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The Shelf Life of Dry Sausages

There is a deli not to far from me that stocks nice Italian style dry sausages. They look and taste delicious.  I have noticed that he always has them hanging up without refrigeration. I have not been able to get a straight answer as to how long the sausage will store, but I have talked to people who claim it will store for several years.

Dried sausages have been around for thousands of years as a way to preserve meat. The problem with going back to these old-time recipes is that we don’t always know what changes have been made in the recipes in the name of quicker and easier production.…

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Freezer Burned Meat: What Do You Do With It?

Freezer Burned MeatWell, today is cleaning the freezer day. It’s been a while since this has been done, and believe me, it was due. I don’t know why we insist on saving the last drop of gravy or a few spoonfuls of vegetables, but we do. Very often they are freezer burned and unusable by the time we find them again.

What is freezer burn and why does it happen?

Freezer burn is a major culprit in frozen food becoming unpalatable. It will set in if:

  • Your freezer temperature fluctuates.
  • Food wasn’t stored in freezer-safe containers.
  • Food is left in longer than it should be.
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Storing meat without refrigeration

For most of history man has had to exist without refrigeration.  Today we are so dependent on our refrigerators, that most of us don’t have much understanding of how long common foods keep without it.

Take meat for example, country cured ham, dry cured in salt, smoked and aged form 3 months to a year keep practically indefinitely.  Since it has lost a lot of its water content it is essentially concentrated ham.  Just be sure that the hams you find are real country cured and not some imitation.

Hard salamis and other cured sausages are long lasting. Slab or side bacon, smoked with rind left on will keep for long periods. …

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