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Dry Sausage Storage?

doberlady Jul 3, 2009 04:25 PM

It's been so humid and wet in my area for weeks now and someone just gave us a beautiful big dried italian sausage. What is the best way to store it so it will not become soft and mushy?


  1. Bumstead Jul 3, 2009 07:11 PM

    My grandfather used to smoke soprasatta and each year we would visit and bring home about a dozen sticks. My dad had a huge ceramic crock in the basement that was filled with olive oil and he stored the sausage in that.

    1. Cheese Boy Jul 3, 2009 09:26 PM

      Put it in the fridge in a paper bag. There it will dry further, and will certainly not get mushy. The opposite will happen. If you like it somewhat softer, wrap it in foil before placing it in the fridge. I'm not partial to the oil technique, sorry.

      2 Replies
      1. re: Cheese Boy
        doberlady Jul 4, 2009 04:06 AM

        cheeseboy- thanks.

        1. re: doberlady
          Zeldog Jul 4, 2009 06:18 PM

          You didn't say what type of sausage, but if it's white on the outside that's a beneficial penicillium mold that was deliberately added and will protect against nasty green or black molds. If it has a plain dried casing and happens to develop some white mold, don't panic. Let it go or rub the sausage down with a little vinegar. Black or green mold is a bad sign. Time for major surgery or disposal if it gets really bad.

          As Cheese Boy says, just put it in the fridge, covered with foil if you like. I never heard of storing cured meats in oil. Sounds like an invitation to botulina if the meat was cured without nitrates.

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