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The enormous ham


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The enormous ham

NYCkaren | Nov 25, 2010 11:43 AM

Do you ever buy something on line without fully realizing what you've purchased?

I am hosting a day-after-Thanksgiving lunch tomorrow, and I wanted to serve ham. But not the usual pre-cooked ham that you pop in the oven to heat up. That would be too easy. To make a long story short, I ordered a whole ham from Smithfield. It arrived yesterday and it's almost 2 feet long. It's an entire hog's leg.

If I had been thinking straight I would have taken it to a butcher when it arrived yesterday and asked him to saw it in half. But I wasn't. And the butchers are not working today.

The instructions say to soak the ham in several changes of cold water for 48 hours, then boil it for three hours, then glaze it and bake it. I have it soaking in a plastic storage container that just barely holds it. I don't have a pot nearly big enough to boil it in. Who would? That would be one enormous pot. The instructions say that as an alternative you can fashion a vessel out of heavy-duty aluminum foil and cook it in that in the oven. So that is what I shall attempt tomorrow morning. Wish me luck.

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