Originally Posted by JONESY
I hate to be a downer, but I'm guessing the ham on the left, in the first pic is the butcher ham? To me it looks severely freezer burned, it just doesn't look right. You said the store bought tasted great, and if I'm right about which one came from the butcher, I can see why.
YES....the ham on the left (in the first, raw photo) is the butchered ham.
We got it last May, so it's been in the freezer for 10-11 months. It was wrapped in plastic and white freezer paper.
That may be the very thing that made them different.
Dumb question, but......how long can I expect to store meat that's not been vacuum sealed without this happening? I'm assuming vacuum sealing will also help this? At least I hope, cuz I've sure done a LOT of it lately!