I can not emphasis enough the virtues of labeling things when you put them in the freezer.
Not only for the obvious “eat/cook by date” but for the “what actually is this?”
Recently I pulled out some sort of hot-dog/sausage looking package out of my freezer and wished I had labeled it.
I am sure at the time I was all like “oh I will throw this in and will defiantly remember it because it’s special.”
2 months later… (let’s be honest it could have been 2 weeks later) and I can’t remember what sort of local sourced, handcrafted, all natural, no nitrates “hot dog or sausage” thing this was!
So after defrosting I had to start with the basic question of “is this a raw product or fully cooked?”
Taking no chances, I sliced and cooked one to be sure. After tasting it I still had no clue.
Here is the information for analysis: firm texture, not very salty, mild flavor – possibly an all beef product. It was not as “pink” as it appears in the photo – probably due to lack of Nitrites*. Hubby doesn’t get along with Nitrites so I often avoid them in sausage products anyway. If anybody has any ideas out there, by all means I am taking suggestions as I would like to remember so I can maybe get them again – they were tasty!
*Nitrates and nitrites are frequently added to processed meats like bacon, ham, sausages and hot dogs. They function as preservatives, helping to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. They also add a salty flavour and improve the appearance of the meat products by giving them a red or pink color.
Info Credit: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/are-nitrates-and-nitrites-harmful