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Stretching a Ham

July 27th, 2011 at 09:48 pm

Back in April, before Easter, there was a massive sale on picnic hams. They were $1.29 a pound and I bought a lot of them, fifteen or twenty, I'm not sure exactly, but anyway, they were really cheap. I currently have one in the crockpot for tonight's dinner. It is just over six pounds.

So tonight we will have ham with potatoes and green beans, then I will pick all the meat off the bones and put the bone back in the crockpot all night with plenty of water to make stock. Tomorrow we will have ham sandwiches (or in my son's case ham rolled up in tortillas) for lunch and then I will dice up the ham that is left.

I will add some diced ham into the eggs (possibly omelets) in the morning for breakfast. I will make egg noodles with the ham broth and we will have ham and noddles for dinner. No one here cares for ham and bean soup so that's not an option. I might make pizza on Friday with diced ham as a topping.

Anyone have any other ways to use up ham? I mean these are probably sufficient for a six pounder, but for future reference? If anyone has a good strata or fritatta recipe, I'll take it. I really want to see how many meals I can get out of an $8 ham.

23 Responses to “Stretching a Ham”

  1. Miz Pat Says:

    Ham Cheese and Potatoes or Scalloped Potatoes with ham. How on earth were you able to store so many? That's a lot of hams!

  2. laura Says:

    Our favorite - one dozen eggs, four cups milk, two cups shredded sheddar, diced ham (lots or little - we like lots) and a box of seasoned croutons. Mix all together in 9 x 13 baking dish, bake at 400 for 45 minutes. You might need to adjust baking time for your oven - those stats are particular to mine and since I do it from memory, not sure what the original recipe called for. This is a favorite recipe that my family loves.

  3. marie Says:

    I love yellow split pea soup - and I'm somebody who won't eat green peas, beans (except green beans), lentils, etc. So that might be an option to try even if you don't like ham & bean soup.

  4. crazyliblady Says:

    How about:
    - ham casserole
    - ham salad sandwiches
    - green beans with ham and potatoes
    - green salad with bits of ham

    These sound really good. I am saving these ideas for my meals next week.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    MizPat--I have a big freezer. I just froze them all. Then when I want one I thaw it out.

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    Laura--That sounds really good. I don't have croutons or anyway of getting them right now, but I could make my own. How many ounces or cups worth is the box of croutons you use?

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    Marie--I've never made split pea soup. Do you have a recipe? I can google one, but if you have a good one, I'd love to have it. We do like peas here (or most of us do).

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    Crazyliblady--Do you have a recipe for the ham casserole that you like?

  9. ThriftoRama Says:

    Can I come to your house for dinner?

  10. LuckyRobin Says:

    ThriftoRama--Only if you do the dishes afterwards!

  11. patientsaver Says:

    gawd, you're making me so hungry. I love split pea soup with ham or ham anything. I rarely eat it though.

  12. marie Says:

    Either my comments are not being entered, or I just posted the same comment multiple times. Nothing seems to happen when I select Submit Comment. Hmmmm

  13. marie Says:

    I think it was the length of the comment, so I'll split it up. I don't have a recipe. I usually just make a ham broth, cool, and skim the fat. Then into the crockpot (or slow cooking over a stove) I put the broth, split peas, chopped onion (I like a lot), any ham I have. Cook it till the peas are soft (2+ hours on the stove, 6-8 hours in the crockpot)- and its usually better the next day.

  14. marie Says:

    I often add carrots and/or celery. I tend to shop them up fine rather than have them in chunks, but that's a matter of preference. Salt and pepper to taste (I like a lot of pepper). By the way, I don't sort the peas the way most recipes say, I just toss them in the pot.

  15. marie Says:

    All the recipes I find online add a lot more stuff (potatoes, herbs, etc), but I grew up with a simple version and that is what I like.

    I think the key ingredients for me are ham broth, ham, YELLOW split peas and onions.

  16. marie Says:

    As to the ratio of peas to broth, I do it by eye. THere's a basic ratio that is on the split pea package. My family tends to like the soup quite thick so I think I may use more peas to broth. Or I let it cook down more.

    Let me know if you decide to try it.


  17. LuckyRobin Says:

    Thank you, Marie. That sounds really good. I like my recipes to be fairly simple. While I will cook something elaborate from time to time, I really just prefer a few ingredients (easier and more economical) as long as it is flavorful.

  18. crazyliblady Says:

    I used to make something like a ham casserole before I quit eating dairy. It's wonderful, but I haven't figured out how to make it without dairy. There is a dairy free "cheese" but it is made with soy. To find the recipe, just go to allrecipes and type ham casserole. It is the first one. I would post the url, but this site is not allowing me to do that.

  19. LuckyRobin Says:

    Oh, thanks, that looks really good.

  20. My English Castle Says:

    An oft-used quote--sometimes attributed to Dorothy Parker: "The definition of eternity is a ham and two people." Enjoy the ham!

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