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    Freezing Sausages Question

    I usually just cut my game into roasts and the trimmings into ground. But we eat a lot of sausages.

    Questions:

    1) how long do your game sausages last in the freezer?
    2) would it be better to get them made up in batches - freeze some meat and get a new batch of sausage made up in, say, February?

    Thanks

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    Re: Freezing Sausages Question

    We do 30 pounds at a time so they usually get eaten in 3 to 4 months.

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    Re: Freezing Sausages Question

    If you use a freezer bag vacuum (foodsaver) it really extends their life in the freezer
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    Re: Freezing Sausages Question

    Hmmm couple suggestions
    When making sausage use ice in the water, cold water for soaking hog casings overnight.
    Once sausages are made use a poke pin to allow any trapped air to escape.
    I use a vacutainer and 4mm bags ..chambersealer..
    Check all bags in 1 month for any frost on inside of bag..that one didnt seal..use first.
    With those in mind I have had sausage last 24 months.
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    Re: Freezing Sausages Question

    Good advice above . Also for thought ! You can take frozen meat from the freezer and make sausages form them and then refreeze once sausages are made up . Let the meat defrost in a fridge at safe cold temperatures just above freezing,this is called Tempuring . Meat is best ground at cold temps to prevent fat smearing. Also if you have the room the grinder parts can be cold before using . If you have a cold place to do the processing of the sausages even better !
    Arctic Lake

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    Re: Freezing Sausages Question

    Had some (130 pounds) of mixed game sausages made up at a Kamloops butcher but eating that much sausage makes you kind of tired of it so Id say small batches are better but hey, 4 years later, still good!!

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    Re: Freezing Sausages Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Arctic Lake View Post
    Good advice above . Also for thought ! You can take frozen meat from the freezer and make sausages form them and then refreeze once sausages are made up . Let the meat defrost in a fridge at safe cold temperatures just above freezing,this is called Tempuring . Meat is best ground at cold temps to prevent fat smearing. Also if you have the room the grinder parts can be cold before using . If you have a cold place to do the processing of the sausages even better !
    Arctic Lake
    Hmmm yes the worm gear and housing, plates and grinder knives get placed into freezer for couple hours..so meat doesnt warm up while processing..great point.
    Srupp

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