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  • Do you accept recipe submissions?
    We accept recipes during periodic promotional periods. Occasionally, we also hold recipe contests at State Fairs. Please contact your State Fair board if you are interested in learning about submitting recipes there.


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Products - Refrigerated

  • Can I serve refrigerated meat products after the expiration date?
    You should not serve refrigerated meat products past their listed expiration dates. You should use or freeze products by the “Use By” or “Freeze By” date printed on the product.
  • How long can I use my refrigerated meat products after I've opened the package?
    The general rule is to use the product within three to five days and keep it refrigerated after opening.

    Exceptions to the above rule include:

    • Raw bacon, ham and Hormel® Natural Choice® Meats – refrigerate and use within one week
    • Hormel® Fully Cooked Bacon and Hormel® Pepperoni – refrigerate and use within three weeks
  • Do you have tips for storing and preparing Hormel® Cure 81® Ham?

    • Once opened, Hormel® Cure 81® ham can be stored in the refrigerator for five to seven days.
    • Leftover cooked ham should be tightly wrapped and refrigerated promptly after the meal.
    • Ham may be kept frozen for up to 60 days. The nutritional value of the ham will be maintained, but not its full flavor and texture. If you must freeze your ham, wrap it tightly.
    • Always check the label for storage and handling instructions. The “Best If Purchased By” date indicates the suggested time for purchase to ensure the ham’s best flavor and texture.

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