Not too long ago I watched a documentary about supermarket ham and other processed meats here in the UK. We eat a lot of ham in our house, mainly on toast or sandwiches. But not only is it relatively quite expensive (10 slices of pre-packed and sliced ham for £3), it’s also pumped full of salt and water and other things. Not good.
So Instead of buying 10 slices of ham for £3 from Sainsbury’s, which usually lasts us just over a week, I bought a gammon joint which hopefully will be a) tastier, b) healthier and c) go much further. Plus there’s nothing quite like cooking your own honey and mustard roast ham.
First I put the joint in a heavy based saucepan and covered it with water, adding to it some onions, carrots and peppercorns. I brought it to the boil and then reduced to a simmer for about an hour. I then removed the gammon, set it on a roasting tray and slathered it with honey and mustard. After an hour in the oven, I let it cool down before carving and storing in an airtight container in the fridge. It’s especially delicious as a snack with a few drops of tabasco sauce.
And whatever you do, do not throw away the water used for simmering! This, along with the onions and carrots, is perfect stock. I like to use it for pea and ham soup (post coming soon).