Food Storage - How long can you keep...


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7-10 days or date on package
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1-2 months (best quality)



  • How long does ham steak last in the fridge or freezer? The exact answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep smoked ham steak refrigerated at all times.
  • How long does smoked ham steak last in the refrigerator? Properly stored, smoked ham steak will last for 7 to 10 days, or the date on the package, in the fridge.
  • Unopened ham steak may be kept in its original store packaging when refrigerating; to maximize the shelf life of ham steak, do not open the package until ready to use.
  • How long can ham steak be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; ham steak should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • To further extend the shelf life of ham steak, freeze; when freezing, place ham steak in the freezer before the number of days shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed.
  • You can maximize the shelf life of ham steak in the freezer by overwrapping the original store packaging with airtight heavy-duty aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper or place the package inside a heavy-duty freezer bag in order to prevent freezer burn.
  • How long does ham steak last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 1 to 2 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - steak that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does ham steak last after being frozen and thawed? Ham steak that has been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator before cooking; ham steak that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be cooked immediately.
  • How long does ham steak last in the fridge once it is cooked at home? Cooked ham steak will usually stay good for 3 to 5 days in the fridge and 3 months in the freezer.
  • How to tell if ham steak is bad? The best way is to smell and look at the ham steak: signs of bad ham steak are a sour smell, dull color and slimy texture; discard any ham steak with an off smell or appearance.

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