In many homes around the world, Christmas ham sits as the hero of holiday leftovers.

Top Chefs have given his best tips for keeping your Christmas ham for using in leftovers in a recent interview with Huffington Post.

“If you’ve cooked the ham from scratch it’s best to reserve the skin to store the ham in,” said Celebrity Chef, Matt Moran, “Otherwise a ham bag is best. If you don’t have a ham bag wrap the ham in a clean damp pillowcase and store it in the coldest part of the fridge.”

Matt says planning is key to making the best use of Christmas leftovers:

“I’ve gotten much better at planning over the years, to avoid any food wastage,” he said. “But with what is left over, it definitely makes a great next day meal. You can pretty much turn any leftover into a dish. I would advise to not over think it. In my household we have a big fry-up the next morning with fried eggs, leftover ham and crusty sourdough. Then it’s turkey sandwiches for lunch.”

Executive Chef at The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room, Sean Connolly, also recommends investing in a ham bag. Alternatively, he recommends that you can make your own.

“I like to lightly soak a tea towel in white vinegar and wrap my ham in the damp towel,” Sean said, “This will give the ham extra life in the fridge.”

Sean draws on family tradition to make use of his festive leftovers:

“I like to take a thick slice of the ham on Boxing Day morning and fry it along side a couple of free range eggs,” he said.”Then it’s time for my other annual treat, which is a large round slice of Scottish black pudding from my local butcher and my Bloody Mary ketchup.”

If you want to get a little fancier with your fare (though, to be honest, not much beats a good ham and egg fry-up) Sean suggests looking at making some kind of chilli with your leftover meats.

“I was lucky enough to have a culinary tour of Austin, Texas for my new TV show coming out next year. On the tour I met a really interesting chef called Hoover from Hoovers Diner — he is a local hero,”  he said, “He made his famous ‘Texas Red’ chilli where he creates a fabulous chilli from his leftover smoked meats and sausages which was to die for.”


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  • I never have much leftover to worry about


  • Great ides for leftovers here – fortunately this year we catered exact portions for our seafood dishes and only ended up with a small amount of ham. I have always kept ham in a ham bag as it lasts so much longer. Thanks for sharing these tips.


  • I think having the ham bag is a good idea.


  • I always have it in a ham bag as I always buy a big ham


  • All good ideas and we never have to worry about the food going off. What is leftover gets put on sandwiches or cold meat and salad the next day.


  • We’ve only 2 meat eaters in the house so I get only a little and if there’s something left it goes in the freezer.


  • We never have leftover ham anyway haha!


  • We don’t usually have much ham left over!! We love it on yummy pane di case toasted bread with chutney for breakfast, lunch or tea.


  • Some great ideas, thanks. We usually only have enough food for a couple of days to avoid having to go to the stores after Christmas.


  • We’re eating left overs for days. Great tips


  • we over cater every year, something we all inherited from our mum! We have complete roast dinners for lunch and tea for a couple of days hahahha


  • it looks good


  • Never eat that ham in my life


  • we love ham, but I get so over it by end Chrissy, this year I just purchased fresh slices in woollies, dearer but better for our little family


  • I bought the most beautiful ham at our local I G A SUPERMARKET. iT WEIGHED 6 KG and was almost $42 and it lasted for ages.


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