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How to Freeze Ham Slices
As mentioned, in order to freeze leftover ham, it’s a good idea to slice it beforehand. If you don’t, you will have to defrost the whole meat, which might not be too convenient, depending on how you plan on using it. Slice your ham as you please, we find the nice thick and juicy slices are the best! Here’s how to freeze your sliced ham.
- Leave to Cool
If you’ve recently taken your ham out of the oven, make sure it has cooled to room temperature before you freeze it. You should never place warm or hot meat directly in the freezer.
- Stack your Slices
Once you’ve cut your ham into slices, stack them on top of each other, separating them with a slice of greaseproof paper. It’s important that you do this, or the slices will stick together in the freezer.
- Place in a Freezer-Safe Bag
Put your stacked ham inside a freezer-safe bag. Push as much of the air as possible out of the bag as possible before you seal it, to protect your ham slices from freezer burn.
- Label and Freeze
You’re now ready to place your ham slices in the freezer. Remember to mark the bag with the date the meat was cooked, as well as the use-by date, which is two months from the day you initially freeze your ham.
3 Tips for Freezing Ham Slices
Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing ham slices to have the best results:
- Wrap Individually to Protect – If you’re worried about freezer burn, you can wrap your ham slices individually in cling film before you place them in a freezer-safe bag. While this isn’t overly environmentally friendly, it will help preserve your ham if you prefer.
- Freeze Whole – If you’re planning to use your ham as a whole (for a roast dinner in the future, for instance), it’s perfectly safe to freeze it without slicing it up beforehand. Simply wrap it well in cling film and transfer it to a freezer-safe bag.
- Freeze Shop-Bought – You can also freeze shop-bought ham slices, they don’t necessarily have to be from a freshly cooked ham. If this is the case, just be sure to check the use-by date before freezing.
How Long Can You Freeze Ham Slices?
You can freeze ham slices for around two months.
If you think you will use your ham within two days of cooking it, you can always preserve the slices in the refrigerator, instead of freezing them. However, you should never store your ham at room temperature, as this will allow harmful bacteria to grow on the meat and could cause illness.
You Can Freeze Ham Slices for up to 2 Months
How Do You Defrost Ham Slices?
When you’re ready to defrost your ham slices, the safest method is to remove them from the freezer and allow them to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. You should never thaw your ham or any other meat for that matter at room temperature or in the sink.
If you’re in a hurry, it’s possible to defrost your ham in the microwave, by placing it in water in an airtight bag, and microwaving it on the lowest setting. If you do this, you need to cook your ham straight away after thawing.
Can You Refreeze Ham Slices?
Providing you have defrosted your ham slices safely in the refrigerator, it’s perfectly safe to refreeze any you haven’t used after you’ve thawed them. That being said, we always recommend that you only try and take out what you need, as refreezing meat could affect the taste and overall texture, particularly if you do it more than once.
Do Ham Slices Freeze Well?
Ham slices freeze extremely well. If you’re worried about freezer burn, as has been mentioned, you could always wrap your slices individually in cling film before placing them in a freezer-safe bag.
While we’ve focused on ham slices in this guide, ham of any type freezes extremely well. So, if you plan on dicing it for use in a curry or stew, or even leaving it whole to enjoy as a family in the near future, you will find that your ham will be extremely well preserved in the freezer.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing ham slices or ham in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Sliced Ham from the Supermarket?
You can freeze supermarket-bought ham or packet ham, provided that you do so before the use-by date. The method for freezing is very similar to the above method. If, however, you haven’t unsealed the ham then you can freeze it in the packet you bought it in.
Can You Freeze Parma Ham?
Parma ham is not something we would recommend freezing. The texture becomes completely ruined. Generally speaking, it will last for several months in the fridge instead.