DO NOT soak or wet collagen casings. Use them directly from the package. Casings for fresh products SHOULD NOT be used in a smokehouse as they may break. Store unused collagen casing in an airtight container at room temperature.
NOTE: Casings may burst, and that is most often due to processing errors -- cooking too fast or too hot. Casings are somewhat porous, and moisture can escape at only a slow rate. Cooking too fast overwhelms the porosity of the casing, causing a burst. This can happen with even large (5-inch in diameter) fibrous casings, which are among the strongest casings available anywhere. Please be careful to follow proper processing techniques, or call us for help if you are unsure.