Ham storage tips
A delicious Christmas ham is the gift that keeps on giving long after the big day is over. Here are our top tips on how to store your ham and enjoy it for longer.
- To prevent your cooked ham from drying out, keep it in the fridge wrapped in a tea towel or ham bag.
- Before using the tea towel or ham bag, place it into a diluted vinegar solution (1 litre of water and ¼ cup white vinegar) and let it soak for a few minutes. Squeeze out the excess liquid and place the ham inside, while the towel or ham bag is still damp.
- Every few days the tea towel or ham bag needs to be refreshed with the vinegar solution.
- Best to wrap your ham loosely to allow for air circulation, and then place it in the coolest part of the fridge. If stored correctly, the ham should last for more than a week once cut.
- To further extend the shelf life of cooked ham, freeze it in airtight containers or freezer bags. Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 3 to 4 months.
- If you’ve already sliced your ham, keep it in an airtight container in the fridge. Shaved or sliced ham should last 3 to 5 days in the fridge – or up to month in the freezer, in a freezer bag.
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