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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