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Posted: 4/22/2007 12:18:45 PM EDT
Ok someone just gave me one of those holiday gift boxes of sausage and cheese

He was like "I had it laying around since the holidays and have no use for it" I looked at it and thought that it was bad because it looked like you should refrigerate it but everything says "refrigerate after opening"

so my question is what is the self life on this stuff?
it has crackers, cheeses, and sausages.

here is a pick from the company site (hickory farms)

Link Posted: 4/22/2007 12:39:29 PM EDT
dayphotog -

I don't have a full answer, but I can tell you that I once had an opened Italian dry salami sit in a closet for four years. When I found it, I lopped off about 2 inches from the opened end, and the rest was good to go. I'm sure the high salt content of the meat and the cool, dry environment had a lot to do with it staying good. My cast-iron gut probably helped too
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 12:56:47 PM EDT
ive ate the "summer" sausge 2 summers after i bought it

YMMV... but i ve also eaten 7+ yr old canned tamales and shit for fun
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 1:16:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By protus:
ive ate the "summer" sausge 2 summers after i bought it

YMMV... but i ve also eaten 7+ yr old canned tamales and shit for fun


Whew...I feel sorry for your wife.
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 1:21:36 PM EDT
it should be fine, if air is kept off of the actual food product it should last a long long time



Cheese and preserved meat will last a long time (ever wonder why in the old days they sealed it all in wax? kept it from going bad)
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 1:42:05 PM EDT
How could your friend not have use for sausage and cheese?
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 3:55:48 PM EDT
they should each have expiration dates on them...

and no, you don't have to refrigerate them because of the way they're sealed, but it does extend shelf life if they're kept at cool temps...

and a +1 on how in the world does your friend not have a use for sausage and cheese? is he vegetarian? those little yummy things never make it close to going bad at my house...
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