Using Up That Leftover Ham –

If you’re like me, I bet you may have some leftover Easter ham to use up. If my husband had his way, we’d be eating ham sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner until it was gone.

Instead, we’ll be dining on ham sandwiches tonight and the rest of the ham will make a repeat appearance on our table in a different form over the next few weeks. For best quality, you are supposed to consume frozen ham within 40 days. That’s easy enough to do in our house, but I also stretch it by using the ham bone to make soup that will freeze for much longer.

To process leftover ham for the freezer, I cut off all the meat until I can’t slice it anymore. Than I cut those slices into cubes and freeze them in 2-3 cup quantities in plastic freezer bags. The ham bone gets covered with water and boiled into a stock, as in the black bean soup recipe below. Any edible meat that is left on the bone gets shredded and added to the soup.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to serve leftover ham. They all taste great and work perfectly with leftover frozen ham.

Ranch Ham Skillet

Black Bean & Ham Soup

Ham & Cheese Strata

Ranch Cheesy Potatoes & Ham

Sweet & Sour Ham

If you have leftover ham, how will you be using it up? If you need even more ideas, check out the Sir Ham A Lot party over at Hoosier Homemade.

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