The answer is yes. You can freeze salami and easily do so as well.
I like to be smart when it comes to shopping, that’s why I like to buy all of my cold deli meats in bulk when they are on offer. So, I am often met with the problem of storing them to last for the longest time possible.
Through my humble journey of finding the best way to store my deli meat. I have realized that freezing deli meat is, in fact, a good option to store your meat for a long time. However, it might not actually be the best way to do so. Or at least, it is not the only way that can guarantee the longest time for your deli meat.
For example, if your dried salami package is still intact and hasn’t been opened before, then, you can expect it to last in your pantry for up to 6 weeks, and in the fridge for about 6 months.
On the other hand, freezing it can give you only about 3 months. That’s why, I wouldn’t recommend directly freezing it, since freezing tends to dry most of the moisture inside your deli meat, which can cause a significant loss of texture.
Don’t worry though!
I have concluded the best way to store my salami, which is basically refrigerating it for as long as it can last, which is usually 6 months, then freezing it for up to 3 months. This can guarantee you 7 – 9 months. Just ensure a tightly-sealed, air-tight packaging to your salami.
How to Store and Freeze Salami
Here are all the steps you will need to successfully freeze your salami.
Before you freeze your salami and in the case that you have an unopened, unsliced salami, you will need to follow these steps:
- Cover your already packed salami in aluminum foil to ensure its complete sealing and isolation from surrounding air.
- You can also just remove the packaging and double wrap the salami in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
In the case that you have already opened the packaging of your salami or you want to freeze it in portions:
- Start by placing the individual slices of your salami between parchment papers.
- Divide your salami slices into portions, then place each portion into a separate freezer bag.
- Tightly seal each freezer bag after making sure that all the excess air is out.
- Place each freezer bag in the freezer and make sure they are not stacked on top of each other so that the resulted salami slices are not moist.
How to use up extra/leftover salami?
Here are some of the best dishes that contain salami in it in case you ever wanted to try something new:
- Make a dip: Adding finely sliced and chopped salami to your dip sauce can take it to a whole new and amazing level.
- Make a pizza: That’s of course the number one use of the salami slices, which is over your pizza dough with some marinara sauce and lots of mozzarella cheese. YUM!
- Make a sandwich: Easiest way to use your salami. Just add in salami slices along with some lettuce, condiments, and all the toppings you prefer with some ketchup and there you have it!
- Add it to your paste: Sprinkle some chopped salami along with your red or white sauce that you will mix with your paste to have yourself a dish with all the necessary nutrients.
- Make a salad: Yup. Adding finely chopped salami to your veggies along with a drizzle of fresh dressing can result in a whole, healthy dish.
Some recipes that consists of salami:
- Salami bread
- Chicken salami sandwich
- Salami pasta recipe
To wrap up this article. Yes. You can easily freeze salami and it can roughly last from 4 – 6 months in the freezer. Just don’t forget to label it with the date of freezing before you put in the freezer.
You can also reheat it after allowing it to thaw.