Asked by: Vesselin Rosendorn
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Do I remove sausage casing before cooking?

Last Updated: 23rd February, 2020

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Casing removal should only really be necessary when you just want the sausage meat itself. The casings are perfectly edible. If you're finding them chewy, I'd suggest roasting them, you that they fry a little in the fat that renders out, which should crisp them up nicely.

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Also, do you have to remove the casing from Italian sausage?

Sausage casing is the "skin" that wraps the outside of the sausage. Yes, you eat it, it's part of the sausage. You would only remove them if you're trying to crumble/break up sausage.

Subsequently, question is, do you remove casing from breakfast sausage? The easiest way to remove a sausage casing is to remove it while the sausage is uncooked. Casings can be removed easily with a simple knife. Cut sausage end to end with the tip of a knife. The cut should be shallow enough to pierce the casing—don't cut all the way through the sausage.

Also, are you supposed to eat sausage casing?

Yes. All sausage casings are safe to eat. If it is a natural casing it is truly edible, and intended to be eaten. If it is a plastic casing, well I wouldn't recommend it, and you probably won't do it twice, it but it should be medically safe for a healthy adult so long as you don't choke on it.

Do you take the casing off of bratwurst?

They are commonly used to stuff Italian sausage, smoked sausage, bratwurst and pork sausage. While less tender than sheep casings, hog casings are usually consumed with the sausage. Beef casings, however, are the toughest of the natural casings and are usually peeled off the product after cooking.

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