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Freezing with cure?

Bg1

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Hello all! (First post)
My few attempts at smoked venison sausage have been small 5-10 lb batches as I try to figure it out. Basically enough for a family meal and freeze a few for later.
My smoker is too small and time limited to grind up, stuff, and smoke 20 or more lbs in a couple consecutive days.

I want to make in bulk and freeze raw (vaccume seal), to slow smoke small batches later.
Does anyone here freeze raw sausage with cure mixed in without first smoking it? Does it affect anything taste or safety wise?
Thanks!
 

smokerjim

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Welcome to smf , I dont think flavor would be affected but not sure about the safety part, I'm sure some of the experts will chime in , if not I would PM chefjimmy he is great at getting back to us. Good luck
 

Bearcarver

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Welcome to smf , I dont think flavor would be affected but not sure about the safety part, I'm sure some of the experts will chime in , if not I would PM chefjimmy he is great at getting back to us. Good luck

Yup---This is a good one for chef jimmyj chef jimmyj or daveomak daveomak .
It came out a few times in the past, but I forgot what the final decision was. (CRS)

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daveomak

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Hello all! (First post)
My few attempts at smoked venison sausage have been small 5-10 lb batches as I try to figure it out. Basically enough for a family meal and freeze a few for later.
My smoker is too small and time limited to grind up, stuff, and smoke 20 or more lbs in a couple consecutive days.

I want to make in bulk and freeze raw (vaccume seal), to slow smoke small batches later.
Does anyone here freeze raw sausage with cure mixed in without first smoking it? Does it affect anything taste or safety wise?
Thanks!
Bg1, morning... Please log into "ROLL CALL" and introduce yourself.....

 

chef jimmyj

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Welcome Bg1...With proper handling, keeping everything clean and cold, there is no Safety issue adding Cure #1 to sausage and freezing to be smoked later. Mix your batch and stuff casing or bulk pack and freeze. It is best to thaw under refrigeration and limit batches to what you will use in 6 months. Over time, Frozen sausage can lose flavor...JJ
 

Bg1

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Welcome Bg1...With proper handling, keeping everything clean and cold, there is no Safety issue adding Cure #1 to sausage and freezing to be smoked later. Mix your batch and stuff casing or bulk pack and freeze. It is best to thaw under refrigeration and limit batches to what you will use in 6 months. Over time, Frozen sausage can lose flavor...JJ
Thank you JJ and all. My intro posted on roll call.
Take care!
 

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