At Josep Llorens i Fills, as expert ham ambassadors, we are here to talk about the possibility of freezing ham. How many times have you bought or been given more ham than you could eat? Read on to find out whether it is a good idea to freeze this product, whether it is Iberian ham or Serrano ham.
Iberian ham: to freeze or not to freeze?
Although it may be tempting, the truth is that you should not freeze Serrano ham. Unlike other cold meats (which can be frozen and eaten later), ham is made using delicate natural processes that give it its characteristic aroma, texture and taste. Therefore, it is not a suitable product for home freezing, because there is not a proper cold chain.
If you do freeze it, the ham will keep longer, but when you do decide to defrost and consume it, it will have lost its main properties and characteristics, which are what makes you choose Iberian ham over any other cold meat.
The best way to keep the product in good condition is to keep it in a cool, dry place at room temperature. However, you may want to take it with you on a trip because you are going to be living abroad for a while or, for any other reason, you need to maintain its properties for as long as possible. In this case, we recommend vacuum-packing Serrano ham. This way, it will not be in contact with the air and will take much longer to spoil. In addition, it is the most effective way to preserve its properties.
In short, we at Josep Llorens advise against freezing this food, whether it is Iberian or Serrano. It is better to buy the amount you are going to consume and thus always ensure the excellent quality of the product.