Ham is a meat cut from the hind legs of swine and is preserved by curing, smoking or salting. It can be cooked with a verity of techniques and served whole and sliced as the main meat of meal, on sandwiches, or as an ingredient in many recipes.

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How long will ham stay fresh in the refrigerator?

It depends if it is cured or sliced etc., but I'd say about a week, on average.

US FDA Guidelines: Cooked Whole, 7 days. Slices 3-4 days. Unopened packages: 2 weeks or use by date.

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More help with thisBacteria requires air to reproduce and this meat will be sealed professionally. Additionally in the modern era meat is so safely produced and packaged that bacteria will most likely be limited anyway. In this case specifically this ham will most likely have been precooked and this makes it even safer. I would say that your main problem with this ham would be spoilage which again will be in the range of weeks. if it tastes ok you should be ok.

Poultry is a completely different story and should be feared. It is rarely sealed air-tight from your grocer and can be a serious health risk immediately. DO NOT LET RAW CHICKEN come into contact with any other foods, clean all tools that come into contact with chicken, clean your hands, use a different cutting board, everything that raw poultry touches will potentially give you very uncomfortable food poisoning and in some cases bacterial diseases that can lead to death.


Cooked ham has been cured before so it can be left in the fridge for 4 - 5 days, but to be on the safe side it's best to have your ham, then cut off what you may want from the next nights meal and then slice the rest of the ham up and freeze. Don't throw that bone out! Make a nice split pea and ham soup and you can add diced left over ham to put in with it. You can also slice the ham thinner to make sandwiches. You also have the choice to mince the ham (if you have a meat grinder) or food processor (freeze it in a Glad bag and press air out) and make Hoagie sandwiches at a later date. Sweet pickled relish and mayonnaise goes great with either sliced ham or ground ham.

For 3 to 7 days.

less than a week then it starts to dry out and loose all of its flavor

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Can you freeze ham?

Yes you can freeze ham. Whether or not you like the texture is a matter of personal preference. Ham can be frozen 4-6 months.

Ham freezes very well.But tends to have lots of moisture, when you unthaw it.That is contributed to the salt content.You can just squeeze it gently;to remove excess water.Or reheat in the oven with out covering ,and the water will be drawn out.

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How long can you keep a precooked ham in the freezer?

As long as it looks good there

Microwave Ovens

Microwave pre-cooked ham?

Sure. It could turn out rubbery though. But it's mostly chicken that gets rubbery textured in the microwave.

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How long can a baked ham be kept in a fridge?

A baked ham, stored properly, should keep up to a week in the refrigerator.

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For how long is frozen ham good?

This is a quote from the Cook's Ham website:

The American Meat Institute recommends that you can freeze your ham (before opening the packaging) just as you would other meat for up to 3 months.

Other sites recommend that the ham should be used within 2 months. Cured meat doesn't last as long as you'd think in the freezer. See Related Links.

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What is a cured ham?

A cured ham is a ham that is ready to eat.

Cooking Techniques

How do you cook a hickory smoked picnic ham?

A smoked picnic ham has already been cooked, and it only needs heating thoroughly. Thaw it out if it is frozen. My aunt always cooked hers in a big brown paper bag ( like the ones at the grocery store), and it just keeps in that smoked flavor. It sure is good. But I don't do it anymore because I worry about the ink on the bag. Get those oven bags.

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Only do that if the ham is labeled "precooked." Prosciutto is a precooked ham. Canned hams are also precooked, but they're not hickory smoked. If you eat an uncooked ham you're eating raw pork. That would be bad.

To cook a ham requires an oven and a meat thermometer. Put the thermometer in the meat and set it in a roasting pan. Preheat the oven to 325. You can put pineapple rings or cloves on the ham before you cook it. Put the ham in the oven and leave it there until the internal temperature is 160 degrees, and then it's done.

If you have a "country ham" many people add another step: soaking it in water to draw out the salt. Country ham is made so it doesn't need refrigeration until you cut into it. They get it there by dry curing it in salt, then smoking it. It takes a LOT of salt to preserve meat.


Is cavanaugh's brand ham now meijers brand ham?

The meat dept. staff at Meijers told use they are the same ham. They are not. I purchased one for Christmas and it was quite disappointing.

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Can you freeze ground ham for ham salad?

Yes you can, if you think of frozen pizza that has cooked ham on it, same situation. However, ham should be defrosted fully in the fridge.


Is ham kosher?

No! It comes from pigs.

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How long will smoked ham keep?

If kept in the refrigerator about 5 to7 days.

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How long can you freeze ham?

As long as you need it to be frozen, but once it has defrosted you shouldn't refreeze it.

Food Safety

Can prosciutto ham be eaten without cooking?

Absolutely. In fact, it's best that way. Cooking destroys its subtle flavor.

Chinese Food

How can I cook Chinese ham to sweet ham?

what you need are 2 big can of pineapple juice, brown sugar,bay leaves.

put ham in a pot big enough to hold the ham (Whole PC.) and 2 cans of pineapple

juice. if you want he flavor to seep thru the meat, punch small holes to the meat,

using small knife. combine all ingredients use only 3pc of bayleaves, 1/2 cup of

brownsugar. marinade overnight.

Now, boil the pot of ham with its ingredient for 3 hours. Drain, but save the juice.

Bake the ham at 350F. for 2.5 hrs. this only applys if you have a reg. ham. if you

have tradional dry Chinese ham, you don't need to bake it.

to make the ham toppings, combine 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1 1/2 cup of juice

simmer to thicken, pour in the ham 10 min. before end of cooking in oven


Where does ham come from?


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How long will cooked spiral ham stay fresh in the refrigerator?

it will stay fresh for about 2 days

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How long will uncooked smithfield ham keep in refrigerator?

uncooked hams that have been frozen last 6 months or longer.

Cooking Times and Temperatures

What tempure do I put the oven on when cooking a ham?

http://whatscookingamerica.net/Pork/Ham101.htm Excellent directions for bone in, boneless, fresh, smoked, pre-cooked, etc.

Ingredient Substitutions

Is turkey-ham turkey or ham?

It's ham made from turkey. You could call it imitation ham.

Nutritional comparison for ham and turkey ham:

Ham, extra lean 27g..............Turkey Ham 28g*

calories = 29............................calories = 35

calories from fat = 6.................calories from fat = 10

total fat 1g = 1%......................total fat 1g = 2%

cholesterol 12mg = 4%............cholesterol 19mg = 6%

sodium 286mg = 12%..............sodium 291mg = 12%

total carbohydrates = 0%........total carbohydrates = 0%

dietary fiber = 0%....................dietary fiber = 0%

sugars = 0%............................sugars = 0%

protein = 5g.............................protein = 5g

vitamin A = 0............................vitamin A = 0

vitiamin C = 0...........................vitiamin C = 0

calcium = 0...............................calcium = 0

iron = 1%.................................iron = 2%

*camparison source nutritiondata.com, see links below.

27g and 28g was the closest equivelant available.

% of daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


What is shaved ham?

One of the coolest classic rock/blues/motown cover bands in the NY/NJ area. Shaved Ham, The Other Average White Band. www.myspace.com/shavedhamband Shaved ham is ham sliced to it's thinnest possible point. It's so thin you can see through it.

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How long can cooked ham be frozen?

According to the USDA, ham, both pre-cooked and cooked at home, should be stored in the frezzer for no more than 1-2 months.

The USDA would say that. But I'll Tell you Something, I keep things (like Hams) in the deep freeze way longer than that. You just have to be careful and trust your instincts and you'll be fine. If in doubt, Bin It!

Freezing and Drying Food

Can a leftover cooked smoked ham that has not been previously frozen be frozen?

Yes, you can safely freeze ham after it has been cooked. After thawing the same frozen cooked ham, it is unsafe to freeze it again.

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How long can baked ham be kept?

About a week and a half.


Where does parma ham originate from?

In simple terms it comes from Italy.


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