THRIVE Diced Ham will add beautiful color and flavor to breakfast dishes, such as omelets. These small dices are already cooked and make a great choice in scalloped potatoes, along with a variety of appetizers and dips.
Ratio of FD vs. Fresh:
2 1/2 C. FD Ham Dices + 2 C. Water = 1 lb. Fresh Ham
To make 1 lb. of diced ham, combine 2 ½ cups THRIVE Cooked Diced Ham with 2 cups warm water. Let stand for 10–15 minutes. Drain any excess water.
*For the best taste and highest nutrients, it is recommended that this product be used within 2 weeks of opening.
Nutrition FactsServing Size 1/4 cups (12g)
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs
|Saturated Fat||Less than||20g||25g|
Cooked, diced Ham (Cured with Salt, Dextrose, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Sodium Erythorbate, Smoke Flavor, Sodium Nitrate)
Temperature: Storing THRIVE at a high temperature can significantly increase the speed that calories and vitamins will degrade over time. In the correct storage container, low-moisture foods such as THRIVE can be stored at room temperature or cooler (75 degrees Fahrenheit or lower) and remain nutritious and edible for years. Our stated shelf life assumes that the product will be stored in optimal conditions.
Humidity: The effects of humidity on a closed can are caused by heat and very similar to the effects of high temperature (see above). High humidity can corrode the cans and in some cases even cause the cans to leak. Areas with high humidity can reduce the opened shelf life of the product. As humidity varies with location please use your own discretion to prevent possible sickness from eating spoiled food.
Damaged Container: Minor dents in the center of the can are usually just a cosmetic issue. However, a can that has been dented near or on a seam can have a compromised air-tight seal and allow oxygen to enter the can. If this is the case we recommend using the dented can within the specified opened shelf life, rather than closed.
The best way to maintain the highest quality of your THRIVE products is to take care of them. If you intend on storing your food for the sealed shelf life, store the cans in a place that is not open to elements such as water, light, and air. Take care of it. Don't expose it unnecessarily to the elements. Also, be sure to keep the temperature and humidity low and even. Under these proper storing situations your THRIVE will maintain its delicious taste, natural coloring, and proper nutrients.
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Sealed Shelf Life
*Shelf life based on optimal storage conditions.
I opened this to use with the instant pinto beans to make ham and beans for supper when I was short on time. It was the best ham and beans we have had in a long time! The ham dices did stay pretty firm, but so does fresh ham when I use it in ham and beans.
After reading the above comments, I used my FoodSaver to vacuum seal the remaining ham dices in a mason jar which I then placed in the fridge just as a precaution. So far, so good.
I am going to try vacuum sealing some in a small mason jar and placing it on a shelf for a week or so just to see if that will work to keep the dices fresh for the full two weeks after opening.
I opened my #10 can of FD ham dices and used 1 cup to make a delicious quiche for my family of four. We were very happy with the flavor and texture. Then, I went back to the can a few weeks later and found it to have a rancid smell. I was so surprised! I checked the dating and found it to have only a 2 week shelf life!!! What a disappointment. I have used many other Shelf Reliance FD meats with a 1 year shelf life so this was very unexpected. Unless one plans on using 48 servings in under 2 weeks, they should not buy this product! I feel I just wasted $50. (BTW, just noticed FD turkey dices have the same short 2 week dating.) My suggestion is that SR add a very obvious disclaimer in the description of this product as the #10 can is not a reasonable option for practically anyone.
Tastes Like Dried Hot Dogs
Sorry, but this is one of the few products I would not recommend. It tasted like dried hot dogs, and whenever I put it in crock pot recipes, it stays pretty firm and tough to chew.
2 week opened shelf life
I haven't tried this product yet, but I noticed from the above comment that this product doesn't taste very good a few weeks after opening. If you look at the shelf life information, it says the product is best 2 weeks after opening, so make sure that you plan on using all of the ham within 2 weeks if you purchase a #10 can.
Best when eaten fresh
I'm still unsure of how to rate this -- when I first opened the can, it tasted divine!!! Wonderful, smoked flavor was delicious in just about every recipe I tried -- even plain! But a few weeks after opening it, the flavor began dissipating. I suggest getting the pantry can or mylar bag and only opening when you're going to use it. It's really really good fresh!