How to Properly Remove Sausage Casings | Ontario Pork

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How to Remove Sausage Casings

 Easy steps for the proper way to remove the casings from your sausages.

Below you'll find step-by-step instructions for how to properly remove the casings from your sausages.

Now, you may be tempted to just snip the top off and squeeze the meat out of the casing.  If you do, you may leave some sausage meat behind in the casing.

The proper way is to cut the sausage down the middle and then unravel it - preventing food waste and maximizing flavour! See below.

Step 1: Cut along one side

  • Cut end-to-end lengthwise along one side of the sausage with a sharp paring (small) knife.
  • Don't go too deep! Just deep enough to cut the casing.

Step 1 to removing sausage casings - cut along one side

Step 2: Lift edge

  • Lift the edge of your cut and unravel the sausage from the casing with your fingers.
  • It should roll out as one piece.

    Step 2 to removing sausage casings - lift edge and roll sausage out of casing

Step 3: Break up meat

  • Now, you can break up the sausage meat with your fingers or another kitchen utensil.
  • Discard the leftover casing.

    Step 3 to removing sausage casings - break up meat

And that should be it. Use it in recipes that tell you to use sausage meat or use it as a substitute for ground pork. 

While you're here, we've compiled a few of our popular sausage recipes:

Simple Sausage Chili Recipe Sausage Frittata Recipe Sausage Cornbread Recipe

This article is part of our on-going commitment to make pork cooking information accessible for Ontarians (and the world).

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