Special family occasions often call for generous servings of meat and all the trimmings, and gammon is one of the most delicious options. Whether honey-roasted or simply oven-baked, gammon tends to serve everyone at the table with considerable leftovers.
So, if you find yourself with too much gammon to chow down at any given time, is it possible to reheat gammon at a later date? Yes!
To reheat gammon, preheat your oven to 180C and pop the gammon into an oven-proof dish with some form of moisture then reheat for 20 minutes. Gammon can also be reheated in the microwave.
How to Reheat Gammon
If you’re reheating a whole gammon, the best option is to reheat it in the oven. But if you have leftover slices of gammon, you can pop them in the microwave for a couple of minutes and enjoy them hot.
Let’s take a look at each reheating method in more detail now:
How to Reheat Gammon in the Oven
If it’s a whole gammon you have then this is 100% the best approach to take to reheat it with success:
- Preheat Oven
Switch on your oven and wait for it to heat to 350F or 180C.
- Prepare Gammon
Place your gammon in a shallow, oven-safe dish. Pour some moisture over the top of the gammon to prevent it from drying out (you can use water, honey, various sauces, etc.) and then place your gammon in the oven.
Cook your gammon for around twenty minutes in the oven before removing it to check its doneness.
- Check the Temperature
When reheating the gammon, you must check that it’s at least 75C or 165F before serving. If it’s not up to temperature, return it to the oven and check it again after ten minutes.
- Slice, Serve and Enjoy
When your gammon is up to temperature, it’s ready to slice to your preference and serve.
How to Reheat Gammon in the Microwave
Having gammon leftover from a family feast is a little surprise! Instead of storing it whole in the fridge or freezer, it’s helpful to slice your gammon up, so you can easily reheat individual portions as and when you fancy it. Here’s how to reheat sliced gammon in the microwave:
- Slice Gammon
If you haven’t already done so, slice your gammon up into your desired portion.
- Place Gammon on a Microwave Plate
Add your sliced gammon to a microwave-safe plate and add a splash of water or liquid to the meat, as this will stop it from drying out.
- Cover and Reheat
Cover your gammon with a paper towel and place it in the microwave. Turn your microwave to a medium setting and reheat your gammon for around thirty seconds.
- Check the Temperature
When you’re reheating gammon, you must check that it’s at least 75C or 165F before serving. Remove it from the microwave to check its temperature before returning it if necessary.
- Serve and Enjoy
After a minute, your sliced gammon should be up to temperature and ready to enjoy.
Yes, gammon can be reheated in the oven in gravy. When you reheat gammon, it’s always good to use some sort of liquid to keep it moist. Gravy works well for keeping gammon moist as it reheats.
How to Reheat Gammon Successfully
To have complete success when reheating gammon, try to stick to these 3 simple tips:
- Don’t Forget the Moisture – As delicious as gammon is; it will dry out when you’re reheating it if you don’t add moisture. You can honestly add a whole host of liquids to gammon to make it delicious, so try not to forget about adding that important splash of liquid to avoid disappointment!
- Enjoy It Cold – Cold, sliced gammon is a delicious sandwich filler. You don’t need to reheat it to enjoy it, and many people would argue that it’s better to enjoy gammon cold! If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to use up your leftover gammon, slicing it and putting it on a sarnie is perhaps the best option!
- Freeze It – The sliced gammon you will not enjoy within a couple of days can be frozen for several months. It’s best not to freeze gammon whole, as it will take a long time to defrost and must be used all at once. The bottom line is that you needn’t waste your gammon leftovers, as they can be enjoyed cold, reheated, or frozen.
Is It Safe to Reheat Gammon?
Yes, it’s perfectly safe to reheat gammon. As is the case when dealing with any other meat, you must ensure it’s correctly and safely stored (either refrigerated or frozen) and reheated sufficiently until it is at least 75C or 165F.
Providing you’re careful, reheated gammon is just as delicious as freshly baked gammon out of the oven, and is a great way of serving up leftovers from a recent family feast.
Reheating Gammon FAQs
If you still have a few queries about reheating gammon, these quick FAQs might help you out. If not, feel free to drop a comment at the bottom of the page:
Yes, you can eat gammon cold. It is effectively ham that’s perfect for sandwiches or salads. A few slices of cold gammon, a dollop of pickle and a layer of butter is the ultimate cold roast sandwich.
Reheating gammon twice is not something we would advise. Generally speaking, foods should only be reheated once, especially meat products. Consider how much you want to eat and reheat it accordingly.
Ross is a freelance writer with a passion for delicious food and drinks, having worked in the hospitality industry in the past. He began working with Let’s Foodie when it first launched to provide information on how to reheat, freeze and microwave different foods.