Can You Freeze Pepperoni

What is Pepperoni

Pizza is one of America’s favorite foods and one of the most popular is pepperoni topping.  This topping has made pepperoni one of the most well-known cured meats.

Pepperoni is a type of Italian salami, which has been produced in Italy since the 15th century. The name comes from the Latin word piper nigrum . It was originally smoked with black peppercorns but today it is usually brined or air-cured and then injected with paprika to give it its characteristic color.

Can You Freeze Pepperoni?

 You can freeze pepperoni easily for up to 6 months. In this article, we explain how to do it well and safely.

What you should know to do it safely?

  1. Do a visual check to see if there is any observable spoilage.
  2. If it has been left out at ambient temperature it may have acquired some cross-contamination then giving it a quick rinse under cold water is a good idea
  3. Pat it dry with a paper towel or a clean tea towel

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How To Prepare Pepperoni for the Freezer 

Follow our 3 step process pepperoni freezing process.

  1. Get a clean fresh zip lock bag or freezer safe container.
  2. If you have slices of pepperoni then you can use parchment paper to freeze them so they are free-flowing.
  3. You can also freeze sliced pepperoni on a parchment or butcher’s paper-lined baking tray first before placing it into a container, thus they are free-flowing. It helps if you have small blast freezer or high power freezer for this process.

it also helps if your pepperoni slices are not too thin, I try for around 1/4 inch thick. If they are too thin, they may easily break apart when thawed.

Can You Freeze Pepperoni On The Top Of A Pizza
Can You Freeze Pepperoni On The Top Of A Pizza – Yes Freeze it Separately from other toppings.

Don’t put them on top of other food because they may stick together while freezing. Instead, place them directly onto a tray lined with parchment paper.

Lastly, keep them away from direct sunlight, sunlight is not good for any stored or thawing food.

How Do You know Pepperoni is safe to Freeze

You know that pepperoni is safe to freeze if it has not been left out open or unwrapped at room temperature for longer than 2 hours.  Visually check and smell it and if you have any doubts through it out.

A Handy Guide to the Proper Storage of Pepperoni

Pepperoni is delicious, but if you don’t know how look after it properly, it may go bad before you even open the package. Below are the common scenarios you must consider when storing pepperoni. 

How long does Pepperoni Last Left in its Original Packaging?

  • Firstly Keep it away from direct sunlight else its shelf life is likely to be shortened.
  • Store it in the original packaging or wrap it tightly with plastic wrap.
  • Make sure that the package is sealed properly.

Look at the expiry date or best before on the packing and the guidelines the manufacturer has stated.

Do Not Freeze Very Thinly Sliced Pepperoni
Do Not Freeze Very Thinly Sliced Pepperoni

Can you leave Pepperoni out overnight?

The food safety rule is 2 hours before you can get pathogens or bacteria growing. While it may be more robust when left out than some products – the best practice would be to discard it.

However, if the original packing did not contain “keep refrigerated” and you have kept it well covered and out of sunlight – it can last especially in a panty. Wrapped in an airtight manner Dry Sausage or Hard Sausage can keep for 5 to 6 weeks in the larder.

How Long Does Pepperoni Last in the Fridge?

Pepperoni will last up to 3 weeks in the fridge wrapped in plastic or in an air-tight container.

How Long Does Pepperoni Last in theFreezer

Freezing will preserve the flavor of the meat better than refrigeration. 

Pepperoni lasts for about 6 months in the freezer.  If you want to freeze pizza toppings however freeze them one topping at a time.

Can you Freeze Sliced Pepperoni? 

Sliced pepperoni can be frozen and is actually the most common way to freeze it.

Can you Freeze Sliced Pepperoni Sticks?

Yes, you can freeze sliced pepperoni sticks! The best way to do this is to place them in a freezer bag, then seal it well. After they’re frozen, remove them from the bag and store them in a container for up to 6 months.

Can you Freeze Pepperoni Pizza Toppings – yes either together in a package or on a tray first to have them as individual slices. See our method above.

How Do You Stop Pepperoni Freezer Burn

The best way to stop freezer burn is to put frozen food into a resealable plastic bag. This prevents air from getting inside the package, which causes freezer burn. To prevent freezer burn, freeze foods in smaller portions, such as individual servings instead of whole packages.

How to Check if Pepperoni Smell is Bad?

  • sour smell
  • bad smell
  • foul smell – oxidized
  • funky smell
  • slimy
  • sticky

In conclusion, when it comes to storing pepperoni

  • – Store Pepperoni in a Dry Place
  • – Don’t Store Pepperoni in Refrigerator
  • – Store Pepperoni Properly by keeping it in a cool dry place.

  This will ensure freshness and prevent spoilage.