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Old 06-25-2005, 09:46 PM   #1
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can you freeze sliced Black Forest Ham

i bought more than i can use and the person who sliced it said you can't freeze it because it does not have preservatives.

does that sound right?

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Old 06-25-2005, 10:24 PM   #2
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is it cooked or raw? I think that might make a difference. If its cooked I think you can freeze it.
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Old 06-25-2005, 11:13 PM   #3
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i bought more than i can use and the person who sliced it said you can't freeze it because it does not have preservatives.

does that sound right?
Nope - and the person who told you that obviously didn't know what they were talking about. A Black Forest ham is cured - it has a couple of "added" preservatives .... salt and smoke.

But, it doesn't need preservatives to freeze it ... otherwise you couldn't freeze fresh fish, shellfish, beef, chicken, lamb, ducks, turkey, vinison, bison, etc.
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Old 06-26-2005, 12:23 AM   #4
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I buy a whole black forest ham, slice it myself, package it, and freeze half of it all the time. Once thawed, you can't tell the difference between the ham that had been frozen and the ham that hadn't.
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Old 06-26-2005, 10:06 AM   #5
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Cool

thank you for your assistance. it's in the deep freeze.
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Old 06-26-2005, 05:38 PM   #6
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Ham will be a bit drier and stronger flavored when thawed, but is still fine. If it's a smoky ham, it'll be smokier; if a salty one, it will be saltier. But I freeze it all the time, and lord knows my mom froze everything! As you thaw you'll get a little puddle of water; freezing draws out the natural water in just about anything you freeze. Pour it off (or dab with a paper towel) if you don't want the liquid (if you're making soup, well, toss it in).
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Old 06-26-2005, 05:43 PM   #7
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This is where a FoodSaver comes in...I love mine. I bought a large pack of Pork Chops on sale at Costco yesterday and put two at a time im my Foodsaver bags, with drew all the air and they are in the freezer now. (vaccume packs)
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Freeze it! Comes out fine. I put it in freezer bags, squeez as much of the air out as I can and it freezes fine
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