Gosh, this takes me back to a memory I've been repressing for years ha ha... My mom once got a "time saving tip" from some magazine or another, suggesting "to save time preparing lunches, make a bunch of sandwiches at once and freeze them! Pop one in the brown bag and it will be thawed and tasty for lunch - so convenient!"
Well. She made about 10,000 ham sandwiches on white wonderbread with french's yellow mustard (no mayo, no butter). Just a slice of ham and mustard-stained white loaf. In those NON-SEALING sandwich baggies (the kind where you stick the sandwich in, and flip the end of the bag over to "close" it - it's not at all airtight). The first few sandwiches were... alright, I guess. I mean - ham and mustard on white? But as a kid, I thought this was decent. HOWEVER as time went on..... the whole family started to develop Ham Sandwich Dread. The loosely-closed bags caused not only the ham but the bread to dry out, freezer-burn, and take on other "freezer flavours." Ohmygoshhh *shudders* I wasn't able to enjoy a ham sandwich for literally years after that.
In other words - freeze the ham, but SEAL the bags, and save the sandwich-assembly for post-unthawing :)
Yes, it was definitely a big ham sale... LOL, they were big hams--whole or half-hams for $0.99/lb. I thought I was going to split it up with my family but they've all been too busy to stop by and get ham. It's been a chorus of "I'll stop by tomorrows" but it's now at the point where the leftovers need to be eaten ASAP or frozen.
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I like putting chunks of ham in my leafy green salads for a bit of protein. You could always make a boiled dinner substituting ham instead of corned beef. I do like a nice boiled dinner every now and then.
That must have been some ham sale if you have that much left over.
Chef salad is a great idea. I'm thinking that I'll have that for dinner tonight.
I found a recipe for ham and bean soup that uses great northern beans. So, I'm going to make a batch of that and freeze it. But, it only uses 2 cups of ham. Maybe I'll make a double-batch.
I also found a recipe for a ham and broccoli braid that uses crescent rolls. Maybe I could cut down on the calories by increasing the veggies and using something else as the shell or just by making it with a half-shell... I wonder if I could make up the filling and freeze it for later use.
I like the idea of freezing some slices, but, I wonder if they will dry out if not vacuum packed? I've never done it before.
Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 4/25/2013 (16:05)
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My dad used to buy vacuum sealed packs of cooked ham at Costco and freeze it and I remember it thawing fine. So maybe cut it up into 0.5-1lb sections and freeze?
Well, the grocery store had a ham sale and I bought one. The problem is that, even after making numerous ham sandwiches and split pea soup, I still probably have 5 lbs of ham left. I need to get it made up into things (hopefully things that are at least semi-healthy), portioned out and frozen before it goes bad.
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