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Can you refreeze smoked ham hocks?

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Asked By: Rafiq Dietz | Last Updated: 23rd February, 2020
It’s perfectly safe to refreeze ham (both cooked or uncooked), as long as it was thawed in the refrigerator (Other methods of thawing aren’t recommended).





Hereof, can you freeze smoked ham hocks?

Ham hocks may be fully cooked or uncooked, depending on how they‘re produced. Cooked hocks usually say “fully cooked” or “double-smoked” somewhere on the package. Once frozen, a ham hock remains food-safe indefinitely, but its flavor and quality are best within the first few months.

Similarly, can smoked ham hocks go bad? A smoked ham hock will have a low moisture content and long shelf life. A smoked, refrigerated hock should be good for weeks, even months, unless someone is infirm or has weak immune system, or that particular piece of meat is statistically loaded with bacteria. A couple days, a week is totally fine.

Herein, can you reuse ham hocks?

Depending how much meat comes off the bone, you may be able to reuse it if you refrigerate it between uses.

How many times can you refreeze ham?

No! you can refreeze the ham. Pre-cooked ham that has been previously frozen and defrosted in the refrigerator, may be successfully refrozen if done so within 4-5 days of initial defrost.

Are ham hocks bad for you?

Seven grams of the fat in a serving of smoked ham hocks are saturated fat — the “bad” type of fat — although research published in the October 2010 issue of the medical journal “Lipids” notes that eating saturated fats alone is not enough to cause medical problems such as coronary heart disease.

What can I use in place of ham hocks?

If you don’t have ham hocks you can substitute:
  • A smoked pork shank which is usually meatier.
  • OR – If you don’t wish to eat pork, Emeril suggests substituting smoked turkey legs.
  • OR – Otherwise you can substitute equal amounts of smoked ham.
  • OR – Smoked sausage.
  • OR – Smoked bacon.

Can you eat a ham that has been frozen for 2 years?

NOTE: Freezer storage is for quality only. Frozen hams remain safe indefinitely. The ham is safe after 1 year, but the quality may suffer.

How long is smoked ham good for in fridge?

Properly stored, cooked ham will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. To further extend the shelf life of cooked ham, freeze it; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.

Are smoked pork hocks fully cooked?

Cooking with smoked ham hocks is not complicated, but, if you don’t understand the smoked hock you may not be getting the most out of the cut. The sliced type need to be cooked just as long because it’s not about getting the meat done, it’s about extracting flavor.

What is a smoked ham hock?

A ham hock (or hough) or pork knuckle is the joint between the tibia/fibula and the metatarsals of the foot of a pig, where the foot was attached to the hog’s leg. It is the portion of the leg that is neither part of the ham proper nor the ankle or foot (trotter), but rather the extreme shank end of the leg bone.

Can I cook ham hock from frozen?

Answer: Yes — as the U.S. Department of Agriculture points out, you can cook frozen meat, including ham, in the oven without defrosting it first. You’ll need to allow for some extra cooking time, though. It generally takes about 50 percent longer to cook a frozen ham than the time it takes for a fully thawed ham.

What is the difference between ham hock and pork hock?

Thanks. Ham hocks are from the rear leg of a pig. Pork hocks can come from either the front or the rear. You can use them the same.

Do you wash ham hocks?

Most ham hocks are smoked and cured and taste very salty. To reduce the salt level and to remove any impurities, a long washing or soaking is needed before using the ham hock in cooking. Rinse the ham hock completely after washing. Place the ham hocks into the pot and add water until they are completely submerged.

Do you remove skin from ham hock?

Removing the ham rind
  1. Using a small sharp knife cut through the skin/rind 10cm from the top of the hock (or knuckle end of the leg)
  2. Start to remove the skin from the ham by sliding the knife between the skin and fat.
  3. Run your clean fingers (or a knife) under the skin and gently peel back the skin/ring to leave a layer of fat.

How do you know if smoked ham is bad?

A bad smell is a big indicator that you don’t want to eat that meat. If your meat is turning an unhealthy green, gray, or black color that’s a sure sign it’s gone bad. While ham is usually cured in a way that makes mold unlikely, if your meat ever starts to grow mold, it’s time to get rid of that science project.

Do ham hocks smell?

Most ham hocks, like the parent hams they’re cut from, are cured in a wet brine. If the hock smells sour or fermented when you open it, or if it’s oozing a sticky, slimy-feeling liquid, it should be discarded.

Are ham shanks the same as ham hocks?

Culinarily, the ham shank and the ham hock can be used interchangeably. The shank refers to a fairly meaty part just below the pork shoulder (if it is the front of the hog) or the hip (if it’s from the back of the hog). The hock refers to a much bonier cut taken from just above the feet.

How long does a leg of ham last in the fridge?

3 Answers. The official answer is generally only a few days for meat in the fridge Ham can be different, as it’s salt cured, so depending on the salt content can last longer without freezing it.

Are all ham hocks smoked?

Hocks are typically cured with salt and smoked, so they’ll lend a bacony flavor to whatever you add them to. Ham hocks are usually sold in pairs that are pre-weighed and stocked in the butcher case with the other pre-packaged items.

Does country ham smell bad?

It is possible it got too moist, but country hams are so salty that unless they are swimming in moisture in a hot environment, it’s unlikely that they’ll go bad. it sounds like you got a rotten ham. You’re right – raw hams are beautiful – but they should never ever smell funky.

Why is refreezing bad?

You should not put it back in the fridge or refreeze it. Don’t let thawed raw meat sit in the fridge too long before refreezing it because it can spoil. Spoiled food often smells bad or “off,” and may be sticky or slimy.

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