How Long Is Smoked Sausage Good For In The Fridge?

Want to know how long smoked sausage can be kept in the fridge? Smoked sausages can be stored in the fridge for 3 to 4 days and in the freezer for 2 to 3 months. If you freeze your smoked sausages, the USDA recommends you use them within one to two months to preserve the quality.

But how long they last depends on how you store them or the smoking process, so we will look at the best pratices.

How Long Is Smoked Sausage Good For In The Fridge?

Smoked sausages can last 3 to 4 days in a fridge, and if they’re vacuum-sealed, they can last six days at 38.7°F.

Additionally, they can last for several months in the freezer. But if you decide to freeze your sausages, remember to use airtight containers to prevent freezer burn.

Sealed smoked sausages that are sealed can stay edible for up to a year in the pantry.

Can You Refrigerate Smoked Sausage?

The USDA recommends that cured sausages, such as pepperoni and salami, be stored unopened at room temperature for up to six weeks. 

You can also store them in the fridge for longer than six weeks if they are in an unopened package or three weeks if they are opened.

If you decide to store them at room temperature, ensure the package is unopened and check occasionally to see if mold and unpleasant odors develop. If they do, discard the sausages right away.

Remember that not dried and cured sausages are perishable, and you should store them in the refrigerator.

Can you Defrost Smoked Sausages Out of The Fridge Overnight?

Leaving frozen sausages out overnight to defrost at room temperature can cause harmful bacteria to grow and lead to a stomachache when consumed.

When you’re ready to use the frozen sausages, leave them on their packaging or place them in a bowl on the lowest shelf of the fridge and wait for them to thaw. 

When you defrost meat in the fridge, it remains at a safe temperature and prevents bacteria growth. 

Is Smoked Sausage Cooked?

Smoked sausage is cooked but may require further cooking.

When purchasing meat from the store, check to see if it’s hot-smoked or cold-smoked to determine whether it’s cooked.

Hot-smoked sausage is ready to eat, while cold-smoked pork requires further cooking. This is because the meat has not been cooked under high heat and temperature.  

How to Store Smoked Sausage?

You can store different types of sausages in the freezer or fridge in airtight plastic containers or dry packaging. You can also store dry smoked sausages for a long time at room temperature.

But once you open them, keep them in the fridge to prevent bacteria growth and preserve quality and taste. Pre-cooked sausages can also be kept in the freezer for one to two months and two weeks in the refrigerator.

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