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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 03:55 PM
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A person with a ham is welcome wherever they go
We've had a $15 ham laying in the fridge since thanksgiving. Yesterday we baked it and had ham and potato salad for dinner. Today I took it apart and ran it through the slicer. We had ham sandwiches. There's a big, meaty shank that we'll use for hopping john next weekend. There was about a pound of scrap, some of which is baking in a pot of beans right now. We're left with about 4 pounds of sliced ham which will become ham and scalloped potatoes, Hawiian sandwiches, part of a frittata or noodle casserole and maybe even some deviled ham. It's hard to imagine life without ham, but by the end of the week I'm sure we'll be ready.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 04:03 PM
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1. I'm not traditionally fond of ham, at least the thick juicy slices of baked ham.
But I just love its myriad leftover uses! I may just go buy one. It freezes beautifully.
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 04:46 PM
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2. We probably buy 4 or 5 a year
Safeway has them on special from time to time; usually for about $1.70 a pound. The shank end is the better buy. They're hard to beat for value, and better eating than a processed ham like Black Forest. You have to work a bit for it, but it's worthwhile.
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 07:04 PM
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4. Why is the shank end a better buy??
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 11:10 PM
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6. Actually this is a question
on which reasonable men may differ. The butt tends to have more fat and cost a bit more. It also depends on whether the center parts of the leg has been removed for steaks and how long the shank bone is cut. What it gets down to is, I think the shank tastes better and we always buy the shank so we don't have to review these arguments every time we set out in pursuit of pig. Rules to live by.
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 10:05 PM
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5. I got mine for $1.19 a pound and then used a $2 coupon on top of that.
Edited on Mon Dec-05-11 10:06 PM by no_hypocrisy
7 lb ham shank for under $6.
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Lucinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 06:10 PM
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3. Back when I still ate a lot of meat, ham steaks sauteed with a little
butter and pineapple juice were a favorite of mine. Ham is sooo versatile.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:28 AM
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7. have you ever made ham loaf with brown sugar-vinegar sauce?
Mmmmmmm. It's so delicious. Made with ground ham and some ground lean pork.
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:44 PM
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8. LOL. So true. My sister is doing the main dish for Christmas. I'm doing the rest.
Not sure how many times I ought to mention "ham" till she gets my drift... :hide:
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pengillian101 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 12:56 AM
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9. Once tired of plain ham, here's a great MN Wild Rice soup that uses leftovers.
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:50 PM
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10. Got a 7.5 lb smoked pork ham shank.
Any suggestions how to bake it and any recipes (pineapple, etc.?) I'm raring to go.

Thanks!

:hi:
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Phentex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-11-11 07:31 AM
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11. I love this post title...
and it's true! :)
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