Whether homemade or bought too much. The question often arises “Can I freeze sausage and if so, for how long?” In this freezing sausage guide I will explain everything.
The good news first..
Yes you can! In this post, I’ll show you how to freeze sausage.
The right way to freeze sausage
Before we get into the steps, it’s important that your sausage is as fresh as possible when you freeze it. The older the sausage is when you freeze it, the less shelf life it will have later on.
1. Proper portioning
The first thing to do is to portion your sausage properly
The reason for this is simple..
Sausage can be frozen and frozen only once
If you portion it, you can always take out the optimal amount and you don’t throw away sausage unnecessarily
2. Choose the right packaging
To ensure the longest possible shelf life, it is best to freeze your sausage in airtight and well-packaged packaging
Special freezer bags or a vacuum cleaner are suitable for this purpose
3. Do not forget to label
The bigger the freezer, the bigger the chaos.
Labeling makes your life much easier
Always write the name of the sausage and the date on the foil or the bag
That way you always know which sausage it is and how long it has been frozen.
4. Storing & freezing
Depending on the order, you can now put the sausage in the corner you like.
The sausage must be frozen at minus 18 degrees.
Which sausages can be frozen?
In principle, you can freeze any sausage. The only difference is the shelf life.
Do you freeze sliced sausage or in one piece?
Whether in one piece or already sliced makes no difference with the right packaging.
How long can you freeze sausage?
Basically, any sausage can be frozen for a maximum of 3 to 4 months
It doesn’t matter if it’s bratwurst, cold cuts or raw sausages.
However, I recommend that you do not freeze a sausage with a very high fat content (such as salami) for longer than 2 months. The high fat content can cause it to go rancid more quickly
Liver sausage and other spreadable sausages with a high fat content are not suitable for freezing and if so, then for a few days at the most.
Important: Do not refreeze sausages once they have been thawed!
Defrosting frozen sausage correctly
Sausage should never be defrosted at room temperature, as germs could multiply rapidly.
The best way to defrost sausage is to place the frozen sausage in the refrigerator overnight.