"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > General Cooking
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-31-2005, 04:32 PM   #1
Senior Cook
chesterchippy's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Chester, NH
Posts: 204
Too much left-over ham

I bought way too much ham for Easter. We've had it for dinner 3 days, and there's ham & lentil soup tonight. Can I freeze the rest of the ham with good results or should I cook it in dishes that freeze better?


chesterchippy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2005, 04:53 PM   #2
Master Chef
crewsk's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Columbia, SouthCarolina
Posts: 9,368
Send a message via MSN to crewsk
Chesterchippy, bot do I ever know what you are going through!! I cooked a 10lb ham for 4 people & I've got leftovers out the wazoo!! I have frozen cooked ham with good results so that's what I'm getting ready to do with what we've got left. I'm tired of eating it.

"Treat everyone with politeness,even those who are rude to you - not because they are nice, but because you are."
crewsk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2005, 05:56 PM   #3
Executive Chef
marmalady's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: USA,SouthCarolina
Posts: 2,642
It freezes fine, and you don't have to make up dishes first. I would parcel it out into 'meal size' packages, and freeze. Freeze the bone, too, for some great soup!
marmalady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2005, 06:45 PM   #4
Sous Chef
Lugaru's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Body: Boston Heart: Mexico
Posts: 857
Send a message via AIM to Lugaru
I buy 10 pounds of cooked ham at a time (on the bone), chop it up and freeze it in bag's, dropping little bits into a pot of beans here or a fried rice there. I've never encountered any loss in quality and I mean I SUCK at freezing stuff (it's just in tied up shopping backs).
My english, she's not so good... I meant to say I did it with the malice of forethought.
Lugaru is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2005, 07:33 PM   #5
Sous Chef
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: PA
Posts: 584
I've also frozen ham. I'd advise making meal size portions and don't freeze for more than a couple of months.
Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back.--unknown, at least to me
purrfectlydevine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2005, 08:07 PM   #6
Executive Chef
AllenOK's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: USA, Oklahoma
Posts: 3,463
I like to buy a good-sized Dearborn Ham (with bone) from my boss about once a year. I slice most of it into slices, and package it into 8 oz portions, then freeze. Some of it gets cut into large dice for beans, and frozen. I usually leave one good-sized chunk for baking.

The sliced ham usually gets used for sandwiches, diced finely for omelettes, or diced finely for Jambalaya. That is, as long as the older boys don't find it and eat it out-of-hand.
Peace, Love, and Vegetable Rights!
Eat Meat and Save the Plants!
AllenOK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2005, 09:11 PM   #7
Senior Cook
Heat's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Central Florida, USA
Posts: 390
Send a message via Yahoo to Heat
Smile Yummy leftover ham

Oh yeah! Freeze that Ham! Put in individual ziplock freezer bags. I use mine in beans (all kinds). and Scallopped Potatoes and ham, Macaroni and cheese casseroles, Cabbage and Ham (yummy). Theres bunches of stuff to use your frozen ham for. If you would like my recipes for these ' just let me know!
"There is no fear in love;
but perfect love casteth out fear"
-The Bible
Heat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2005, 09:25 PM   #8
Executive Chef
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Johnstown, Ohio
Posts: 2,525
In my experience, ham freezes better than any other type of meat.
DampCharcoal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2005, 10:14 PM   #9
Head Chef
auntdot's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 2,418
A few years ago for Easter we asked the butcher for a fresh ham. He made special efforts to find one.

Silly us, we should have specified a half ham but when he presented us with a 17 lb full ham, , we did not have the heart to tell him we wanted only half.

Were so stunned at the idea of 17 lb of ham for just the two of us, didn't ask him to cut it in two. So purchased a hacksaw and did the job ourselves.

Cooked most of it and used it in any way we could imagine.

Finally just froze a bunch which worked fine.

Cured ham freezes even better. It's very hard for the two of us to use even a small half ham without freezing some. And when we can find cottage rolls, not common around here, we stock up and freeze them. Never had a problem and the stuff tastes great when defrosted.
auntdot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2005, 01:02 AM   #10
DC Grandma
Dove's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: USA,California
Posts: 3,217
I froze mine using my new food saver and it tasted like it was just baked.I was very pleased with it since I've never used the food saver before.

May I always be the person my dog thinks I am.

Walk towards the Sunshine and the Shadows will fall behind you!
Dove is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:29 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.