Question: What Does Spoiled Sausage Smell Like

February 22, 2010


Anonymous's picture

Spoiled meat may not smell or start to degenerate right away so just get rid of it if it is past the labeled expiration date

Barnaby Dorfman's picture

Since sausage often has a lot of preservatives, flavorings and spices, it can be hard to tell if it's gone bad.

When it's bad, at first often there will be a sour smell and even a bit of a slimy coating on the outside. Also look for mold growth, sometimes just white, other times blue or black as visual cues. Though depending on the type of sausage, a white mold may actually be desirable.

As sausage decay further it starts to smell like any rotten meat, like roadkill on a hot day, and will make you gag.