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Jul 13, 2009 12:08 PM

why would anyone choose to buy skinless sausages?

Isn't part of the pleasure of biting into a sausage the snap that you get from the natural casing skin? What then, would be the attraction of buying skinless ones? Are skinless wieners unchowhoundish?

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  1. Some recipes call for just the meat and so the casing has to removed. It's much simpler to buy the sausage meat in bulk.

    1. Some older people (my parents, not me <VBG>) wear dentures and no casing sausages are easier to chew.

      1. Breakfast sausage patties are caseless.

        They are also a lot easier to make, if so inclined.

        Personally, I don't care, as long as the meat tastes good.

        1. So are you saying that there are uncooked, sausage links that aren't in casings? I've never seen that. Or I don't think I've seen that :)

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          1. re: c oliver

            Yes...I think Farmer Johns makes the caseless breakfast links. I prefer these. I admit, the casing kinda creeps me out. :/

            1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

              You're eating sausage and it's the casing that's creeping you out?! The casing is the only part you can identify for certain.

              1. re: KTinNYC

                Too funny :) And I thought those were already cooked, i.e., brown and serve. No?

                1. re: KTinNYC

                  Just this weekend I listed to a friend, who has never seen/smelled/tasted chitterlings, talk about how gross they are while she was eating a natural casing bratwurst. I held my tongue, but just barely.

                  1. re: KTinNYC

           doesn't creep me out because of what it contains, it creeps me out because it's like chewing on a balloon. Now, pass the chorizo!

                    1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                      There are kinds and degrees of natural casings, some capable of being chewed and others not. The first time I was served Cajun boudin blanc I assumed its casing was edible, and the snarky dude who served it to me (and took my money) chose not to enlighten me. Now, if you've grown up without ever having encountered a casing you were expected to eat, I imagine that the somewhat resistant membrane under your teeth translates in your head as Tough Rubber. As my childhood was not thus deprived, I've learned to tell the difference, and to appreciate that which is merely chewy.

                  2. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                    Don't care about casings one way or another, but those little packs of Farmer Johns breakfast sausage are great! Sometimes they are on sale for as little as $.50/pack, just the right size.

                2. I like the snap that you get with a natural casing sausage or hot dog, but my husband does not - AT ALL! I'll admit that you have to chew a bit more with the natural casing, but I think it's worth it.

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                  1. re: danhole

                    I don't like the snap either. That's why I rarely eat a sausage on a bun. I'd rather have it on a plate and cut it up with a knife.