Need advice on defrosting a Smithfield ham

Discussion in 'Pork' started by kryinggame, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. kryinggame

    kryinggame Smoking Fanatic

    Hi gang,

    On Saturday, I have to attend a funeral.  I'm going to prepare a ham for the dinner. 

    I've had a Smithfield ham in my freezer since Thanksgiving and just pulled it out yesterday (Sunday).

    Here's the dilemmas:

    1 - The package says to use by February, 2013.  This is not September, 2013.  Is it safe to eat?

    2 - What's the best way to defrost i?  To speed up time, is it advisable to defrost in a pot of cold water, either inside the fridge or on the counter?  Again, I need this 8.89lb ham fully defrosted by Friday night for the funeral dinner on Saturday.

    I hate to throw away a big piece of meat like that but then again, I don't want to possibly cause others to get sick.

    Thanks for the advice!
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Assuming its been frozen the whole time the only concern I would have is freezer burn, or off flavor from being in the freezer too long. If it has an off smell I wouldn't use it.

    As for thawing, just like poultry you need to thaw in the fridge. Should be thawed by Friday.
  3. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member


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