Unipac, but they don't sell online and I'm doubtful they'd sell me a couple of boxes.
Cabellas, like the outfitter?!? I live at Lake Taho and they recently opened in Reno. I make bulk sausage but haven't messed with casings cause it wasn't easily obtainable. Do they store? I only make about 6# of sausage at a time. I know this doesn't answer YOUR question :) but it might help me :) :) TIA.
How about these guys in BC - http://www.stuffers.com/
There is not a lot of detail in the descriptions but judging by the pricing it looks like what you might get from Cabella's.
How much casing do you consider to be semi-bulk?
Wouldn't one of the butchers bring in casing in sufficient quantity if you ordered ahead of time? Or is it a question of what they would end up charging you?
Correction - Wholesale sports only has the artificial casings; we had fantastic luck yesterday at Atlas Cutler & Butcher supplies on 130th Ave & 97th Street.
More expensive than I was hoping; but you can get about 300 ft of casings for about $40. Very knowledgeable staff there too.