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bratwurst shelf life

apatel15212 Dec 3, 2012 05:44 PM

i bought a package of fresh (uncooked) bratwurst last weekend. since i have purchased them, i have kept them in the fridge not freezer. the sell by date is dec 9. are they okay to eat?

  1. applgrl Dec 3, 2012 07:04 PM

    If they pass the smell test and don't have an odd greeny/grey colour, then cook them as you like, but poke an instant-read thermometer in before you eat them . Cook them to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, since it is a ground meat product. Alternately push them out of their casings and use them in a meat loaf, spaghetti sauce, or other long-cooked/boiled recipe.

    1. biggreenmatt Dec 3, 2012 05:55 PM

      First: when in doubt, throw it out.

      Second: was it this past weekend (I.e.: yesterday) or the weekend before? If it's the latter, I'd be concerned.

      Third: are there nitrates or nitrites in the sausage? If so, they're cured or semi-cured and will last much longer than simple "fresh" sausage.

      1. SWISSAIRE Dec 3, 2012 05:50 PM


        In the freezer they should be fine for 6 months.

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        1. re: SWISSAIRE
          apatel15212 Dec 3, 2012 05:52 PM

          i did not freeze. them sell by date is dec 9 so i have a few more days. but now i am worried because i read meat does not keep in the fridge

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