The Best Way to Store Smoked Sausage

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There are a variety of types of smoked sausage, such as kielbasa, bratwurst, chorizo and andouille. You can prepare smoked sausage using several cooking methods, including grilling, pan-frying and baking. Although the meat is smoked, you'll still need to heat them to 165 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid the risk of food-borne illness. You can store smoked sausages, which are perishable, for several weeks or months in your refrigerator or freezer. The best way to store the sausage is by making sure it is in an airtight, moisture-free container.

Things You'll Need

  • Freezer-safe, airtight plastic storage container with a lid
  • Masking or freezer tape
  • Leave unopened smoked sausage wrapped and sealed in its original packaging. Place sausage from an opened package into a rigid, freezer-safe plastic container.

  • Press a lid onto the container to create an airtight seal, which will keep the sausage from drying out or getting freezer burned.

  • Create a convenient storage label by writing the date on a piece of masking or freezer tape and pressing it onto the container.

  • Store unwrapped smoked sausage in a refrigerator for up to two weeks, and sausage in a storage container for up to one week.

  • Store the sausage in a freezer set at 0 degrees Fahrenheit for one to two months.

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