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Jan 3, 2012 05:01 PM

I have 1.5lbs of ham and ham bones - help me use it!

I lost my job a while back and money is finally starting to get tight. Around Thanksgiving I bought a cheap ham to make sandwiches and whatnot with, and vac sealed and froze 1.5lbs of chunks of it and the bone. I've never done split pea soup, and frankly, it looks kinda gross, though I don't remember ever having tasted it. If it matters, one of my biggest "things" is I tend to be sensitive to texture - mushy things are pretty much unpalatable to me.

I'm open to many ideas as long as they're inexpensive. Taking a long time isn't much of an issue, as I'm unemployed, but being flavorful is. What should I make?

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  1. I suggest combining with potatoes and onions to make:
    Navy Bean Soup

    1. Jambalaya.........
      Red beans & Rice..........

      1. Fried rice with ham, onion, and whatnot is inexpensive and easy. It's best done in a wok, but if you don't have one, a skillet will do.

        The ham bone goes in bean soup, along with some of the ham, onion, carrot, tomato, etc.

        To avoid mushy beans, cook them when you are present, and taste them frequently. Stop when they no longer seem undercooked.

        1. Split pea has a distinctive taste, you might want to try a regular navy bean soup. If you have cornmeal, make up some cornbread for the side.
          I usually simmer the bone, making a stock, then clean off any meat I want to use, but usually, the meat is bland after making the stock. I put in some carrots, onion, celery, and a bay leaf.
          Then, I take the strained stock, and use that to make the soup.I sometimes use beans soaked and cooked from scratch (very cheap), and sometimes I use canned beans.
          If you like baked beans, put it all in a slowcooker with the meat and bone.
          If you like potatoes, scalloped potatoes with ham is good. You can use evaporated milk (not the sweet stuff) for the liquid, and that's pretty cheap, too. layer very thinly sliced potatoes, some onion, a sprinkling of flour, pepper, repeat. Then pour the milk over the top and bake.
          Using bits of ham is good in fried rice, too.

          1. I love the idea of scalloped potatoes but hubby has little to interest in them, though I may still make them because they're awesome. Good call guys.

            Otherwise, I like the idea of using it in the baked beans. That would be awesome.

            I may try making navy bean soup though, I've never made it before and I love a challenge.

            Thanks guys!