Yes, you can! But don’t just toss those sausages into the freezer and hope they freeze well. There’s a little more to it. Below, we have outlined the right approach to take when it comes to freezing sausages. Beyond that, we’ve gone further answering your questions on freezing, defrosting and refreezing sausages – so keep reading.
Use the table of contents below to navigate through this article to answer some of the most common questions people have when it comes to freezing sausages:
How To Freeze Sausages
This is the method you should take if you want to freeze uncooked, raw, sausages. If you have cooked sausages or just have sausage meat then scroll a little further down the page for details on how to go about freezing these.
- First, you need to decide on the portion sizes you want to use. Consider how many sausages you would normally cook for a meal and settle on this as the portion size. If the sausages you’re looking to freeze are in that portion size then you can actually place the unopened packet straight into the freezer and you’re done.
- If you need to portion out your sausages, remove them from the packet and place into thick freezer bags.
- Seal the bags up, squeezing out as much of the air as possible.
- Place the bags into the freezer.
Can You Freeze Sausage Meat?
Having sausages is one thing but sausage meat is an altogether more useful ingredient to have in the kitchen. It’s perfect for pasta sauces, delicious when stir-fried with noodles and essential for sausage rolls. The good news is that yes, you can freeze sausage meat. But how should you go about doing so:
Before you get to freezing your sausage meat, you’ll be handling raw meat so make sure you get a few things out and ready. You’ll want a roll of foil, scissors and thick freezer bags. Ready? Then follow these instructions:
- Remove the sausage meat you have bought from the packaging. It will usually come in large portions which won’t be suitable to freeze in one block.
- Cut your sausage meat up into suitable portions based on your usual usage. You could use a knife here if you prefer.
- Wrap each portion of sausage meat in foil, tightly.
- Place each portion of wrapped sausage meat into a thick freezer bag to further protect it from other odours and air.
- You can finally put your bag of portioned sausage meat into the freezer.
Can You Freeze Cooked Sausages?
Using your freezer efficiently is all about getting ahead and prepared so your midweek meals are no longer stressful. That’s why being able to freeze cooked sausages would be a lifesaver, right? Well, the good news is that you can freeze cooked sausages.
Obviously, before you get to freezing your cooked sausages, you’ll need to cook them – so do that first. Once they are cooked, you will need to allow them to cool right down to room temperature.
- Once you’ve got your cooked and cooled sausages, you need to wrap them in clingfilm. You don’t need to wrap them individually but do need to wrap them in portions.
- Place the wrapped sausages into a thick freezer bag.
- Seal the bag up, squeezing out as much of the air as possible.
Try to avoid using weak plastic bags as they will often allow air to seep it quite quickly which can cause freezer burn to occur rapidly.
How Long Can You Freeze Sausages?
Whether they’re cooked, uncooked or out of the skin, sausages and sausage meat can all be stored in the freezer for around 3 months. This is a vague figure as it all depends on how well you’re able to keep air away from them.
If, for example, you’re fortunate enough to have access to a vacuum sealing machine then your sausages will last beyond this point – usually 6 months or so. Or, if you use thin sandwich bags, you’ll probably find your sausages discolour within a matter of weeks.
You Can Freeze Sausages for Around 3 Months
How Do You Defrost Sausages?
There is really only one approach you should take when it comes to defrosting your sausages and that’s the slow, steady and overnight approach. Remove the sausages you want to defrost and place in the fridge on a plate overnight.
If you sausages are uncooked then make sure you keep them away from other products in the fridge and use a bowl to catch any liquid as you don’t want this running down your fridge.
Can You Refreeze Sausages?
Sausages can be refrozen. We would advise only freezing them once in their raw state and once in their cooked state. This means you can freeze raw sausages, thaw them, cook them and then refreeze them. As always, you’ll need to ensure you have cooked your sausages through until they are piping hot in the centre to be on the safe side.
Do Sausages Freeze Well?
Provided that you do all you can to keep the air away, sausages will freeze well. If air gets to them, then the texture can be ruined and discolouration will occur. But this is the case with the majority of foods in the freezer if they are not stored correctly.
If you follow our guidelines above then you’ll find yourself freezing sausages effectively and will actually struggle to tell the difference between frozen and non-frozen sausages.
Other Questions about Sausages
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to sausages – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about sausages then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
Can You Freeze Lamb Sausages?
Lamb, beef, pork or even vegetarian sausages can all be frozen using the exact process we have outlined in this article. As with all meat products, it’s vital that you ensure you have cooked the sausages through so that they are piping hot before serving.
Can You Freeze Sausage Casserole?
Sausage casserole is one of the easier things to freeze. All you need to do is allow it to cool down to room temperature before decanting into an airtight container. Seal the container up, wrap in foil if you’re worried it’s not airtight and then place it in the freezer. When it comes to thawing it, just place it in the fridge overnight before heating it back up in a pot over a low heat.