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ITALIAN SAUSAGES — FRESH, RAW

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Tips
  • How long do raw Italian sausages last in the fridge or freezer? The exact answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — keep Italian sausages refrigerated at all times.
  • How long do raw Italian sausages last after the sell-by date? After Italian sausages are purchased, they may be refrigerated for 1 to 2 days — the "sell-by" date on the package may expire during that storage period, but the Italian sausages will remain safe to use after the sell by date if they has been properly stored.
  • Unopened raw Italian sausages may be kept in its original store packaging when refrigerating; to maximize the shelf life of Italian sausages, do not open the package until ready to use.
  • How long can raw Italian sausages be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; Italian sausages should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • To further extend the shelf life of raw Italian sausages, freeze; when freezing, place Italian sausages in the freezer before the number of days shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed.
  • You can maximize the shelf life of Italian sausages in the freezer by overwrapping the original store packaging with airtight heavy-duty aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper or place the package inside a heavy-duty freezer bag in order to prevent freezer burn.
  • How long do raw Italian sausages last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 1 to 2 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only — Italian sausages that have been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long do raw Italian sausages last after being frozen and thawed? Italian sausages that have been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator before cooking; Italian sausages that were thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be cooked immediately.
  • How long do Italian sausages last in the fridge once they are cooked? Cooked Italian sausages will usually stay good for 3 to 4 days in the fridge and 4 months in the freezer.
  • How to tell if raw Italian sausages are bad? The best way is to smell and look at the Italian sausages: signs of bad Italian sausages are a sour smell, dull color and slimy texture; discard any Italian sausages with an off smell or appearance.

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