How to Freeze Honey-Baked Ham & Roasted Turkey Breast

by Mary Wroblewski
Labeling leftovers reduces later guesswork.

Labeling leftovers reduces later guesswork.

Together, honey-baked ham and roasted turkey breast make a crowd-pleasing team at formal dinners as well as casual get-togethers. Once the crowd is fed and leftovers remain, the impulse of many hostesses is to cover the food and put it in the refrigerator. This is a good move if you're planning to use the leftovers within a few days. But if your palate needs a rest from this dynamic duo, consider freezing the food for later use.

Items you will need

  • Airtight freezer containers, plastic wrap and aluminum foil or freezer bags
Step 1

Wrap the leftovers in airtight freezer containers or in plastic wrap first and then in aluminum foil. This double layer of protection prevents white patches of freezer burn from forming on the food, a particular risk if you wrap the food in plastic only and then it becomes unfolded in the freezer. Alternatively, use plastic bags made especially for the freezer and ensure that you close the zipper seal completely.

Step 2

Segregate the honey-baked ham from the roasted turkey breast rather than package them together. This move spares you additional separation work later since ham is good for 1 to 2 months in the freezer while turkey is good for up to 9 months.

Step 3

Consider breaking down the ham and turkey leftovers into individual portions. Or, if you have a recipe in mind for, say, turkey tetrazzini, segregate the amount of turkey you will need to make that dish. Doing so makes it easier for you to grab what you need from the freezer and press the food into action. Many airtight plastic containers, for example, can go directly from the freezer to the microwave.

Step 4

Label your leftovers clearly. Indicate the contents, storage date and your intended use for the food to reduce later guesswork.

Step 5

Give your wrapped leftovers a little breathing room in the freezer. Stacking is OK as long as cold air can circulate around the food. Ensure that your freezer is set at zero degrees Fahrenheit -- the proper temperature at which to keep food frozen.

Tip

  • Freezer burn looks unappetizing, and it can render food tough. But it doesn't make you sick.

About the Author

Mary Wroblewski has been writing professionally since 1994 for publications such as "Woman's Day," "The Chicago Tribune," "The Chicago Sun-Times" and "Crain's Chicago and New York Business." She has a B.S. in mass communication from Illinois State University and a M.A. in journalism from Northern Illinois University.

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