How To Preserve Ham

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How to preserve ham?”, and discuss the different methods of preserving ham and the potential implications of preserving ham.

How To Preserve Ham

You can preserve ham in various ways like freezing cooked or uncooked ham, also taking care that the size is checked. This must be needed since ham is a slice of tasty meat that finds a welcome place on dinner tables for holiday meals or between slices of bread for daily sandwiches.

Freezing Cooked Ham on the Bone

Dry the ham off with a paper towel or cloth. As known cooking can take away much of the moisture present in uncooked ham, one still needs to remove as much of what is leftover from the surface of the ham as possible. Excess moisture can cause freezer burn and toughness, which will affect the taste when the ham is thawed and reheated.

Leave the ham in the fridge for about two hours to fully cool down. This process will further dry the ham and prepare it for being placed in frozen storage. It is necessary to check back on the ham after an hour to see if it has cooled.

The time the ham will take to cool will depend on various factors, like how hot it was when served, how long it sat out while eating, and how cold the fridge is.

Place the whole amount of ham into a freezer-safe bag.  It is asked to remove as much of the air from the bag as possible. Leaving air inside the bag can cause uneven freezing or can make the stored ham toughen.

If one has a vacuum-sealer, it should be as directed to remove the air from the bag.

 If there ain’t any vacuum-sealer, place a straw into the bag and close the bag around it. Suck out all of the air through the straw, and then quickly take the straw out and close the bag.

Wrap the bagged ham tightly with aluminum foil and label it with the date. Wrapping the ham will further protect the ham from freezer burn and preserve flavor. Cooked ham will safely last up to two months in the freezer without worry.

Writing the date in a permanent marker will make sure that one stays within that time frame.

Clear a space in the freezer for the ham and put it in: The safest place to freeze meat is on the lowest shelf, where the freezer is coldest.

Freezing Slices or Small Portions of Cooked Ham

Cool the ham down by placing it into the fridge for about an hour. Cooling makes the ham easier to work with. It also helps to remove excess moisture from the surface.

Cut the ham into smaller portions if you have not already done so. It is asked to use a sharp knife, slice or chop, and dice the ham. The pieces can be as large or small depending on the requirement of the people but should be relatively uniform in size.

Keeping pieces roughly the same size helps to ensure that the ham freezes and will thaw evenly.

Separate the slices or pieces into serving sizes. On a large plate, make several groupings of single servings of the ham. A single serving of ham is around 85 g, which is roughly the same weight as a deck of cards. Serving sizes can also be generally measured as being the same size as the palm as well, though this might be harder to use as a guide for slices of ham.

Place individual portions of the ham into freezer-safe bags. Each bag should contain an amount that will be comfortable with defrosting and eating completely since no one will not want to refreeze the ham once it has thawed.

For example, if one would like to eat two servings of ham for dinner, place two servings into the bag. Depending on how large one wants the portions to be, one may need bags that are gallon-sized, quart-sized, sandwich-sized or a combination of the three.

Remove as much air from the bag as you can. This can be done most effectively with a vacuum sealer. If one does not own one, they can remove most of the air by placing a straw into the bag, closing the seal around the straw, and then sucking the air out. Once most of the air has been sucked out, it is suggested to quickly pull the straw out and seal the bag shut.

Wrap the individual portion bags with aluminum foil and write the date on each. Aluminum foil adds an extra layer of protection from freezer burn. The ham is seen to last up to two months safely in the freezer.

Put the aluminum foil-wrapped bags of ham into the freezer. Make sure to let the ham completely freeze before defrosting. This should take about a day at most, though this length of time is affected by how cold you keep your freezer.


In this brief guide, we answered the question “How to preserve ham?”, and discussed the different methods of preserving ham and the potential implications of preserving ham.

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