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Ham-How Long In Fridge?

scuzzo Feb 28, 2008 08:38 AM

So how long do you think a cooked ham can be kept in the fridge?

  1. scuzzo Mar 1, 2008 03:57 PM

    Just to be safe I simmered it in my crockpot with lots of bay leaf and some star anise just for fun, and it was good, plus I cooked off a lot of the fat. And I lived to tell about it.

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      marcharry Feb 29, 2008 05:40 PM

      The ham is cooked and smoked. Like many foods - it may be spoiled but I don't think that its going to hurt you. Its a matter of taste - blue cheese - mouldy, right?

      I am not an expert though, maybe it develops pathogens.

      1. Non Cognomina Feb 28, 2008 11:48 AM

        Is this ham cured or boiled? Whole or cut?

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        1. re: Non Cognomina
          scuzzo Feb 28, 2008 11:51 AM

          Cured, spiral sliced.

          1. re: scuzzo
            Non Cognomina Feb 28, 2008 12:07 PM

            According to the Feds, 3-7 days, depending on the ham specifics.


            Of course, I always go by the smell test. If it smells funky, through it out. I've had a ham last 2 or more weeks before the funk smell came around.

            1. re: Non Cognomina
              scuzzo Feb 28, 2008 01:56 PM

              I bought a ham right after Christmas, and it got shove to the back of the fridge. It smells just fine! Something like pepperoni seems to keep forever...

              What if I heat it thoroughly in the Crock Pot before eating?

              1. re: scuzzo
                Non Cognomina Feb 28, 2008 03:44 PM

                I wouldn't advise it. I'd say it's an "eat at your own risk" item after that long.

                1. re: scuzzo
                  wawajb Feb 29, 2008 04:41 AM

                  I'm suprised it hasn't dried out by now.

                  For the record I almost always take the risk on borderline things like that. Ham in particular...as long as your fridge is properly cold...I'd eat it after heating. But do so at your own risk.

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