After Thursday Blog about Jalapeno Cheddar Bratwurst, I recieved a bunch of emails regarding sausage casings and where to get them. FYI- I started to make my own sausages a couple of months back after receiving the sausage making attachment for my Kitchen Aid Mixer, and also after taking a sausage making class at the local Sur La Table. After learning how to make sausages I wanted to make my own all of the time. The only problem, where does one get natural sausage casings. I had no idea. I searched for hours.
There are two main sources, local sources and internet sources. If you are in a pinch or need casings tomorrow use the local sources. The one caviat is that local sources cost a whole lot more. If you have a couple of days, I would definately order them online.
- Butcher shops that make their own sausages. The butcher will gladly sell you a couple of feet of casings. The one problem is that most mega marts don’t make their own sausages, so you need to call around or find a butcher shop.
- Gander Mountain (if you live in or around a city).
- Bass Proshop (if you live in or around a city).
- Most outdoor and hunting shops sell them too.
- Syracuse Casing Company – They make their own casings so they are fresh. Plus they put the casings on tubes before salting for easy cleaning and mounting onto your sausage horn.
I recommend the Syracuse Casing Company. They ship fast and provide a fine product. The other companies online might give a better deal, but they are just reselling a product made and packaged by another company. If you want to go cheap here are a list of other sites.