How to Store Prosciutto

Prosciutto ham, a type of Italian ham, can be enjoyed either raw or cooked. Prosciutto is cured for up to two years. Different varieties of prosciutto exist, such as Parma or San Daniele. The varieties of the ham depend on the region in which you purchase it. Once you cut the ham, it needs to be stored properly either in the refrigerator or the freezer to prolong the shelf life. Proper storage and handling of the ham also will prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

Cut the prosciutto ham into thin or thick slices if you prefer. Wrap the ham tightly in aluminium foil.

Place the tightly wrapped prosciutto ham in the refrigerator.

Store the ham for up to three months.

Place the prosciutto ham in airtight containers. You also can wrap the ham in aluminium foil tightly.

Write the date on the container or aluminium foil with a permanent marker.

Freeze the prosciutto ham for up to one month.


Serve prosciutto ham with melons, bread or cheeses to enjoy the rich flavour of the meat. Bone-in and uncooked prosciutto ham can last for 12 months if hung at a temperature range between 16.6 and 20.0 degrees C. Once you slice the ham, it needs to be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.


Freezing prosciutto ham might change the texture and alter the flavour. Avoid storing the prosciutto ham in loose plastic bags because this can cause gas to build up, which will alter the taste of the ham.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Aluminium foil
  • Airtight containers
  • Permanent marker
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