Wash down the walls and shelves of your fridge with hot soapy water
The walls of your refrigerator should be cleaned with hot, soapy water a few times a month to prevent bacteria from having a chance to grow there.
The best way to ensure that food will remain fresh over time is to make the storage environment cleaner overall.
Place a small cup of baking soda on the shelf inside your fridge to keep things hygienic. Baking soda is another effective antibacterial.
Clean your fridge and freezer often
One of the best ways to stop the spread of any foodborne illness is to keep your refrigerator clean at all times. This guarantees that your refrigerator is safe for storing foods there, which is what it was intended for.
Other bacteria cannot grow on all of the food kept in the refrigerator if you keep it free of mold and any rotting foods.
How do you know when summer sausage is cooked?
Most summer sausage is precooked, so you only need to reheat it before serving. Check the internal temperature of the summer sausage with a meat thermometer to make sure it is cooked. The temperature should read at least 160° F before serving.
Summer sausage should also feel firm to the touch and have clear juices. If you intend to fry or grill the sausage, cook it until all of its surfaces are golden and crisp and its internal temperature reaches at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
For microwaving, follow the directions on the packaging.
Summer sausage can be cooked, and there are several different ways to do so depending on your preferences. It can be prepared in a skillet on the stovetop, baked, grilled, or even heated in the microwave.
Use medium to high heat and cut the summer sausage into pieces that are half an inch thick when cooking it on the stovetop. Cook each side until it is browned and lightly crisp. If you decide to bake it, you should preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the sausage for 30 to 50 minutes, flipping the slices over at least once.
Use medium-high heat to grill it, and cook the sausage directly on the grill. Turn the slices frequently to ensure they cook evenly. If you choose to microwave it, you must cut it into 1/4- to 1/2-inch slices and cook it for 2-3 minutes on high power, turning the slices at least once during cooking.
Regardless of the technique you select, you can savor your perfectly cooked summer sausage.