How to Store Fresh Sausage
Fresh sausage must be consumed or frozen within one to two days of purchase. They can be stored in their original packaging, but refrain from opening the package until you’re ready to cook. The easiest way to tell if a sausage has gone bad is its smell. Discard of anything that smells foul.
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How to Freeze Fresh Sausage
Sausage can be kept in its original packaging, but re-wrapped in aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper to prevent freezer burn. A frozen fresh sausage’s optimal flavor will last one to two months beyond its initial freeze date, though properly packaged sausage can last significantly longer.
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How to Cook Fresh Sausage
To cook sausage in its traditional form (whole and with casing), spray a skillet with cooking spray and set the heat to medium-high. Add the sausages and allow their sides to brown. Continuously flip the sausages with tongs until they are browned evenly. Lower heat to medium-low and carefully had half a cup of water to the skillet. Cover the sausages and allow to simmer in the water for 12 minutes or until the they are cooked through.
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Sausage makes any dish so much more flavorful than just plain ground meat. In this simple recipe for Bolognese sauce, we replace the ground beef with Italian sausage. Serve it with our Caesar Salad recipe, and finish off your Italian-themed dinner with a fluffy, rich dessert like our Ricotta Cheesecake with Passionfruit recipe.
Game plan: Be sure to cook your pasta ahead of time, so it’s ready to mix with the sauce here. Pro tip: Double the recipe and freeze half of the Bolognese sauce for later.
We also recommend our chicken sausage recipes for more hearty pasta dishes.