Friday, August 10, 2012
Get the most out of your bone-in half-ham.
I always cringe when I look at meat prices these days. So I try to buy big hunks of meat when I have the time to deal with them and get as many meals as possible out of them. So I was looking at ham and the fully-cooked,bone-in, half-ham was only $1.98/pound - hard to get better than that anymore. I took a 10-pounder home. And you can see that I trimmed it a couple different ways.
First, I started by slicing thin slices for sandwiches and frying. This is where your electric meat knife comes in handy. We ate some that day but I still got a gallon Ziplock bag full. This went straight to the freezer and we'll take it with us for snacking and sandwiches when we go camping at the cabin this weekend.
Next, I cubed as much as I could. I followed the bone and trimmed big pieces and then cut them up into large bite-sized pieces. This will be used for scalloped potatoes and other dishes.
This left me with the bone and some fattier meat still attached. This bone has a TON of great flavor! I'll boil that to make a great, rich ham stock, then I'll skim out the fatty parts and any good meat that is left will be included in the 15-bean ham soup recipe I'll be posting soon. The dogs will enjoy the bone and any fat. No part is wasted!
Posted by April S.