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How long would you still eat ham after opening packet ...?

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sadsad Thu 31-Mar-11 20:24:18


10 slices in the Waitrose packet (not 'nice' ham, just regular ham lol!)

Packet says 'Use by 10 April 2011'. Also says 'use within 2 days of opening'.

My mum would keep it until finished but definately more than 2 days (and often longer than 10 April ...) and it's not done her any harm that I know of.

I always lose my nerve and throw it but it's such a waste.

How long would you keep on using it?

southeastastra Thu 31-Mar-11 20:25:33

what packet says then 2 days over or until it smells.

Mutt Thu 31-Mar-11 20:26:18

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0891 Thu 31-Mar-11 20:26:34

a week or so.

southeastastra Thu 31-Mar-11 20:26:49

i mean 10 april not 2 days! that's mad

transferbalance Thu 31-Mar-11 20:26:55

it's cured so I wouldn't worry to much - loads of salt in ham

Imnotaslimjim Thu 31-Mar-11 20:27:13

I'd use it til it was finished or until it smelt off tbh. I generally ignore use by dates or "use within" too much food gets wasted because of it!

Ragwort Thu 31-Mar-11 20:29:39

I'd keep it until it smells off (but hide the packaging from my DH who is a real 'use by date' fanatic grin. ) I seriously considered whether or not I should throw out an (unopened) carton of Covent Garden soup today - a week past its use by date ........... in the end I did chuck it, but wish I hadn't !

sadsad Thu 31-Mar-11 20:47:09

Thanks all.

I thought I was being stupid - I mean who really uses that much ham in 2 days (unless you are catering for loads!)

orienteerer Thu 31-Mar-11 20:48:40

Everything seems to say "use within 2 days of opening", elf & safety gone mad........

Seabright Thu 31-Mar-11 21:03:14

If you want to use it up, carbonara is my favourite recipe and you can use ham, bacon, lardons, gammon, whatever. Let me know if you want the recipe

Mutt Thu 31-Mar-11 21:04:36

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hk78 Thu 31-Mar-11 21:05:27

second what seabright said, but also I chuck it on top of home-made pizza - it turns bacon-y in the oven. the kids love it.

sadsad Fri 01-Apr-11 12:31:49

Thanks all. Fab ideas. Seabright, thanks - I make carbonara already but never thought of using ham (I use bacon lardons or pancetta cubes!)

angie95 Sat 04-Mar-17 12:33:49

Thank you, must try carbonara, not had it for years, :-)

AgentProvocateur Sat 04-Mar-17 12:39:54


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