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Sausage Shelf Life
Pantry/ Refrigerator/ Freezer Bologna and Frankfurters, unopened - - 2 weeks 1-2 months Bologna and Frankfurters, opened - - 3-7 days - - Dry Smoked Sausage (e.g. Pepperoni, Jerky, Dry Salami), unopened 1 year - - - - Semi-Dry Sausage (e.g. Summer Sausage) - - 2-3 weeks 6 months Smoked Sausage (e.g. Mettwurst) - - 1 week 1-2 months Smoked Breakfast Sausage Links, Patties - - 1 week 2 months Fresh Sausage - - 1-2 days 1-2 months Dry Smoked Sausage (e.g. Pepperoni, Jerky, Dry Salami), opened - - 1 month - -
Hot dogs can be boiled, broiled, braised, baked, grilled, fried, or steamed in beer or any other liquid.
When cooking hot dogs or sausages, don't puncture them. (Use tongs, not a fork, to handle them.) Puncturing them results in some juices leaking out, and that makes the product tough and dry.