Pepperoni storage


I recently purchased some stuff from Pennmac, and one of the things that made me order there was the chance to try the Ezzo pepperoni (stick form). I now have a big smile of meat in my fridge, and I plan to put it on some calzones tonight. What is the best way to store the leftovers? How long will it last? My guess would be to put some aside in the fridge that I might use in the next week or two, and the rest in the freezer. Thoughts?

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Mark S.
posted over 2 years ago

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Are the sticks individually wrapped? If so, you really only need to worry about the leftover portion of an open one. If you use it in a few weeks, fridge should be fine. Otherwise freeze it. Either way (fridge or freezer), minimize exposure to air. FoodSaver vacuum bags will probably help a lot.

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Raj Irukulla admin
posted over 2 years ago


I attached a photo to the original post. It's individually wrapped. I'm assuming I just slice as is? It looks like the text is printed directly on the casing. (I'd imagine that it'll be readily apparent when I start slicing).

Thanks for your help.

Mark S.
posted over 2 years ago


I'd cut off the piece that you need instead of unwrapping the whole thing. After that, you can probably tightly wrap it with plastic wrap.

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Raj Irukulla admin
posted over 2 years ago


Mark,

I sometimes use the Ziploc Vacuum Freezer system to store perishable items and not necessarily in the freezer. It's great for cheeses, sausages, etc. But with cured/smoked pepperoni I wouldn't worry too much. Just do as Raj suggested.

http://www.ziploc.com/Products/Pages/VacuumFreezerSystem.aspx

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Mike K.
posted over 2 years ago


Penn Mac has Ezzo in 1 pound sliced tubs. It freezes well. Be sure to get the 38mm if you want it to curl up and crisp. The sticks are the same but bigger diameter and won't really curl up.

Steve Mason
posted over 2 years ago


Thanks Steve, I thought the link looked bigger than the slices in many of the pictures.

Mark S.
posted over 2 years ago


FWIW, I contacted Vermont Smoke and Cure about the shelf life of their pepperoni. Their product is shelf stable for 9 months. I did not inquire about storage needs after opening, but little grows in fat, meat is dessicated and dried by the curing process (to wit, jerky), and there are usually no carbohydrates in dried sausage. Storage turned out to not be a problem, as we ate one 8 oz sausage completely at one sitting, most of it before it ever saw the top of the pizza...

Ken K.
posted over 2 years ago


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