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Aug 22, 2006 03:37 PM

how long does summer sausage last?

I was always under the impression that summer sausage/ beef stick kinds of things were preserved types of food and could last a long time in the fridge, but a friend recently told me that a week or 10 days was about max. is this true?

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  1. USDA says three months unopened in the fridge and three weeks opened in the fridge.
    See link:

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    1. re: JMF

      very nice link -thank you very much.
      I'm actually surprised how short some of the times are since these sausages are usually left unrefridgerated in a grocery store for what I have to imagine would at least be a couple weeks

      1. re: JMF

        Depends on the type of Summer Sausage, I think. IMHO Ontario, specifically Waterloo County, Summer Sausage is superior to American Summer Sausage. I'm rather certain that it's smoked longer which I would imagine would translate into it staying fresh longer. Certainly my parents have kept it around open for longer than 3 weeks. My Dad's Ontario PA Dutch, so he knows what he's doing. Heck, even when it dries out, he'll still throws it into soup. :)

        1. re: Ivriniel

          Last time I went to the market in St Jacob's I bought the more expensive "dry" variety of Mennonite Summer Sausage, which they told me was aged longer. It was absolutely delicious. I realize leaving it hanging around your fridge and aging are not necessarily the same thing though!

        1. Depends on the type of Summer Sausage I imagine. Noah Martin's Summer Sausage Company says it lasts indenfinately if stored in the fridge.

          But I don't think American Summer Sausage is smoked as long as Ontario Summer Sausage.

          1. I used to work at Loblaws deli and we were told to recommend to customers to consume sliced deli products with 3-5 days. Mainly because they dry out. If you leave a thin slice out, you'll notice it deteriorate and become oily within a day.
            If the meat is unsliced, it lasts much longer, but there should be a best before label on it.