Don't let leftover ham go to waste.

How to Freeze Cooked & Smoked Ham

by Zora Hughes

Cooked and smoked ham take center stage on many holiday dinner tables. If you have leftovers, you can easily store ham in the refrigerator for up to a week. However, if you have a lot, or even a whole cooked or smoked ham left untouched, you can keep it in the freezer for longer storage. While freezing ham affects the texture slightly, proper storage lets you and your family enjoy an edible and tasty ham weeks later.

Cut up the smoked or cooked ham into small portions. Slice the entire ham, dice it up for soups or casseroles, or break it into bite-sized chunks -- all depending on how you wish to eat the ham later.

Place your sliced or cut-up ham into airtight freezer bags. Divide the ham among several bags based on how much you plan to use at one time and how you plan to use it. Label the bags with the date you put them in the freezer, using a permanent marker.

Place the freezer bags with ham in a larger, airtight freezer container for extra protection from freezer burn.

Items you will need

  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Freezer-safe bags
  • Permanent marker
  • Freezer-safe container


  • Save the ham bone after cutting off the meat; you can use it later to make soup and stock.


  • Store the ham in the freezer for no more than two months, as recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food Safety and Inspection Service.

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.

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