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Refreezing Ham

pekoe's picture

I have a black forest ham that was frozen. I defrosted it but I still have some left. Can I refreeze it? It is fully cooked.

Jean's picture

(post #33916, reply #1 of 10)

I hope it's OK to do.  I do it all the time. Although now I'm getting a little smarter. I'm separating the leftovers into serving size pieces and slipping them into sandwich baggies before I freeze in a larger package. Then I can take out what I will need and return the larger package to the freezer without thawing the entire thing.  That's a hint- I think I'll send it in. :0



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Gretchen's picture

(post #33916, reply #2 of 10)

Nah, don't bother. "WAY, 'WAY too practical and useful and economical.  ;o)  Reminded me that I have a ham in the downstairs fridge to fix.

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Ozark's picture

(post #33916, reply #4 of 10)

I do the same but wrap the servings in Saran Wrap and then in baggie. Stops the freezer burn.

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soupereasy's picture

(post #33916, reply #3 of 10)

I do it all the time as well. Funny enough I too portion it before I freeze it. Gosh, maybe I should send that in as a helpful hint? LOL

ashleyd's picture

(post #33916, reply #5 of 10)

The general advice seems to be if you thawed it in the refrigerator then you're OK to refreeze. If you let it rise to room temperature you're on less sure ground. It depends on how warm it got, for how long, likely pathogen infection and growth. If in doubt throw it out.


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pekoe's picture

(post #33916, reply #6 of 10)

Thanks everyone. It was defrosted in the fridge, so I will freeze what I don't use. I guess next time it would be a good idea to separate it into individual portions before I freeze it.

assibams's picture

(post #33916, reply #7 of 10)

Why would you have to freeze the ham in the first place? And isn't black forest ham brined and smoked, not cooked? Brining and smoking is what is done to be able to keep it without refrigeration. If you have a cool attic, basement, pantry, just hang what is left on a string. At worst it will dry out a little more. I take it we're talking an unsliced ham, no?


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Gretchen's picture

(post #33916, reply #8 of 10)

I think these are brand name Black Forest hams= city cure hams. If you're going to keep leftovers of these a while, they need to be frozen.

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assibams's picture

(post #33916, reply #9 of 10)

City cure sounds weird, makes me think of hospital care, not ham LOL


But that explains a lot. Thanks, Gretchen.



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Gretchen's picture

(post #33916, reply #10 of 10)

I know. I have only recently even heard it--we know the difference between a supermarket ham and a country ham 'round these here parts, but it takes some 'splainin' for others!!  ;o)

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