How To Defrost and Thaw Sausages

Sausages

It is common to wonder why you would need to defrost sausage? Well, sausages are so versatile that we can easily store them in the freezer and defrost them if we forget to take the beef out of the refrigerator for dinner. Sausages can also come in handy if you run out of meats like chicken before you had the chance to make a grocery store run.

You may also want to stock up on sausages that are on sale as they can be quickly frozen. You may also freeze your homemade sausages as a preservation method. Nevertheless, knowing how to thaw sausages is extremely important as it can drastically impact the cooking process.

What Are Sausages?

In short, sausages are a type of meat produced from ground beef or pork. Believe it or not, sausages came about as a form of meat preservation. The ancient people did not have a handy dandy tool called a sausage stuffer; they combined meat with seasonings and stuffed it into a casing.

Today sausages come in several different sizes and flavors. Some sausages may also be made with bread crumbs, oats, or another filler. Sausages can also be produced from poultry or fish.

How To Freeze Sausage

Even though you can simply place your sausage into the freezer, knowing how to freeze sausage will save time in the long run. To freeze sausage, remove them from their styrofoam container.

Remove the moisture pad which sits directly beneath the sausage and discard it. The moisture pad can freeze onto the sausage and prevent the sausage from defrosting evenly.

If your sausages are attached to one another, now would be the perfect time to separate them. Place your sausages into an even layer in a freezer-safe resealable bag in portions you think you will use at one time. Freeze the sausages.

Once the sausages are frozen, you can shake them up, and they will stay separated until they are defrosted. If your sausages are stuck together, a good wack on the countertop will easily separate them.

Can I Defrost Sausage At Room Temperature

In the same way, you should never place the electric plug of a kitchen appliance into the water, you should never thaw sausages at room temperature. Your sausages will take forever to defrost.

Furthermore, sausage can only sit at room temperature for 2 hours. If you reside in a hot climate that is at or above 90°F, you should only keep sausage at room temperature for 1 hour.

After 2 hours, bacteria will start to develop rapidly on the surface of the sausage. Even if you cook the sausage to the recommended temperature, you may still end up with a case of food poisoning. Therefore sausage cannot be defrosted at room temperature.

How Long Does It Take To Defrost Sausages?

Defrosting time depends on the method you use to thaw your sausages. The time frame may range from as little as 10 minutes to 24 hours.

For example, defrosting sausage in the fridge could take up to 24 hours to thaw. In contrast, you can thaw sausages in cold water in 1 hour. You can also defrost sausages in the microwave in 8-10 minutes.

How To Defrost Sausage

Sausage is one of the easiest types of meats to defrost. That being said, it involves more than placing sausage in the microwave or refrigerator.

How To Defrost Sausage In The Fridge

Most people forget to thaw their sausages in the fridge or opt to thaw sausages another way because it takes too long.

However, the refrigerator is the best way to thaw sausages. Plus, you will get evenly thawed sausages. Best of all this, technique requires the least amount of work.

To thaw your sausages in the fridge, remove them from the freezer and place them into a large container. The container will prevent condensation from contaminating other foods in your fridge. Place the sausages into the refrigerator and let them thaw overnight.

How To Defrost In Cold Water

The cold water method is the first runner-up to the refrigerator method. Yes, it is the second slowest way to thaw sausages, but it is still better than using the microwave. In addition, Coldwater can conduct heat better than air, so the cold water method is better than leaving sausages at room temperature if you forget to thaw them in the fridge.

Similar to the refrigerator method, thawing cold water is a relatively fuss-free process. It works best for sausages that have been removed from their original packaging and placed into a zip lock bag before freezing them.

If your sausages are still in their original packaging, inspect the package to make sure it is free of any holes. Place the sausages into a resealable ziplock bag.

The bag will ensure the sausages do not come into contact with the water. If the sausages are exposed to the water, they can become waterlogged, which will ruin the flavor of the sausage.

Fill a large pot with cold water. Do not use warm or hot water, or it can start to cook the sausages. Additionally, warm or hot water will also increase the risk that bacteria will develop on the meat.

Seal the bag and add the sausage to the pot of water. If the sausage floats to the top, place a plate on top of it to keep it submerged.

If your sausage is still in its original packaging, periodically remove the bag from the water. Open it to see if you can remove them from their original packaging. Once the sausages are removed from the container, they will defrost quicker.

On average, it takes 1 hour to defrost sausage in cold water, so it still requires a bit of planning.

How To Defrost Sausage In The Microwave

We all know the microwave can defrost foods in record time. However, you will have to babysit your sausages.

Furthermore, the sausages will not thaw evenly. I do not recommend defrosting sausages in the microwave because it thaws and cooks the outside of the sausages before it defrosts the center. This could dry out the outside of your sausages before the inside is defrosted.

Nevertheless, remove them from their original packaging if you must thaw sausages in the microwave. Arrange the sausages in an even layer on a large plate.

Place the sausages into the microwave and press the defrost setting. If your microwave doesn’t have a defrost setting, heat the sausages at 30% power.

Heat the sausages in 1-minute intervals rotating them after each minute. Turning the sausages can prevent the links on the outer edges of the plate from cooking before the middle sausages thaw. However, this is still not a guarantee that the sausages will not start to cook.

It will take 8-10 minutes for your sausages to thaw completely.

Can I Cook Sausages From Frozen?

Of course, you can cook sausages from frozen. Most sausages can be cooked in their frozen state. However, some types of sausages must be thawed first, so make sure you read the instructions.

Even though it adds 50% more time to the cooking process, cooking sausages from frozen is still a relatively quick process. On average frozen sausages can take 10-15 minutes to cook in a cast-iron skillet. However, you must maintain a temperature of 165°F for 2 minutes to neutralize any bacteria before removing them from the heat and eating them.

To cook sausages from frozen, remove them from their packaging. You can set up your natural gas grillor cook the sausages in the oven. Heat your cooking appliance to 350°F.

Cook the frozen sausages like you normally would, but add 10 minutes to the cooking time. Before you know it, your sausages will be cooked and ready for consumption.

How To Use Defrosted Sausages

Thawed sausages will always be easier to cook than frozen sausages. You might be wondering how to use thawed sausages. You can use sausages in many ways.

You can cook sausages in a skillet, boil them or grill them on your charcoal grill infuse them with a smoky flavor. You can also add sausages to dishes such as pasta, casseroles, breakfast skillets, or you can use them to make sausage and peppers.

Regardless of how you use your thawed sausage, ensure they are cooked to a temperature of 165°F. In addition to this, cook your thawed sausage before you refreeze it.

Final Thoughts

Whether you bought your sausage frozen or made your own sausage and froze it, knowing how to defrost sausage is imperative.

Defrosting sausage can be troublesome for some. Many of us have thawed sausages at room temperature and unknowingly exposed ourselves to bacteria. However, now that you know how to thaw sausage the right way, we can safely limit the growth of bacteria.

Remember, even though the fridge takes 24 hours to defrost sausage, it is the best and safest way to defrost them. Nevertheless, if you end up in a jam, you can defrost your sausages in cold water or the microwave.

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