Why does country ham not have to be refrigerated?
Just so, does Country Ham need to be refrigerated?
A whole, uncut dry cured or country ham can be stored safely at room temperature for up to 1 year. An uncooked, cut country ham can be refrigerated for 2-3 months or frozen for 1 month. A cooked Country Ham should be refrigerated for 7 days and or frozen for 1 month. Freezer storage time is for quality only.
Similarly, does Ham go bad if not refrigerated? A canned ham should not be frozen. Shelf-stable canned hams do not require refrigeration and may be stored in a cool, dry place for 2 to 5 years. Unopened country style hams can be kept up to 1 year without refrigeration. Once the ham is cut, exposing the moist interior, it must be stored in the refrigerator.
In respect to this, how long can ham be left unrefrigerated?
Can you eat country ham without cooking it?
Dry-curing with salt helps prevent bacterial growth, making the hams safe to eat uncooked. Since country hams have always been cooked in the Southern states where they are cured, most country-ham producers do not consider them ready-to-eat meat like prosciutto.