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Homemade sausage shelf life Question

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by sapper77, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. sapper77

    sapper77 Linn County Active Member

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    I'm planning on making homemade summer sausage using a kit that has all of the seasoning and cure in it. I will be smoking and slowing heating then in the smoker. If they are vacuum sealed, how long can I keep them without refrigeration? The ones you buy in the store Can keep for awhile without refrigeration. Is there really much if a difference between the two?
  2. rocky3

    rocky3 oregon coast Active Member

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    My thought is rancidity. Fat and oil turn quickly at room temperatures. The same as jerky; most commercial jerky makers suggest refrigeration once opened and to use the unopened by the " best date".
    All commercial makers vacuum pack there products using better equipment than what we home makers can get.Best of luck.
  3. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    There is a HUGE difference!!!! The crap from a store is mostly preservatives with some "meat slurry" mixed in. Expect any home processed meats to last maybe a week or two in real cool weather. You might look in to dry canning the summer sausage. I have had this on the list to research and try.
  4. Sabertooth

    Sabertooth Josephine County Active Member

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    What type of summer sausage? Might be better to make a different type of sausage.
    Jerky that is made correctly will last a very long time if kept dry and no bugs.
    Sausage's where a way to storage meat for long periods of time. So do some more research of the subject.
    A lot of foods can be stored. Fermenting, dehydrating, smoking and they do not need a lot of special handling in storage just clean and dry.