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how long does deer meat /deer summer sausage stay good for

Discussion in 'General Hunting & Fishing Discussions' started by nativehunter, May 13, 2013.

  1. nativehunter

    nativehunter Sharpshooter Member

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    i was sitting here eating some jalapeno and cheese summer sausage. i thought to my self i wonder how long this will be good for. Can anyone help with this question.
     
  2. dennishoddy

    dennishoddy Moderator Staff Member Moderator Member

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    If the steaks and burgers are vacuum packed they should be good for several years. I've found some in my freezer that was 2 yrs old, and it was just fine.
    Sausage may be another thing. There are other ingredients in sausage that may not preserve as well. I can't say for sure.
     
  3. TedKennedy

    TedKennedy Sharpshooter Member

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    I've had sausage (made by Siegi's) that lasted well over a year. The brats are always better the fresher they are, but the summer sausage seems to be just as good when it's 1 1/2 years old.

    I just started vacuum packing this year (for steaks and ground), so I'm anxious to see a difference.
     
  4. bgdrhntr

    bgdrhntr Marksman Member

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    As long as it's vacuum packed it's good for 2 years or untill you break the sill on the bag.
     
  5. 300WSM

    300WSM Sharpshooter Member

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    As long as its not freezer burned
     
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    r00s7a Sharpshooter Member

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    Unfortunately the processor I use does not vacuum wrap, so it is just a waxy paper that it is wrapped in. It does not seem to last a year. It will start getting a little dried out after 8 months or so. Not that it stops me from eating it, just starts becoming a bit jerky-like.
     
  7. nativehunter

    nativehunter Sharpshooter Member

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    my ground is just in wax paper but we hardly ever buy ground beef. so it will all be gone this summer and i put the sausage in wax paper then zip lock so it should be god for awhile
     
  8. Oklahomabassin

    Oklahomabassin Sharpshooter Member

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    If you thaw summer sausage and keep in the fridge, quality and life span will depend on if MSG was used in the recipe or not. If it appears suspect, toss it.

    Now for you guys and vac packed stories. I had an elk processed in January and paid extra for it to be vac packed. The man that brought my meat out in the metal wire trays set em down and I was moving packages (wearing cotton gloves because it is not my first time to handle large quantity of frozen food) to one ice chest. The guy proceeds to dump a 2nd and 3rd tray all at once into my 2nd ice chest. The meat was frozen hard. I grabbed a few packages and showed the guy, why I wasn't pleased with him doing that. (Small holes from wire tray etc.) I proceeded to request they vac pack all the meat in that 100qt ice chest again.
     
  9. Oklahomabassin

    Oklahomabassin Sharpshooter Member

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    If you thaw summer sausage and keep in the fridge, quality and life span will depend on if MSG was used in the recipe or not. If it appears suspect, toss it.

    Now for you guys and vac packed stories. I had an elk processed in January and paid extra for it to be vac packed. The man that brought my meat out in the metal wire trays set em down and I was moving packages (wearing cotton gloves because it is not my first time to handle large quantity of frozen food) to one ice chest. The guy proceeds to dump a 2nd and 3rd tray all at once into my 2nd ice chest. The meat was frozen hard. I grabbed a few packages and showed the guy, why I wasn't pleased with him doing that. (Small holes from wire tray etc.) I proceeded to request they vac pack all the meat in that 100qt ice chest again.
     
  10. dennishoddy

    dennishoddy Moderator Staff Member Moderator Member

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    I would too. My processor vac packs everything, no extra charge.
    He said it was amazing how many people came in and insisted on white butcher paper. Mainly elderly folks.
     

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