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To freeze summer sausage or not to

streetguy

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Me and a buddy of mine where talking do you have to freeze fully cured and cooked summer sausage? You see it all the time on the shelf in stores. We figured commercial products have preservatives added to help with the shelf life. If vac packed could you store summer sausage in the refrigerator for a year? How about on a shelf in your pantry?
 

JJS

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Freeze it, they add all kinds of preservatives that you didn’t to keep it on the shelf for months. I have gone a month in the fridge with summer sausage, not willing to be all F’d up to test the shelf life of a few dollars worth of meat.
 

Steve H

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I freeze mine. I had some the other day that was in the freezer for 2 months. No problem.
 

crazymoon

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I've gone 6-7 months in the fridge and it's fine, if it has cheese 3-4 months.
 

forvols

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I have done frozen 6-9 months on batches I have made using commercial summer sausage seasoning kits (cure included) before the sausage was all used up. Each chunk tasted as good as the first. Even had high temp cheddar and jalepeno still very good after 9mths of being vac sealed and frozen.
 

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I freeze anything that won't be eaten in a short time
 

archeryrob

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I have cure added to mine and had one in the fridge for two months and the fat seems to break down a bit. Not bad but I could tell and it doesn't do that in he freezer.
 

Bearcarver

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I Vac Pack & freeze everything I Smoke if it's gonna be around longer than 5 or 6 days, except Cheese---> Fridge only.

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