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Does dried Chinese sausage ever go bad?

RealMenJulienne Nov 21, 2013 09:15 AM

I happened upon some dried sweet Chinese sausage in the fridge when i was looking for fried rice ingredients. Not sure how old it is, several months at least. No visible mold or off smells. This is the type of sausage that hangs out in the unrefrigerated open air in Chinatown markets before being sold.

Has anyone ever had this stuff go bad?

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  1. bobabear RE: RealMenJulienne Nov 21, 2013 09:16 AM

    If it doesn't have visible mold or off smells, it should be okay. I always give them a boil for a few minutes before using them. Do that & then slice off a piece to try to make sure the taste is still good.

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      ricepad RE: RealMenJulienne Nov 21, 2013 11:43 AM

      I have NEVER had lop cheung go bad. Ever. They tend to shrivel more as they get older, but I suspect the high salt content keeps them from spoiling.

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        RealMenJulienne RE: ricepad Nov 21, 2013 11:49 AM

        Interesting, what about the wetter Chinese sausages that come in a vacuum sealed package? Once the seal is broken do they last a long time too?

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          ricepad RE: RealMenJulienne Nov 21, 2013 11:56 AM

          Yeah, a long, LONG time. They're really not all that wet. Moist, perhaps. I had some in the bottom of my fridge that I discovered that may have been a couple of years old. The package had been opened, and they were stored in a zip-top bag. Tasted fine, although they were quite a bit firmer than fresher sausages.

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        iowan515 RE: RealMenJulienne Nov 21, 2013 11:46 AM

        A few months to a year is more than okay. I found a package in my back-up fridge that was 4 years old. It smelled pretty rank and went in the trash.

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          Puffin3 RE: iowan515 Nov 21, 2013 12:44 PM

          four years may be a bit too long.' Love them in Lo mai gai!

        2. Chemicalkinetics RE: RealMenJulienne Nov 23, 2013 01:44 AM

          <some dried sweet Chinese sausage in the fridge when i was looking for fried rice ingredients>

          It is fine.

          1. RealMenJulienne RE: RealMenJulienne Nov 25, 2013 07:43 AM

            Thanks for the advice everyone. The fried rice was good and nobody died, always a good outcome.

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              Chemicalkinetics RE: RealMenJulienne Nov 25, 2013 08:50 AM

              <The fried rice was good and nobody died>

              It is always good to know, especially for the latter.

            2. LotusRapper RE: RealMenJulienne Nov 25, 2013 06:17 PM

              Sounds fine, it's been embalmed with 'nuff salt and preservatives to last awhile. Esp. since you had them in the fridge. I keep a packet or two in the crisper most of the time (saran-wrapped around original package) and they last.

              Mmmmm, lap cheung fried rice ! :-D

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