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Canning -- Miscellaneous

Can smoked sausages be canned?

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Yes, they can. Follow the instructions for ground or chopped meat that are in So Easy to Preserve. These instructions also apply to sausage - patties, balls or cut cased sausage. The only concern is that the final processed product might be tough if the smoked sausages had been previously cooked before the canning processing. Remember the canning process is 75 minutes for pints and 90 minutes for quarts - this would be a severe heat treatment for a previously cooked product. It is also very important to add an appropriate broth - meat brother, water, or tomato juice depending on the desired flavor. Smoking is not a concern. In fact, it actually has a bacteriostatic (prevents bacterial growth) and bactericidal (kills bacteria) effect.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, NC State University in July 2004

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