Can You Cook a Frozen Ham?

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Frozen Ham. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Don't sweat it, if you forgot to pull your holiday ham out of the freezer, or it simply hasn't thawed as quickly as you expected. It's perfectly safe to cook a frozen ham. Just know that it takes about 50% longer to cook a fully-frozen ham. Find this uscdirectory.usc.edu.

Cooking Temperatures

Preheat your oven to 325° (or higher). Then, place your ham in the oven, and cook it until its internal temperature meets or exceeds the following: Recommended Reading vystar credit union orange park fl.

Cooked Ham (vacuum-packed at the plant) - 140°
Cooked Ham (that has been repackaged by you or someone else) - 165°
Uncooked Ham (labeled fresh, cook-before-eating or uncured)  - 145° More hints.

Cooking Times

Trying to gauge how much longer it will take to cook your frozen ham? Use this chart to look up the estimated cooking time.

                                                                                               Cooking Times

Type of HamWeight in lbsThawed: Minutes/lbFrozen: Minutes/lb
Smoked Ham, cook-before-eating
Whole, bone-in10-1418-2027-30
Half, bone-in5-722-2533-38
Smoked Ham, cooked
Whole, bone-in10-1415-1823-27
Half, bone-in5-718-2427-36
Vacuum-packed, boneless6-1210-1515-23
Spiral cut, whole or half7-910-1815-27
Fresh, uncooked
Whole leg, bone-in12-1622-2633-39
Whole leg, boneless10-1424-2836-42
Half, bone-in5-835-4053-60

Note: Cooking times will vary. Check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer to determine when your ham is done.

Cooking Small Portions

If you pulled sliced ham, bacon or another small portion out of the freezer, you can use these tips to thaw your meat quickly

*All recommendations are based on current USDA guidelines.

What to Do with Your Leftover Ham

When you get tired of eating ham sandwiches, use up the rest of your leftover ham in some of these recipes, or pop it back in the freezer to enjoy later.

It's perfectly fine to refreeze meat. Here's the scoop on how long ham is good for

Be sure to hang on to the ham bone, too. It can be used to make soup, broth and many other tasty recipes. If you're not up for making any of those things now, you can always freeze the ham bone for later.

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