Can you freeze honey-baked ham?

In the following text we will be discussing the following question, “can you freeze honey-baked ham?” We will also know the nutritional value and health benefits of eating ham. We will discuss the proper ways to store honey-baked ham. We will also get to know if there are any health concerns about eating cooked and frozen ham.

Can you freeze honey-baked ham?

Yes, ham can be stored in the freezer in cooked and raw form. Ham is a popular cold cut of pork that is a part of every festive and holiday dinner. You can increase the shelf life of ham for upto 3 months by freezing it. 

Refrigerated ham has a shelf life of only 1 week. If you want to store it for a longer duration you have to freeze it. The shelf life of cooked ham is more as compared to the shelf life of uncooked ham.

What is ham?

Ham is made from pork and it is a cured form of pork that is usually obtained from the leg part. There are two proper ways of making ham: one is salting and the other one is bringing. It is made in the following three ways.

  • Dry curing which is also known as the salting method starts with washing and removing all of the blood from the meat after this the required herbs and salt is added to it. In the end, the ham is hung in a  particular environment where it is cured for 6 to 24 months.
  • Wet curing is also termed as bringing in this method instead of hanging the ham the meat is dipped in the brine water which contains salts and other spices for almost 2 weeks
  • Smoking ham is also very common and liked by people. To make a smoked ham the pork meat is subjected to smoke and flavours in it in a closed space.

What is the nutritional value of ham?

Ham is meat that is high in certain vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. The nutritional contents in 100 g of ham are as follows.

Nutrients Amount 
Energy 145kcal 
Carbohydrates 1.5 g
Fats 6 g
Protein 21g
Sodium 1203 mg
Potassium 287 mg
Cholesterol 53 mg
Vitamin D8%
Iron 8%
Vitamin B620%
Magnesium 3%
Vitamin B1211%

What is honey-baked ham and how to store it?

Honeybaked ham is a company that makes a variety of hams in different flavours. Ham from the honey-baked ham is stored well in the freezer.

Ham just like any other meat is a perishable food item that needs proper care and temperature while freezing. If you are freezing your ham by following certain steps then forget that it will go bad for 3 months.

Honey-baked ham can be frozen with bone or without bone.

  • First, let the ham completely cool.
  • Absorb the moisture from the surface of the ham with the help of a paper towel
  • Put your ham in the zip lock bag as a whole or cut it into pieces before putting it in the bag.
  • Remove the excess air from the bag after putting the ham in the bag. This will keep your meat fresh.
  • Before putting the pack in the freezer wrap foil around the bag this will prevent freezer burn.

Does eating honey-baked ham provide any health benefits?

Eating honey-baked ham can provide several health benefits, most of which are discussed below:

  • It is an excellent source of vitamin B 12 which is important for the normal regulation of the nervous system. Iron is present in ham which is a very important mineral as its major function is in the formation of red blood cells.
  • Ham is a rich source of protein. 100 g of ham gives you 21 g of protein. Protein helps in the growth of tissues and organs.
  •  Deficiency in vitamin B12  has also been connected to mental health issues such as depression and suicide ideation. The decreased levels of vitamin B12 can cause anaemia in the body.
  • This cured ham is a good source of  many important minerals like potassium, and zinc, and these minerals help as a substrate in the energy production process, and zinc present in it acts as an antibacterial. 
  • Choline is a vitamin-like compound that helps in improving the brain function of the child. Choline is water soluble and is present in meat and meat products.

What are the health concerns of eating frozen ham?

Ham is processed meat and it contains a lot of sodium in it. 100 g of ham contains 1203  mg of sodium in it which is high. This high amount of sodium contributes to the elevation of blood pressure and it also increases the risk of other chronic heart diseases.

Frozen ham can be contaminated with food pathogens which can cause food poisoning. 

Conclusion 

In the above text we discussed the question, “can you freeze honey baked ham?” We also got to know the nutritional value and health benefits of eating ham. We discussed the proper ways to store honey-baked ham. We also got to know if there are any health concerns about eating cooked and frozen ham.

References 

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Potassium-Consumer/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29438456/

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.