Vacuum Seal Johnson Sausage??

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by pureflusher, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. pureflusher

    pureflusher Fire Starter

    Can you vacuum seal Johnson Sausages after they are smoked? I made some cheese for gifts and thougt some sausage would go great.
  2. Johnson sausages? :icon_eek:
    What are you talking about?
    You need to be much more specific to get a good answer.

  3. pureflusher

    pureflusher Fire Starter

    Sorry. Yes the johnsonville sausages
  4. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Safety Guidelines for Vacuum Sealing Food

    If you have  taken proper steps in preparing your food in a clean and uncontaminated environment, then this should not be a problem. However, if there is any question about the safety, then err on the side of caution and do not vacuum pack the food, as you would be creating a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

    Follow these guidelines to properly vacuum seal food:
    1. Vacuum sealing food does not replace the need to pressure can or water bath home canned foods.
    2. Wash hands before and during the vacuum sealing process.
    3. Try not to touch food with your hands. Use clean spoons, tongs or something else to handle the food.
    4. Be sure to keep utensils, cutting boards and counters clean.
    5. Keep vacuum sealed foods in the refrigerator or freezer. Dry food, like crackers and nuts, can be stored at room temperature.
    6. Freeze low-acid vacuum packaged foods and consume immediately after heating. Never heat a low-acid vacuum packaged food and allow it to stand at room temperature in the vacuum package.
    7. Ensure that you do not cross contaminate food.
    8. Properly label food sources with type of food and date packaged.
    9. Ensure the seal is complete and that there is no debris in the seal.

    Which Foods are Safe and How Long Do They Store?

    Shelf life of vacuum packaged foods

    FoodStored InNormal Shelf LifeVacuum Shelf Life
    Large cuts of meat: beef, poultry, lamb and porkFreezer6 months2-3 years
    Ground meat: beef, poultry, lamb and porkFreezer4 months1 year
    FishFreezer6 months2 years
    Coffee beansRoom temperature4 weeks16 months
    Coffee beansFreezer6-9 months2-3 years
    Berries: strawberries, raspberries, blackberriesRefrigerator1-3 days1 week
    Berries: cranberries, huckleberries, blueberriesRefrigerator3-6 days2 weeks
    Cheese - hard, semi-soft and pasteurized cheeses.*Soft cheeses such as Brie, Camembert, Ricotta, Cottage and Teleme MAY NOT be vacuum packagedRefrigerator1-2 weeks4-8 months
    Cookies, crackersRoom temperature (periodically opening)1-2 weeks3-6 weeks
    Flour, sugar, riceRoom temperature6 months1-2 years
    LettuceRefrigerator3-6 days2 weeks
    NutsRoom temperature6 months2 years
    Oils with no preservatives, like safflower, canola, corn oilRoom temperature5-6 months1-1.5 years
    WineRefrigerator1-3 weeks2-4 months

    Above table adapted by Tilia Inc. from Dr. G.K.York, Dept. of Food Science & Tech, U of California, Davis  

    Vaccum sealing food can be a productive way to maintain your food source as well as prolong its shelf life. Ensure that you take the proper steps in handling and storing your  food to reduce the presence of bacteria in your food storage.

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