The answer to this question would be yes. You can, in fact, freeze cooked sausages, just like you can freeze raw sausages. It is easy, simple, and has the best results.
So whether you have some leftover sliced sausages, or you have extra bought sausages that are about to exceed their use by date, freezing would be the ideal solution for you to avoid food waste.
Since I know how delicious and essential sausages are in my household, it was important for me to know the best way I could preserve them, and by them I mean the cooked sausages with gravy, sausages and bacon, sausage rolls, and sausages with onions. So that I can keep them for the longest time and still enjoy them later on.
How to freeze cooked sausages
Before you attempt the freezing process of the sausages, you have to first keep in mind how you want to use up the frozen sausages later on. You can either slice the sausages up so that they can defrost quicker and be ready to be added on top of a pizza right away. Or you can freeze them in large batches, which might take a bit longer to defrost.
You need to make sure that the sausages are cold before you move them to the freezer.
- Once the sausages are cool enough to at least room temperature and are ready to be moved to the freezer. Align the sausages in a freezer friendly container. You can use a zip-lock bag, tinfoil or cling film to wrap the sausages in, or even a plastic tub.
- Label the container containing the sausages with the date of freezing and the name of the contents so that you can easily distinguish the sausages from all the other food stored in the freezer.
How long can you keep cooked sausage in the freezer?
Cooked sausages can withstand being in the freezer for up to 3 months. Although the tinfoil or cling film can greatly decrease the chances of freezer burns.
Yet, as the freezing time exceeds 3 months, the risk of freezer burns tends to increase. That’s why, sausages might be safe to eat after 3 months, but don’t expect them to retain the same texture and flavor.
How long can you keep cooked sausages in the fridge?
Cooked sausages can be kept in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. So, if you are planning to enjoy them within this period of time, then I suggest you to keep them in the fridge rather than the freezer.
How to defrost cooked sausages
I prefer to just move the container with the sausages from the freezer to the fridge and allow them to slowly defrost overnight. That way I don’t risk any bacterial growth and food poisoning.
Another quicker alternative is to just place the container in the microwave and adjust the setting to “Defrost”. It shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes.
Can you freeze and reheat cooked sausages
Yes. You definitely can. In fact, I am going to share with you how to reheat frozen cooked sausages.
Can you reheat cooked sausages?
Yes, and easily so as well. Keep in mind, though, that you can only do this once. You can’t refreeze the reheated sausages and then reheat them again!
Can you refreeze sausages?
Raw or uncooked sausages can be defrosted and cooked, then frozen again. While the already cooked and frozen ones can’t return back to the freezer.
How to reheat cooked sausages
You have many options when it comes to reheated defrosted sausages. I recommend spreading them out on a baking tray. Covering the tray, then moving it to a preheated oven till the sausages reach the right temperature for the reheated frozen food. Either over 75°c for at least 30 seconds or 80°c for at least 6 seconds.
You can also microwave them or stir-fry them in a pan on the stove top.