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Dec 24, 2004 10:29 AM

is my christmas ham ruined?

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I've seen others lament on similar topics lately... but not with ham. Being the genius I am, I bought a ham last night, and left it on the counter. Realized this morning (about 11 hours later). Put it in the fridge, but I fear it's a lost cause.

the ham is one a normal, fully cooked ham you buy at the grocery store, packed in cryovac or whatever the original sealed packaging is... If this were turkey or raw and uncured meat, I wouldn't even ask... but since this is cured ham and it was never taken out of the packaging... what do you think?

frankly, if I have to throw it out, I think we are going to have to go without a christmas ham this year. Can I save Christmas dinner?!

what do you think???

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  1. Bake it to 150 or so, and it will be fine. imho

    3 Replies
    1. re: Plano Rose

      My friend George insists on leaving the ham on the counter overnight before he makes it, he says there are so many preservatives in the ham, it would be impossible to go bad! And he wants to start at room temp.

      1. re: Amy G.

        hallelujah! the nitrates that saved christmas!

        thanks folks. For once, let us all give thanks for the masses of preservatives in prepared food.

        That's the christmas spirit.

        1. re: adamclyde

          lets see: its december the ham probably left its processing plant in august for its two month trip to the distribution center in a ninety degree rr boxcar and then on some eighteen wheeler where the driver said ill get the refrigeration unit fixed tomorrow morning cause im tired tonight...

    2. You should be fine. Plan on eating it.