Tip of the Day
This time of year, a variety of sausages like bratwurst, Polish sausage and Italian sausage are hitting our grills. Sausage may seem easier to handle from a food safety standpoint than say, ground meat or raw chicken, but proper food safety is just as important when dealing with fresh sausage.
- When buying fresh sausage, always look for the "safe food handling" label on packages. The label indicates that the sausage has been processed safely and will give you tips for proper food-handling and cooking.
- Make sure the sausage is tightly wrapped.
- Select sausage and other meats after shopping for non-perishables and ask to have them bagged separately from other groceries.
- Use fresh sausage stored in the refrigerator within two days of purchase.
- Freeze sausage in freezer-safe wrap at or below 0° F.
- Eat or freeze cooked sausage within 3 to 4 days.
- With a food thermometer, ensure sausage has been cooked to 160° F.
- Cooked sausage should not be left unrefrigerated for more than two hours.
Visit HomeFoodSafety.org for more information on how to safely select, store and prepare fresh sausage and other grilling favorites.
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Reviewed May 2013