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Christmas ham still in shrink wrap
Is it still OK to eat?

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#1 Handsfull

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:28 PM

I bought it the week leading up to Christmas and it is still shrink wrapped.  However has no use by date on it and not sure whether it would be safe to still eat?


#2 laura7

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:36 PM

Hi OP.  Where did you get it from.  It should have a use by date?  I have one too that  I purchased pre-Christmas and it is dated 24/01 which means I better get to it soon or waste $50.  It would be good if the use by date was a month later when school went back but the label on mine says consume in 5 days after opening.  Typical!  I hate wasting food but bought it because I thought we would eat it over Christmas/NY.

#3 Jax12

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:41 PM

Can you give it the ole sniff test?  If there's no one with a compromised immune system/pregnant that will be eating it would you be right it if it smelt okay?  I know deli ham turns my stomach the minute it's more than a couple of days old...

#4 fifi-trixibelle

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:51 PM

I've never seen one without a date on it/

#5 lovingmother

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:55 PM

As my dad always said as he was a butcher if in cryovac  than it will be fine.

#6 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:57 PM

It's fine if it is cryovaced for non-pregnant peoples.

It can be frozen as well if you are not going to manage to eat it all in the magic 5 days.  Which I tend to regard as a guideline and not a rule.

#7 Holidayromp

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:00 PM

I would bake it first which will extend its shelf life.  Have a lovely baked ham one night and then yummy tasting basted ham flavour served cold afterwards.

We have already been through two hams and I am going to bake the third for something different.

#8 Handsfull

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:36 PM

Its been cryovac''d and I bought it from a butcher.  It has the packaged date on it but no use by date.  

I will give it a whirl and see.  No pg or sensitive people here!  LOL!

#9 Georgie01

Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:35 PM

My butcher says that you have at least two months from the packed date for cryovacced meat.

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