Looking for opinion on keeping summer sausage.

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by shortend, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. shortend

    shortend Meat Mopper

    How long do you believe it would be safe to keep vacuum sealed, cured, smoked and fully cooked summer sausage in the fridge before having to freeze it?

  2. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    2 weeks, then eat or freeze. If you vac seal and freeze right away it will stand ok for a year.
  3. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Summer sausage can be kept 3 months Vacuum sealed and in the refrigerator.......... 
    Sausage Storage Chart
    Type of SausageRefrigerator - UnopenedRefrigerator - After OpeningFreezer
    Fresh Sausage, uncooked1 to 2 days unopened or opened1 to 2 days unopened or opened1 to 2 months
    Fresh Sausage, after cooking by consumer(not applicable)3 to 4 days2 to 3 months
    Hard/Dry SausageWhole, 6 weeks in pantry; indefinitely in refrigerator.3 weeks1 to 2 months
    Hot Dogs and other Cooked Sausage2 weeks7 days1 to 2 months
    Luncheon Meats2 weeks3 to 5 days1 to 2 months
    Summer Sausage (Semi-dry)3 months3 weeks1 to 2 months

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  4. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Have had sausage/bologna/sticks in the freezer for a year with no freezer flavor. But then again i use Trehalose which most people dont.
  5. shortend

    shortend Meat Mopper

    Boykjo, thanks for the chart.
    Good, thanks again.  I've got a batch going right now, some w/ high temp cheese. Just didn't want to risk getting any mushy cheese by having to freeze. Need for next weekend. 
    OK, I'll bite. (Is this a "reel the rookie in for one", thing here?) What the heck is Trehalose?  LOL

  6. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hahahahhaha I wondered what the heck it was too.

    I googled it as "trehalose for sausage"...

    Very nice.. it's a sugar that keep the moisture put and does things with the flavor...It is an LEM product..check it out.

  7. shortend

    shortend Meat Mopper

    Whew, thanks Craig, I thought I was on the other end of a nepas rookie hook there! LOL


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