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Need advice on defrosting a Smithfield ham

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Hi gang,

 

On Saturday, I have to attend a funeral.  I'm going to prepare a ham for the dinner. 

 

I've had a Smithfield ham in my freezer since Thanksgiving and just pulled it out yesterday (Sunday).

 

Here's the dilemmas:

 

1 - The package says to use by February, 2013.  This is not September, 2013.  Is it safe to eat?

 

2 - What's the best way to defrost i?  To speed up time, is it advisable to defrost in a pot of cold water, either inside the fridge or on the counter?  Again, I need this 8.89lb ham fully defrosted by Friday night for the funeral dinner on Saturday.

 

I hate to throw away a big piece of meat like that but then again, I don't want to possibly cause others to get sick.

 

Thanks for the advice!

post #2 of 3
Assuming its been frozen the whole time the only concern I would have is freezer burn, or off flavor from being in the freezer too long. If it has an off smell I wouldn't use it.

As for thawing, just like poultry you need to thaw in the fridge. Should be thawed by Friday.
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