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Jan 27, 2012 02:49 PM

Sausage Casings

I got a stand mixer for Chanukah (yay!) and with that came with one of my most desired attachments, a meat grinder and sausage stuffer. I love making my own sausages but am tired of free form sausage and want to make tube sausage. Does anyone know where I can by natural casings in the Portland area? Please help I'm in a need of a good sausage and pepper sandwich.

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  1. Pastaworks has them for sure, and I'd bet you ought to be able to get them from places like Laurelhurst Market's meat counter, Chop, and Olympic Provisions.

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    1. re: jeff_pdx

      A follow-up: I made my first batch of homemade sausages this weekend using casings from Pastaworks on Hawthorne. I asked for 10 feet but probably got 20, which at $35/lb cost $8.75. I happened to be at New Seasons the same day, and they sell them for $15/lb. I'll be buying my next batch at New Seasons...

      Also, to correct my earlier suggestion: Olympic Provisions does not sell them retail.

      1. re: jeff_pdx

        Thanks Jeff! I still haven't tried making the sausages yet, a little intimidated, however its getting close to grilling season, so I am going to have to soon, thanks for the New Seasons tip!

        1. re: Rachael5000

          Try these guys, they won't bone you like the New Seasons or Olympic people.

          Whatever you buy, be sure to rinse and run water through the casings.
          You also have the choice of natural or collagen casings. Also bacterial cultures to take that next step.
          My last post was 4 months ago. You need to get off you ass and just grind some meat. It really is fun and tasty.

          Good luck.

          1. re: jmikey

            How do the bacterial cultures take sausage to 'that next step'?

            1. re: pdxgastro

              The cultures produce acids that cure items like salami or lanjaeger.

              1. re: jmikey

                Thanks for the 411. I am used to seeing things like Prosciutto and sausages hanging in a cantina to cure, and I always thought the good air circulation caused it.

      2. There's the Sausage Kitchen, small place
        18893 Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard, Oak Grove, OR 97267

        1. I've actually had good luck asking for them at the meat counter at New Seasons.

            1. re: TraderJoe

              Not to be a schill for them search Amazon for Sausage casings. Both Natural and collagen.
              have fun

            2. You can purchase hog casings (bratwurst sized) from a lot of different places, a "hank" is around 100 feet of casing and is salt packed. As long as you keep them thoroughly salted, they'll last in your fridge for about a year and buying in bulk is definitely the way to go I think a hank cost me something like $20 last time I bought one. Give Gartner's Meat Market a shot for the casings.