How to store your Christmas ham

Ham bagIf you’re eating one of our delicious Manuka-smoked hams this Christmas, make sure you keep it in the best possible condition.

A ham bag is perfect for this – we have cotton ham bags in stock for $5.99 each –  but a clean cotton tea towel or pillow case is also fine.

Soak the bag in about a litre of cold water to which you’ve added 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Squeeze out the excess liquid, but leave the bag damp. Place your cut ham inside and refrigerate. Repeat the process every couple of days or every day if the bag dries out in your fridge. Do not wrap hams firmly, allow for some air circulation (to avoid sweating).

We suggest washing the ham bag before use in a hot wash, so it’s really clean. The ham bag can be washed and reused next year or whenever you buy a leg of ham.

Don’t let any leftover ham go to waste. Freezing ham is a great way to preserve it to use in casserole, soups, and other dishes. Dice it or slice it into ham steaks and freeze in portions likely to suit your future use requirements. Cooked ham freezes well for about three months.