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Yes, you can freeze cured, uncured, whole or sliced salami for up to 6 months without it losing any quality. Simply portion it out, wrap it well, put it in a freezer bag and place it in the freezer.
How to Freeze Salami
Salami is a yummy deli meat that can be used in a variety of different recipes from sandwiches to pizza to salads and soups. There are in fact a whole slew of types of salami available.
Unsliced, unopened salami can last for a fairly long time. But, once you slice salami it only lasts for around 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
Whether you purchased unsliced whole salami in bulk and won't be able to use it fast enough. Or, You have sliced up salami and won't be able to finish it before it goes bad. You may be looking for a way to extend the shelf life of your salami.
Fortunately, salami is easy to freeze and maintains a very high quality once frozen and defrosted. Simply decide what portion size you'll need to use when it's thawed and then choose the method below that works best for you.
If you have not yet sliced your salami and you know you'll want to use the whole package once it's defrosted you can freeze it on opened in the package.
- To use this method, simply take your whole salami and pop it into a freezer bag.
- Optional. If you want to give it a little more protection or if you've opened the salami but have a chunk that is not yet sliced you can wrap it in plastic wrap. Simply make sure the plastic wrap completely covers the salami and is secured.
- Pack it and seal it up. Toss your whole salami into a freezer bag. Then, squeeze all of the air from your freezer bag and zip it closed.
- Label it and freeze it. Take a marker and write the date on the outside of the bag and then toss your bag into the freezer.
Slices or Individual Portions
If you already have sliced salami or if you want to freeze it in individual portions then this is the method to use.
- Prepare it. Go ahead and slice it up if it's not already sliced.
- Portion it out. Determine the portion size issue want to use and divide the salami into those size portions.
- Stack it. This step is optional. It helps to more easily separate the slices once it's thawed. Simply place a small sheet of wax or parchment paper between each size.
- Wrap it well. Tear off a sheet plastic wrap large enough to wrap each portion. Then, use the plastic wrap to wrap your portions up. You can add a second layer of plastic wrap and/or aluminum foil if you want extra protection.
- Pack it. Toss your individually wrapped portions all into a freezer bag or an airtight container.
- Seal it. Squeeze any air from your freezer bag and then zip it closed. If you're using an airtight container instead, simply place the lid on top.
- Label and freeze. Write the date on the outside of your package and then toss the package into the freezer.
Tips for Successful Freezing
No matter which method from above who decide to use, make sure to apply the following tips to maintain maximum quality.
- Freeze it fresh. Make sure to package it up and freeze it when it is as fresh as possible. This will help to maintain the maximum quality, taste and texture.
- Portion correctly. Make sure you've determined what portion size you will ultimately want to use when you thought out. This ensures you can just defrost what you need each time.
- Keep air and freezer burn out. Make sure to completely wrap your salami in order to prevent drying or freezer burn. If you know you'll be freezing for an extended period of time, add a second layer of plastic wrap or a layer of aluminum foil.
- Ziploc Bags
- Plastic Wrap
- Aluminum Foil
- Marker or Pen
- Airtight Freezer Container
- Parchment or Wax Paper
How to Defrost Salami
The safest way to defrost salami is by placing it into the refrigerator. To do this, simply remove the package from the freezer and then place it in the fridge overnight. Depending on how thick the slices are and how much you froze together, it may only take a few hours to thaw.
Although, it may be tempting to place the salami on the counter at room temperature or in a container of cool water to defrost is quicker, these are not the safest ways since the meat can go bad with drastic temperature changes.
Freezing Salami FAQ
Can you freeze deli sliced salami?
Yes, you can freeze deli sliced salami. Simply portion it out, wrap it in plastic wrap, place it in a freezer bag and freeze it.
How long does salami last in the fridge?
Once salami has been sliced, according the the USDA, it lasts for around three weeks in the fridge. Unsliced salami can last a little longer.
How long does salami stay good in the freezer?
Salami stays good for up to 6 months in the freezer. It is safe to eat for a long time after that, but after 6 months, the quality will slowly begin to decrease with changes in taste and texture.
Can You freeze salami slices
Yes, you can freeze salami slices. You can stack them together and then wrap them in plastic wrap. Or, you can lay parchment paper or wax paper between each slice.
How to Freeze Salami
- airtight container
- marker or pen
- freezer bags
- plastic wrap
- aluminum foil
- wax paper or parchment paper
- Salami whole or sliced
- You can freeze a whole package of salami unopened and unsliced if you will want to use the whole thing at thawing.
- Simply take your unopened package, toss it into a freezer bag.
- Press all the air out of the bag and zip it closed.
- Put the date on the bag and toss it into the freezer.
Sliced or Individual Portions
- Slice up your salami.
- Determine desired portion size and divide the salami up.
- optional: place wax or parchment paper between each slice of salami. This makes it easier to separate them upon thawing.
- Tear off a sheet of plastic wrap or aluminum foil and wrap it around each portion of salami.
- Repeat wrapping for all portions.
- Toss your wrapped portions into a freezer bag or freezer safe container.
- Press the lid onto your container. Or, press the air out of the bag and zip it shut.
- Use a marker and write the date on your package, then stick it into the freezer.