Dear Home Ec 101,
I have some ham in my fridge that may or may not be from Easter. How long is it safe to keep leftover ham?
Throw it out and that’s according to the FDA. Previously cooked ham can be stored in the fridge for 3 – 5 days, assuming you keep your refrigerator at 40F. If you use a vacuum sealer, you can extend the life of your leftovers by a considerable margin, but check the manufacturer’s guidelines.
You can freeze cooked ham for 1 – 2 months. When freezing meat, always be sure to wrap it properly to prevent freezer burn. This is especially important with certain meats, like ham, that have a high water content.
Here’s the lesson for today, “Know better, do better.” Don’t feel bad as you toss out this ham, just make a mental note for next time.