Whole Cooked Ham Freezer Bulk Prep Ideas

Ham Freezer Bulk Prep
 

Easter and Christmas are typically the best seasons of the year to stock up on ham. It’s when we see the lowest price per pound. I like to do my stock up and then instead of freezing a whole ham and trying to figure out what to do with it later, prep it for my freezer in easier to use meal size portions.

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I start by having the meat department at my local store slice the ham for me. Walmart, Family Fare and Meijer have always done this for FREE for me, so there’s no cost incurred. I have a portion of it sliced deli thin and the remainder sliced into about 1/4″ ham “steak” thickness.

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When it gets home, it’s go time. I slice the “steaks” again into sizes that are easier to cook in a frying pan later on. We like to just pull them from the freezer and thaw them, then put them in the pan and let them heat and carmelize for a main dish. These are done in portions that make 1 meal for a family of 4 and stored in a quart size freezer bag.

It’s important to note, the cooked ham will last a lot longer in a freezer without freezer burn than a raw meat will because it’s already been cooked.

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After the majority of the ham has been packaged, I take the ends and small pieces and dice them up. They get packaged in portions for use in omelets, casseroles and scalloped potatoes.

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The portion that I have sliced into lunchmeat is divided two ways. First, we make freezer sandwiches for school lunches. These are just bread, meat and cheese. They come out of the freezer in the morning and go in a lunch box. They are thawed, but still cold when the kids go to eat them later.

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The remainder is portioned into freezer bags so they can be thawed in smaller portions as we want to make sandwiches over the summer.

Do you bulk prep ham? What else do you like to do with it?

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How to Freeze Produce

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Have you gone crazy stocking up during a good sale? Even if there isn’t a super sale going on, freezing produce is a great way to stretch a dollar.

Don’t shy away from reduced produce unless it shows signs of mold.  Bruised bananas can be peeled, peppers can be washed and cut.  It’s the best way to save money in a department where coupons are hard to find. (This goes the same for the meat department!).

My number one tip for freezing produce is to freeze them on a cookie sheet before in baggies.  It helps keep everything from mushing together in the freezer.

Strawberries

I found an great trick on Pinterest to prolong the life of berries.  We’ve been doing this for about 6 months and it really works.  When you bring your berries home, get a big bowl of cold water ready.  I know they have always said NOT to wash berries, but this trick works, I promise!

Into the bowl of water, add 1 cup of white vinegar.  Dump your berries in there for 30 seconds, then remove.  DO NOT rinse.  You can put a paper towel in the bottom of the container and return the berries, or chop to freeze.

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Strawberries: Chop and freeze on cookie sheet BEFORE in baggies

Peppers

These are pretty straight forward, but I would like to highlight the different ways I chop them to freeze.  It’s helpful to vary them for certain recipes.  I like to do a half cut for stuffed peppers, strips for fajitas and chopped for sauces.  Freeze them on a cookie sheet before placing them in baggies.

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Green Onions

Did you know you can freeze green onions?  Chew some gum while you cut them to cut back on the tears!

I chop them up, then put them in an old coffee creamer container (another Pinterest idea!).  I can shake them out when I need them for salads, soups or potatoes!

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Mushrooms

Clean and chop, freeze on a cookie sheet.  I like to keep some whole for certain recipes and most whole.  I don’t mind the stems, so I keep them on there when I clean.

The easiest way to clean mushrooms is to dampen a paper towel.  Since they are so absorbent, it’s not a great idea to wash them under water.

By now you get the general idea:

  • Clean
  • Slice
  • Freeze on a cookie sheet for a couple of hours
  • Store in baggies or containers

Happy shopping and freezing!

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