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    Red face Christmas ham

    Hi there! I am currently 22 weeks pregnant and am wanting to know your thoughts on eating Christmas ham off the bone.. is it OK to do this? or does it need to be cooked?

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    I would go for it! if you are unsure you could always microwave some but I personally wouldnt bother. YUM!

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    Personally - I would not eat it. Ham is pretty well known for salmonella .... even if its straight off the bone and stored correctly.

    Having said that - there is nothing wrong with you heating it up and eating it. Either fried (like bacon), microwaved, in a toastie etc ... as long as it is steaming hot, the heat kills any nasties so all is good.

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    I'd heat it up. I plan to do that with all the cold meats at Christmas.

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    Only a bad mother would eat it straight off the bone....KIDDING! Hi B!

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    I was wondering same thing, I asked my Dr and he said I should be fine and that if I was worried just to heat it up As our main lunch on Christmas day is cold meat and salad I would have been if I couldn't eat it!!

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    It's fine if it's cooked
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    I've been researching this ALOT today, as DP got given a HUGE ham from his work and I can't have a 7kg ham sitting in the fridge and not be allowed to eat any of it!

    So I plan on making a nice glaze for it and eating it hot. Yum!

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    I ate it cold when pregnant as it was fresh and stored correctly.

    I think some of the rules re food when pregnant is over the top but you have to do what you feel is best. No harm in heating it up, fry it for some nice crunch or bake the whole leg and then eat your serve hot.

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    Hmm thanks ladies - even you Atropos! I was hoping to eat it cold because, lets face it, whats christmas without fresh ham off the bone? Maybe a slice or two will be fine, I will just make sure it is fresh...

    And I agree, some of the advice is ridiculously OTT!

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    Yeah its a bit confusing.

    Depends on what you're told by your care provider too.
    If I hadn't been preg before, (or if I didn't use bubhub or have food safety knowledge), I'd have no idea there were food restrictions in pregnancy as my middies this time haven't mentioned anything about cold meats / soft cheeses etc.

    As long as you're super vigilant about it's handling (ie you buy it, you take it home, you keep it refridgerated, you know how long it's out before you eat it etc), then it should be ok. It's when you aren't sure of how its been handled then there comes risks. (I'm a bit anal about food hygiene as I've worked for catering companies and have done alot of food handling / hygiene courses, and it really doesn't take long for good food to be bad food when mishandled - and lets face it, some people have NO idea about safely handling food..)
    Also make sure it's kept in its vacuum packaging until christmas day


 

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