Even if you aren't having a huge Christmas party of family and friends this year, there's a good chance you'll still have more than enough ham left after your holiday meal. One of the unbreakable principles of a Christmas ham is that if you prepare one, you'll have leftovers.
"If you look at the delectable Christmas ham with its sparkling glaze on Christmas Day, it's reasonable to imagine that nothing will be leftover. But every year, we wind up with much more ham than we could eat," says the queen of the kitchen and kids party planner Olivia Jones of Balloons Sydney.
These situations leave us asking: how to store and use our leftover Christmas ham?
We'll find answers to your Christmas ham questions with Circle B Ranch and Marina's Kitchen, who are well versed in all aspects of the Christmas ham, from selecting the right kind of ham for your Christmas dinner to cooking it and even cutting it. As if that weren't enough, we've also got tips on how to preserve your Christmas ham in the fridge and recipes for using up the leftovers.
How To Store Your Leftover Ham?
When it comes to Christmas dinner, ham is always the centrepiece, but how long it lasts depends on how it's stored. If you've served or glazed ham, put it back in the fridge as soon as reasonably practicable. A moist tea towel or a Ham Bag can keep your leg ham fresh for longer if you store it in the refrigerator. Soak the towel or bag into a mixture of 1-litre water and two teaspoons white vinegar, then press off the excess water. A Christmas ham can last for a few weeks with the proper storing methods.
Christmas Ham Leftovers Storage Tips
- If you wish to store your leftover Christmas ham in the freezer, do so as soon as you've finished carving it.
- Consider replacing the tea towel or bag every 1-2 days, or sooner if the ham begins to dry up.
- Alternatively, cut the ham into desired serving sizes and refrigerate it for later use.
- You should refrigerate leftover hams at a temperature of 4°C or less.
- Do not open vacuum-sealed hams until you are ready to cook them
- Place raw meat on shelves inside the fridge underneath your ham.
How Long Does The Leftover Ham Last?
With proper storage, leftover Christmas ham may last for up to two weeks. At the same time, a frozen ham stored in a freezer can last up to a month.
What To Do With Leftover Christmas Ham?
While it may seem like a silly task at first, it is possible and easy to use your leftover Christmas ham without wasting a single piece of it. You can make every meal better with the addition of a smoky piece of meat.
Ham and cheese scones, baked ham and cheese sliders, or a breakfast ham and cheese pinwheels are just a few of the ways you can use your leftover ham for breakfast if you want something sumptuous to start your day, try Big John's hamburger that comes with a unique Big John's Chop Sauce.
Lunch options include ham salad in crostini, an egg and ham wrap, or a ham and carrot pie.
Discover all the beautiful ways that you may combine leftover Christmas ham with split peas. You may use Christmas ham to create a soup, salad, or pasta with peas and ham, all of which can be made with the leftovers.
Try a simple spaghetti with ham, cottage cheese, and asparagus paired with fried rice or a savory ham and cheese bread pudding for dinner.
You Can't Go Wrong With An Old-Fashioned Ham For Christmas Dinner This Year!
So don't worry! Even if your Christmas gathering is smaller than in previous years, you don't have to cut down on the food. Make a Christmas cocktail, bake some sides, and bake a big ole' Christmas ham, knowing that you'll have lots of ideas for what to do with the leftovers after you're done.
Where to find the best premium cut hams and ingredients to cook them? Circle B Ranch and Marina's Kitchen has everything you need. Taste distinct flavor and texture of natural-raised and see the difference. You may also sample the chutneys, dipping sauces, and Bloody Mary's.
Everybody needs more of these delectable foods this year, and the present that keeps on coming is the best one. Contact us for your needs—we'll be happy to help bring good tasting foods to your family's table.