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FAQ Subject: Is my smoked ham safe to eat?
I am sending this from Canada. I purchased a ham before Christmas this year and noticed there was no "Best Before Date" on the supermarket tag, but after opening the ham to cook today I see that inside it was marked best before 01 Dec 14. It is fully cooked brownsugar cured smoked ham purchased from a local supermarket here in New Brunswick. The plastic around the ham was "puffed up" I don't know if it was like this when I bought it or not. I guess my question is if I cook this ham right away would it be safe to eat?
Thanks for you help
Mary A. Kierstead
Normally there is some lee way in the "Best by" date. If the ham looks and smells okay is probably is. Take an ice pick and stick it down beside the bone, then pull it out and smell it. If it is bad, it will announce itself.
Personally I would bake or roast the ham until fully done.
However, if there is any question, take it back. Especially if you have your sales slip and can show that it was out of date when you bought it.