My first country ham and I need some advice
I bought a Smithfield country ham for Easter, I scrubbed it clean and started to slice it (very thin) as I have read to do. However, now I am not sure what to do next, does it need to be refrigerated? How long will it last? Can I freeze a chunk of it? I appreciate any and all advice, thanks.
Have you fried some of those slices and tasted them?
Some of those hams need soaking because they are so salty. That's especially true if you are going to cook it whole.
Even though it's a cured ham, once you slice it you should refrigerate it. Ham lasts a long time, but like any meat it will spoil. I'd freeze any ham that you don't plan on eating in the next couple of weeks. You can freeze the whole thing, but I prefer to freeze packages of slices. If you don't plan on using the bone right away, freeze it too. You can put the frozen bone in a crockpot of soup and let it simmer all day. Especially good in split pea soup.
I think I'd stick it in the fridge and am very confident that leftovers can be put in the freezer if sealed tightly. I love country ham for breakfast but have never eaten it fresh for dinner. It sounds great. Happy Easter!
We had a Smithfield ham every year for the holidays. Mom would soak it for 48 hours in many changes of water, then scrub with a wire brush. Poach in water about 20 minutes/pound. Drain, pat dry, glaze and bake at 400 for about 20 minutes to brown. Delicious!