I need some help with reused casing.
I used a high mountain sausage kit about a month ago. The 1" or so casing came dried and covered in salt. I soaked it in warm water and then ran water through the inside of the casing to make it easier to slide on the horn. After extruding about a 36" long piece of sausage, I cut the casing and tied a knot in the end(not typical but it works). Then I simply twisted out links at 6"-7" sections and every thing worked perfect. When I was finished, I put the unused wet casing in a plastic bag and kept them in the refrigerator.
So... last night I took the reused casing out and did the same thing as I did a month ago. Except this time the casing ripped rather than twisting. It extruded and expanded fine but this time when I went to twist the links, it ripped. I tried lubing it with warm water after the extrusion but that didn't work.
I still have about 3ea 36" extrusions that I would like to twist down into smaller links but I'm not sure thats a good idea after being in the fridge overnight.
Do you guys have any tips on how to make it easier to twist out links with reused casing? How do you twist your casing?
Thanks ahead of time!