Procedure and Vital Tips on How to Freeze Ham Perfectly

How To Freeze Ham
Couldn't resist buying that extra pound of ham, could you? Now you might be wondering how to freeze it so that it can last longer. Storing extra food (cooked/ uncooked) can be difficult. Storing meat can be a little tricky, 'cause if you don't store it correctly and it gets spoilt, you can have a nasty case of food poisoning.
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Last Updated: Feb 26, 2018
Tip
Cut the ham into smaller portions before freezing. This way, you won't have to thaw it each time before use.
With meat, or any food for that matter, it often so happens, that we end up buying more than what would be required. And then we start struggling to finish it off before it spoils. In this case, food storage methods can be of help.
Freezing Procedure
Step 1: Cut large chunks of meat into smaller portions. This way, thawing and refreezing will not be required for the whole meat, every time you use a part of it. It will also increase the shelf life of the meat.

Step 2: Tightly wrap the portions in a foil or a plastic wrap.

Step 3:
Place it in an airtight container or a zip lock bag. If you are placing the meat in bags, remove any excess air before sealing.

Step 4: Place the ham in the freezer.
Vacuum Sealing
If you possess a vacuum seal machine, all you have to do is place the small portions of ham in the bags provided for vacuum sealing and follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. The machine will remove any excess air and seal the bag shut, making it ready to be kept in the freezer.
Types of Ham Freeze and Their Shelf Life
Unopened Canned Ham - Do Not Freeze
Fresh, Uncooked, Uncured Ham - 180 days
Fresh, Cooked, Uncured Ham - 90-120 days
Packaged Vacuum Sealed Unopened Ham - 30-60 days
Packaged Vacuum Sealed Opened Ham - 30-60 days
Cooked, Store Wrapped Whole Ham - 30-60 day
Cooked Sliced Store wrapped ham - 30-60 days
Spiral cut/ leftovers - 30-60 days
Opened Canned Ham - 30-60 days
Lunch Meat Ham - 30- 60 days
Dry Italian/ Spanish Ham - 30-32 days
Uncooked Country Ham - 30-32 days
Cooked Country Ham - 30-32 days

Source: foodsafety.gov
Thawing
Keep the frozen ham in the refrigerator for some hours or overnight. Or simply place the sealed and unopened ham packet in a bowl of water. Once it comes to a room temperature, you can heat it in the microwave.

Uncooked frozen ham may appear watery once thawed. If this happens, simply rinse the meat with water and pat it dry. This might not happen with cooked ham as the moisture content of the meat has been cooked away. Avoid refreezing cooked ham.
You need to remember that the taste and texture of the meat will be compromised once frozen. To reduce the impact of the change, wrap the ham well to prevent any exposure to direct cold. This will help you avoid any freezer burns.
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