Get the most from your Christmas ham


Tips and Tricks


Wednesday, December 5, 2018 10:00 PM

Christmas dinner


Christmas is a time for sharing delicious food, but it can also be a peak time for food waste. 

The Christmas ham is an essential on many festive menus and storing your ham properly can mean you can enjoy your leftover ham for days and even weeks to come.

It also helps to have a few recipes up your sleeve to get the most out of your leftovers. 

Here are some of our top tips for your Christmas ham:

  • Check the expiry date before you purchase and choose a ham with the longest Use By date.
  • Transport your ham in an insulated bag to keep it cold from the shops to your fridge.
  • Store fresh ham in the refrigerator inside a ham bag or pillowcase that's been soaked in a weak vinegar and water solution. Wring out the bag so its damp but not dripping. Rinse and refresh the ham bag every 2-3 days. It will last for over a week.
  • If you have a lot of leftover ham, freeze larger slices of cooked ham for 1-2 months and use in cooked dishes like frittatas, quiches, pasta and pizzas. 
  • When the ham is finished, the bone can be frozen to use in pea and ham soup.  


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The average Victorian household wastes $39 worth of food per week.