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Old 09-27-2015, 11:43 AM   #1
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Freezing pepperoni, tips please.

Every time I buy some sliced pepperoni for pizza, I never use the whole bag. Each time I freeze it and then end up throwing it away when I try to use it again. It turns gray and smells off when I freeze it. Has anyone ever had good luck freezing this?

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Old 09-27-2015, 11:50 AM   #2
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Ya know, I buy all kinds of different salami and freeze them from time to time and I haven't experienced that before.
I buy Boar's Head brand at the deli counter and have them slice it for me, but I also buy the soppressata and pepperoni cubs and cube it for snacks too.

What brand are you purchasing Jabbur?
Maybe it's those moisture control packets that say "Do Not Eat" ?? dunno
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Old 09-27-2015, 12:00 PM   #3
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Pepperoni is a cured dry sausage. It should keep in the fridge for quite a long time.
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Old 09-27-2015, 12:12 PM   #4
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An un-opened bag of pepperoni in the fridge should last a very, very long time. I would never consider freezing it. An opened bag, sealed well should last almost as long.
I would consider buying less if there is that much left over that needs to be stored.
They do sell 4.5 oz sliced size packages in most grocery stores.
Or buy a whole (unsliced) half stick and keep tightly wrapped.
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Old 09-27-2015, 12:38 PM   #5
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Pepperoni is a cured dry sausage. It should keep in the fridge for quite a long time.
My thought exactly. I have never heard of anyone ever having left over Pepperoni.

It is a cured meat and should do just fine in the fridge. Considering that it sits just hanging without refrigeration after it is cured, it has quite a long shelf life.
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Old 09-27-2015, 03:36 PM   #7
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I've frozen my pepperoni in the original package for years, after it exceeds its "best by" date, never an issue. I'll pull out a few slices for tortilla pizza, and it still looks and tastes fine.
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Old 09-27-2015, 03:54 PM   #8
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I guess I'll keep it in the fridge and see how it does. Not sure why it seems to go bad for me. I even removed it from the original bag and used a freezer bag with the same results. We used to eat more pepperoni but have cut back since DH's heart attack.
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Old 09-28-2015, 07:49 AM   #9
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I buy pepperoni in bulk and divide it up into smaller packs and vacuum seal them. They keep their color and flavor. Last a long long time
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I guess I'll keep it in the fridge and see how it does. Not sure why it seems to go bad for me. I even removed it from the original bag and used a freezer bag with the same results. We used to eat more pepperoni but have cut back since DH's heart attack.
I buy 1 lb packages of thinly sliced salami which are bigger round than pepperoni but not as big as sandwich size. They are vacuum wrapped and keep nicely in the freezer. I buy them on sale instead of pepperoni (not as hot as pepperoni).

If you microwave them warm, the fat from the pepperoni or sausage will melt out leaving you with more meat/fat ratio. Then I rinse and dry it and put it back in a plastic bag and keep it in the refrigerator for use. That might help if you are trying to reduce animal fat in the diet.

I've also seen where people will brown up hamburger with high fat content, then add water, heat, and pour off the water and fat leaving a higher meat/fat ratio in the browned hamburger.
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