Can you cook frozen sausage?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “can you cook frozen sausage” with an in-depth analysis of whether or not you can cook frozen sausage. Moreover, we are going to discuss the proper way to freeze and thaw sausage.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

Can you cook frozen sausage?

Yes, you can cook frozen sausage. The particular method that you want to use to cook your sausage depends upon your personal preference as you can grill, fry or oven bake your frozen sausage.

It takes about 10 minutes to cook frozen sausage in a frying pan while it can take about 20 to 25 minutes to properly bake sausages in the oven. It takes about 15 minutes to cook the frozen sausage on the preheated grill. One thing to keep in mind is that you should cook the sausage thoroughly till its internal temperature reaches about 160 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

To properly cook the frozen sausage, you should start cooking it at a low temperature and increase the temperature gradually (but make sure that the temperature won’t be lower than 350 degrees Fahrenheit for safety concerns). Moreover, you should rotate it more often to ensure even heating. If you cook frozen sausage at a very high temperature then there are chances that your sausage will be overcooked at the surface while it will still be undercooked in the center.

The proper way to freeze sausage

You can easily store the sausage by wrapping it in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and afterward putting it in the plastic freezer bag or heavy-duty freezer container before storing it in the freezer to protect your sausage from freezer burns.

Moreover, to preserve the quality of the sausage for quite a long time you can opt for vacuum sealing it which is quite effective in prolonging its shelf life.

Vacuum sealing involves the process of putting the sausage in a plastic zipper bag, removing air from it, and almost sealing the bag with a little space left while lowering it into water. Afterward, press out the bubbles from the bag starting from the bottom of the bag and once you reach the sealed end, you should press the seal closed. 

The reason behind doing vacuum sealing is to ensure that there is minimum air present in the plastic zipper bag with the sausage. As air has moisture and oxygen in it that favors bacterial growth, so by removing air, sausage can retain its freshness for a long time.

It is a good practice to divide the sausage into portions or serving sizes that you generally need. By doing so you will be able to just thaw the number of sausages that you need while the rest of the sausages can stay in the freezer untouched. Thus keeping the sausage in the freezer will increase its shelf life considerably owing to the cool temperature of the freezer that halts the bacterial growth on the sausage.

It is worth mentioning that the time for which sausage stays good in the freezer depends upon various factors like the fat content of sausage, and the freshness of sausage at the time it is stored in the freezer.

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The proper way to thaw sausage

When it comes to thawing sausage, there are a couple of ways to do so and you can choose any of them depending upon your choice.

  1. The recommended way to thaw the frozen sausage is to leave it in the refrigerator overnight and let it thaw there. The sausage thawed this way can be kept in the fridge for 1-2 days before cooking and eating it.
  1. You can thaw the frozen sausage in a bowl of cold water but you should cook it immediately after thawing. 
  1. If you are thawing the sausage in the oven or microwave it is recommended to cook it immediately. 

The reason behind cooking the sausage immediately after thawing it in a cold water bowl or microwave is that when you warm the sausage using these methods, the temperature at the surface of the sausage gets higher than that of 40 degrees Fahrenheit before the core temperature can become 40 degrees Fahrenheit and it can thaw completely and that’s when the bacteria can start to grow on the surface rapidly.

Therefore it is advised to cook such thawed sausage immediately until its internal temperature reaches 160 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Because it is only by cooking the sausage properly that we can get rid of the bacteria completely.

You can read different ways to cook frozen sausage here.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “can you cook frozen sausage” with an in-depth analysis of whether or not you can cook frozen sausage. Moreover, we discussed the proper way to freeze and thaw sausage.

Citations

https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-techniques/preparation/cooking-frozen-meat
https://www.livestrong.com/article/449810-how-to-cook-frozen-sausages/

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.