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Can you freeze sausages? – When and How to Freezing Sausages

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How can you freeze sausages? When and what types can be frozen? The basic principle is that any food can be frozen. It also applies to sausage.


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Freezing Sausages

Freezing Sausages
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You should always have certain foods available at home. It includes fresh cold cuts. Different types of sausages can enrich meals, such as breakfast and dinner. You can also freeze them so that they keep longer.

You can freeze sausage without any problems if you pay attention to a few small details. It is best to pack the sausages in portions in a deep-freezable fresh food box or a clean food bag and seal the packaging carefully. 

Please create a note of the date and contents on it, as the sausage can be getting kept for a maximum of four months at minus 18 degrees Celsius.

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Sliced sausage, ham, and pies can also be frozen accordingly. Especially unopened packages are suitable for more extended storage in the freezer. 

With free goods, it is best to separate the individual slices with a piece of foil. It makes it easier to divide the slices after defrosting. 

With liver sausages, however, the consistency may suffer somewhat after freezing. Once defrosted, you should never freeze the sausage again.


Which types of sausage can be frozen?

Which types of sausage can be frozen
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You can freeze any cold cuts. You have a free choice of sorts. 

For example, beer ham, ham sausage, boiled ham, mortadella, lyoner, and salami can be getting placed in the freezer, but you should keep the varieties you want to freeze as cold cuts separate. 

To have fresh cold cuts available, you can defrost the sausage in the fridge. Its best done overnight. 

If you want to use the microwave, you should set the defrost level and defrost the sausage at short intervals.


What you have to consider when freezing sausage?

What you have to consider when freezing sausage
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The sausage must be well packed before freezing. Already packaged or shrink-wrapped sausage, such as those available in supermarkets, meets this requirement. 

You can put it directly into the freezer when the packaging is still getting closed. Freshly bought cold cuts should be getting portioned, the slices separated by foil and placed in a freezer bag, which must be well sealed, or in a new food storage box. 

You should also label each package with the date and type of sausage. What you have frozen last must be at the bottom, and what is to be getting consumed next belongs at the top.


When Freezing sausage, you should pay attention to this.

When Freezing sausage, you should pay attention to this.
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  • The labeling of the individual portions is a bit of a hassle – but it is advisable. Write down the date and the year. For this purpose, use a foil pen that can withstand the cold.
  • Small, self-adhesive labels that you write on with a ballpoint pen are also a good idea. The investment is worthwhile, as you are always up to date about freshness and shelf life.
  • Packages should be getting sealed as airtight as possible; otherwise, there is a risk of freezer burn due to oxygen supply. Portioned individual packaging is also suitable here. Here, it is sufficient to note the date on the box.
  • Sausage is best frozen in small portions. Use proper freezer bags and not the thin films in which sausage is often getting packed at the butchers. Even paper has no place in the freezer.
  • If you have food cans that are suitable for freezing, you can, of course, use them. Always separate the sausage in one piece into portions. It has the benefit that you don’t have to defrost the whole package if you need some sausage.


Freezing spreadable and sliced sausage

Freezing spreadable and sliced sausage
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  • All spreadable sausages can lose some of their flavors when frozen because the fat content is usually very high. Sausages with high-fat content should also not be left frozen for so long. It is because fat does not freeze so well and can quickly acquire a bland aftertaste.
  • Ask the butcher how long the sausage has been getting stored. Properly frozen, sausage can be getting kept in the freezer for about four months. However, you will usually have to cut back on the taste after defrosting. If you can eat it fresh, you always prefer this way.
  • If the butcher does not vacuum the sausage, ask for this option when you buy it – or do it yourself.
  • Or you can buy immediately packed sausage. The advantage: The expiry date is already getting written on it. Otherwise, proceed as described for the whole sausages: Divide individual slices with a foil, if this is not yet so.


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Sausages, ham, and pies can also be frozen. In the case of liver sausage, however, the consistency may suffer somewhat. 

Always defrost sausage products and meat in the refrigerator to prevent excessive germ formation. 

Do not refreeze defrosted products. By the way: bacteria are not getting killed by freezing.


FAQ Freezing Sausages

What is the shelf life of frozen sausage?

Freezing sausage for a long time can harm the taste. This is no problem for a few weeks. Freeze raw sausage for a maximum of two to three months. Boiled sausage has a slightly longer shelf life, four months is no problem here.

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How long does sausage keep in the fridge?

Once the package has been opened, the cold sausage cuts made of boiled and meat sausage can be filed in the fridge for up to three days, salami for up to five days. However, this information can only serve as a guide.

What is the best way to store sausage in the fridge?

The optimal place in the fridge. Meat sausage, beer ham, Lyoner, and similar varieties should not be stored for more than three days. Salami stays fresh for about five days. Beef can be put in the fridge for up to four days.

At what temperature should sausage be stored?

Salami or ham can be stored at a maximum temperature of 15 degrees in a dry place. Here it is crucial to ensure sufficient air circulation, so it is best to store the sausages hanging.

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