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CHORIZO SAUSAGE, DRY, SOLD UNREFRIGERATED - UNOPENED PACKAGE

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4-6 weeks
Refrigerator
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6 months
Freezer
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8-10 months

Tips

  • How long does a package of unopened chorizo sausage last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - store unopened chorizo sausage in a cool, dry area.
  • How long does unopened chorizo sausage last at room temperature? Properly stored, a package of unopened chorizo sausage will generally stay at best quality for about 1 month at room temperature.
  • Is unopened chorizo sausage safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored, the package is undamaged, and there is no sign of spoilage (see below) - commercially packaged sausage will typically carry a " Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before", or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the sausage will remain at peak quality.
  • Can you keep unopened chorizo sausage in the fridge or freezer? Yes, to further extend the shelf life of sausage, refrigerate or freeze it; wrap the sausage with airtight heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap or place the sausage inside a heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • How long does unopened chorizo sausage last in the fridge? Unopened chorizo sausage will maintain best quality for about 6 months in the refrigerator.
  • How long does unopened chorizo sausage last in the freezer? Properly stored, unopened chorizo sausage will maintain best quality for about 10 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only — unopened chorizo sausage that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How can you tell if unopened chorizo sausage is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the unopened chorizo sausage: if the unopened chorizo sausage develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.

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