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Nov 25, 2010 11:43 AM

The enormous ham

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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  1. While I sympathize, I'm also very very VERY very jealous . . .

    Lucky guests!

    1. Where are the photos? Your guests better be ready with the platitudes.

      1. Save it for Christmas and prepare it properly.

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          1. re: monku

            That ham is NOT going to be ready tomorrow, regardless of what you do.
            Save it.

            Run down to the grocery story and buy one or two ham ends- they'll cook in under three hours.

            You could not even have your carving knife sharp enough by tomorrow a.m. if you started now

          2. Are there any hotels near you with kitchens? If you call, you should be able to find a general manager on duty and ask if you can borrow a large enough pot for tomorrow. If there are any restaurants open today near you, you can also ask. It goes without saying, that if anyone says yes, you should bring over a bottle of very good booze and also pass as much business as possible their way.

            1. Most large grocery stores have some very large turkey roasters- get the largest you can find. In a pinch, you can cut off the hock with a hack saw to make it fit.

              Don't forget to scrub off the mold and remove the skin- good luck!

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              1. re: Clarkafella

                You can probably soak and rinse it in an ice chest.