Summer sausage left at room temp

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by ironhorse07, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. Maybe you curing experts could give me a hand. I made some quick 1 lb. summer sausage chubs and smoked cheese for family this Christmas, 85/15 gb, Leggs mix, cure added, stuffed, smoked and vacuum packed. Now my nephew asked me last  night if needs to be refrigerated, yes it should I said, he said it had been left on the counter in the gift bag all week. I have been searching around and can't find the answer if this would still be edible. I am not sure how the nitrite breakdown is affected by the vacuum packing. I think it should be fine but just to make sure, and maybe get enlightened some....

    Thanks,

    Doug
     
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Should not be an issue if an IT above 150 was attained. Mail order, Figi's, Harry and David, ship summer sausage without ice...JJ
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2016
  3. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    yep you should be fine I did Snack sticks for a buddy last yr same set up as yours and he left them on the counter week or better,,,said had a little mold on the outside but he just wiped the mold off and I am making him another batch today,,,Never got sick one bit 

    DS,,,,BTW I chewed his but about it and now they go straight to the fridge 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker 

    DS 
     

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