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LADYSTARWIND SparkPoints: (27,785)
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4/26/13 12:19 A

My leftover Easter ham went into several chunks in the freezer...and a from-scratch-Lima- Bean-Bake! And after a few good meals, the Lima Bean Bake leftovers are also is in the freezer. ENJOY!

JO88BAKO SparkPoints: (178,651)
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4/25/13 11:50 P

Portion it out and freeze

BNGARZA SparkPoints: (3,806)
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4/25/13 9:08 P

It's not healthy but oh so good.
4 hoogies rolls split
1 jar pizza quick sauce
1 8oz bag cheese ( we like the pizza blend)
8 ham slices

Place a layer of pizza sauce on each side on the rolls.
place 1 ham slice on each side of roll
sprinkle cheese on all rolls

Bake for 10 mins
broil for 3 to 5 mins to finish melting cheese.
let set for 5 minutes emoticon fold and enjoy!

It's a family favorite for left over ham

SUZZQ4LIFE SparkPoints: (26,789)
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4/25/13 8:51 P

I love making ham and bean soup with my leftovers. Another great use is scalloped potatoes and ham. That's not the most healthy way though. You can use it in tortilla roll ups too.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,329
4/25/13 5:29 P

Scalloped potatoes with ham = good

FROZEN scalloped potatoes (with or without ham) = WARNING! WARNING! Cooked potatoes do not freeze well!!!!! They get a weird funky texture and taste upon reheating.

Just... thought I'd throw that public service announcement in there. I've learned the hard way.

CARTOON3 Posts: 1,591
4/25/13 5:27 P

what about scalloped potatoes and ham, beans and ham, omellet with ham.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,329
4/25/13 5:10 P

It should be ok.

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 :)

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 1,929
4/25/13 4:43 P

It's sliced into medium-thickness slices for sandwiches. Everyone said this was what they wanted, so I sliced it all with my slicer. Do you know if it will dry out if I freeze it in slices?

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,496)
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4/25/13 4:35 P

Just cut it into chunks and freeze it, then you can use it in things as you need it. :)

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 1,929
4/25/13 4:18 P

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.


ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (143,183)
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4/25/13 4:05 P

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.

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LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 1,929
4/25/13 4:04 P

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)
LEC358 SparkPoints: (9,740)
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4/25/13 3:58 P

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?

SHERYLDS Posts: 12,182
4/25/13 3:57 P

egg white omelette with red bell peppers, ham and mushrooms?

and here is a slideshow of other healthy ham recipes
www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_sl
ideshows/healthy_ham_recipes


BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,329
4/25/13 3:42 P

Well... you can use it in fried rice... or uhm... Darn. Ham! Sorry, that's all I can think of at the moment, and it'll use up about 4 ounces of that 5 pounds... lol...

Or.. wait! Chef salad? It would be a nice topping on a crispy green salad! (another 4 ounces accounted for) :)

Edited by: BUNNYKICKS at: 4/25/2013 (15:43)
LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 1,929
4/25/13 3:33 P

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.

So...
What do you all do with your leftover ham?

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