How long will a glazed ham last for?

I have a ham, which I glazed.

It was in a vac pack, and does not expire for 2 months.

Since I have removed it from the vac pack, glazed and cooked it. How long will it last in the fridge?

Also what is the best way to keep it?

And how should I store the remainder in the freezer? Cut it up into steaks? Cubes? etc?


My question from last year, still not really sure what to do. I have a 10kg ham in a vac pack (not frozen). It says use by 2nd of January. I'm going to glaze and cook it. So how long can I keep it in a fridge?

Also what is the best way to keep it?

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And after cooked (couldn't help but try a piece)

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The official answer is generally only a few days for meat in the fridge ...

Ham can be different, as it's salt cured, so depending on the salt content can last longer without freezing it.

As for freezing it, it really depends on how you plan to use it:

  • It's most convenient to cut it up in the same way that you're going to use it, so that you can just pull it and use it easily
  • For maximum storage time, the less surface area (larger pieces) the better. Diced ham will get freezer burnt much faster than just bagging a 1lb chunk.
  • As with freezing most meats, you want to double wrap it to prevent moisture loss (and freezer burn).

So, I'd go ahead and ask yourself how you envision using it up, and how quickly. For instance, if you think you'll make a pot of ham and black bean soup in the next month or so, go ahead and dice it now and freeze it, and you can just pull and dump it when it's time. If you like ham steaks, slice them up, wrap and freeze those -- you can always chop it up further to fold into a casserole once it's thawed, if you have to. If you have so much that you think you're going to get sick of ham and need a break, freeze it in a large chunk ... but you'll want to give it a day to defrost in the fridge so you can actually cut into it when you want to use it.

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    I don't think there is anything to add to that (and trust me, I racked my brain). Personally, I'd trust a cured ham in the fridge for a week, possibly longer, but I live on the edge.
    – Jolenealaska
    Dec 18, 2013 at 13:47
  • So how long for a salted/cured ham? Is in packet different form out of it? How does cooking it affect it?
    – Petah
    Dec 24, 2013 at 9:16

Per FoodSafety.gov (a service of the US Department of Health and Human Services), such a fresh ham can be stored 3-5 days before cooking, and 3-4 days after cooking. (Note that the applicable category for this product is "fresh ham.")

How you store the remainder (whole, slicing, cubing) is up to you, and is more about what is convenient for how you plan to use the left-overs than anything else.

In any case, to help prevent it drying out or picking up odors from the other item in the refrigerator, you will want to wrap it well or store it in a sealed container.


It is fine, most people are not familiar with a fresh ham, being it is the leg of the pig used for cured ham, it will last another week or so, when you go to cook it, wash the rind, make some slits with a sharp knife to have the fat render and the crackling get crisp, it takes awhile as it is fairly big so brown it for 20 minutes at 350 d F drop the heat for 3-4 hours at 325 d F, seasonings are find, but the meat will not get much, maybe the night before get it ready make some wholes with the same knife you use on the rind, slice up a few cloves of garlic and insert them into the meaty portion and the roast the next day, if it get to brown, cover it with foil to prevent it from burning, I have not had one in years, my mother usually got one for Easter, it will last awhile, leftover are very possible.

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    The only portion of this which answers the question is "it will last another week or so", and we'd much prefer less vague, more authoritative answers than that.
    – Cascabel
    Dec 19, 2013 at 20:16

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