Spiral hams are very popular, particularly during holidays. Because spiral hams feed a crowd, many home cooks have more leftovers than they know how to use. Instead of throwing out the ham, try freezing it for future use.

Prepare To Freeze

Spiral ham should not be frozen on the bone after it has been cooked. For convenience, try dividing the meat into usable portions, such as 2- to 3-oz. individual servings or 1-lb. portions for use in soups, stews and casseroles.

Remove Excess Air

Place portions of meat in a high-quality freezer bag, zip the bag so it is nearly closed, and then squeeze out as much remaining air as you can.


Using a permanent marker, write the date and contents onto the sealed bag. Store the ham in a prominent place in your freezer so you don’t forget about it.


Spiral ham can be safely stored in the freezer for up to two months.


To safely thaw ham, place in the refrigerator several hours ahead of time, place the bag of ham in a bowl of cold water, or use the defrost feature on your microwave.

Uses For Cooked Ham

Leftover spiral ham can be used in a variety of dishes, including split pea soup, corn chowder, red beans and rice, jambalaya, omelets, and cassoulet as well as in sandwiches or simply eaten by itself.

References and Resources

Freezing and Food Safety