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Make sure to buy sausage and hot dogs on or before the “sell by” date on the package. This date indicates the last day it should be offered for sale.
Refrigerate fresh sausage in its original package for no more than two days. Semi-dry sausage keeps up to three weeks in the refrigerator. Dry sausage keeps up to six weeks refrigerated.
Check carefully to see whether sausage is fresh or cooked. Fresh sausage must be cooked thoroughly before eating. Sausage is done when the meat is gray and the juices run clear.
Grill sausage, turning frequently with tongs (a fork will pierce the sausage casing), until thoroughly cooked, 10 to 15 minutes.
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The information presented in the Food Guide is for informational purposes only and was created by a team of US–registered dietitians and food experts. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements, making dietary changes, or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2017.