After you receive your whole ham, you may let it sit or hang uncut for an indefinite period of time. We recommend that you hang it in a cool, dry place that is ventilated like a utility room or garage, not an attic. If you store the ham in a warm place like the attic, the ham will get greasy.
Do not store the ham in an area with a strong odor such as gas or oil as it will absorb the odor. You may leave it whole and uncut for several weeks, but the ham will continue to dry and shrink, and the meat will lose some of its moisture content.
If you buy a sliced ham from us or if you get your ham sliced where you live, then you will need to refrigerate it after slicing. If you keep it in the refrigerator, you may leave it wrapped up and take out pieces as you need them.
If you wish to store the ham in the refrigerator for a longer period of time, place the slices in a plastic tub, submerge them in cooking oil and cover. This process helps to seal the meat and keep it from drying out. When you are ready to cook, just rinse the ham under warm water to remove the oil and put it into the frying pan.
Vacuum pack slices don't require refrigeration. If you leave it out on the counter and a tiny hole gets in the package, even the size of a pin, then air will get in the package, and the meat will spoil. Store unopened packages in the refrigerator or freezer for future use.
You do not need to refrigerate the gift box or the packages inside until you open them.