The Best Ham You Ever Made

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Book:  The children and I are reading  “Walt Disney” by Bill Scollon.  Since we are planning a trip to Disney World, I thought it would be a fun read.  It’s a great book for teaching grit and perseverance as well.  Walt failed time and time again.  He was rejected from the Kansas City newspapers because there was not job available.  His film distributor was trying to pay him less and less for his films of Oswald.  He also came from a poor family and worked his way up the ladder by being smart, a hard worker and countless hours of practice.  I recommend it for anyone wanting to teach their children these values.

Recipe:  This is the BEST ham we have ever made.  I have made them for holidays and such when they go on sale every year.  I have tried cooking whole hams in the slow cooker which was just plain gross.  I tried cooking them in the oven which was just okay.  FINALLY, we got it right.  This recipe takes a little bit of planning ahead, but it isn’t that bad.

Is a ham freezer friendly?  The butcher suggested not to freeze a whole ham.  But from experience, I had no problem freezing small portions of ham like leftovers, soups or batches for sandwiches.

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The Best Ham You Ever Made

Ingredients

  • 1 - spiral sliced, bone in half ham (7-10 lbs)
  • You will need: 1 oven bag (you will see these often used for roasting turkey)
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • (if you need more glaze, simply mix together equal parts of brown sugar and honey)

Instructions

  1. Do NOT open the ham up all the way. Remove any mesh or outer foil and keep the inner foil or plastic wrap on the ham!
  2. With the ham still wrapped, place it in a very large bowl or stock pot. Fill the pot to the top with HOT water. Let the ham sit for 45 minutes.
  3. Drain the water and cover the ham up again in hot water for another 45 minutes.
  4. PREHEAT OVEN TO 250 DEGREES.
  5. Remove ham from water and the plastic or foil wrap it is in. Place the ham into an oven bag and twist the end. Seal with the twist tie that came with the bag and cut off any extra plastic. Cut 3 or 4 slits into the top of the bag.
  6. Bake ham in roasting pan pan for 60-90 minutes.
  7. While the ham is baking, mix the brown sugar and honey in a bowl. Heat it in the microwave for 20 seconds.
  8. INCREASE OVEN TO 350 degrees. Cut open the oven bag and brush 1/3 of the brown sugar glaze on the ham. Pop in the oven for 15 minutes.
  9. Brush another 1/3 of the glaze on the ham. You may need to reheat the honey/brown sugar again in the microwave. Let the ham rest for 15 minutes under foil. Carve and eat!
  10. Serve ham with leftover glaze.
  11. Cooking technique from America's Test Kitchen
http://www.whisktogether.com/2015/01/08/the-best-ham-you-ever-made/

Best Ham EVER
serves 10-12

1 – spiral sliced, bone in half ham (7-10 lbs)

You will need: 1 oven bag (you will see these often used for roasting turkey)

Glaze:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey

(if you need more glaze, simply mix together equal parts of brown sugar and honey)

1.  Do NOT open the ham up all the way.  Remove any mesh or outer foil and keep the inner foil or plastic wrap on the ham!
2.  With the ham still wrapped, place it in a very large bowl or stock pot.  Fill the pot to the top with HOT water.  Let the ham sit for 45 minutes.
3.  Drain the water and cover the ham up again in hot water for another 45 minutes.
4.  PREHEAT OVEN TO 250 DEGREES.
5.  Remove ham from water and the plastic or foil wrap it is in.  Place the ham into an oven bag and twist the end.  Seal with the twist tie that came with the bag and cut off any extra plastic.  Cut 3 or 4 slits into the top of the bag.
6.  Bake ham in roasting pan pan for 60-90 minutes.
7.  While the ham is baking, mix the brown sugar and honey in a bowl.  Heat it in the microwave for 20 seconds.
8.  INCREASE OVEN TO 350 degrees.  Cut open the oven bag and brush 1/3 of the brown sugar glaze on the ham.  Pop in the oven for 15 minutes.
9.  Brush another 1/3 of the glaze on the ham.  You may need to reheat the honey/brown sugar again in the microwave.  Let the ham rest for 15 minutes under foil.  Carve and eat!
10.  Serve ham with leftover glaze.

Cooking technique from America’s Test Kitchen

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Bacon Wrapped Crackers

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**Recipe Update 12/2/14**  After a thorough study of these addictive things, I have found a few ways to make them good and bad.  One, use a thin cut bacon.  The thick cut gets mushy instead of crispy and turns the appetizer to mush.  Two, use center cut bacon if possible.  Again, the excess fat around the crackers turns the appetizer to mush.  The center cut did the best!

SUPER DUPER easy awesome kids could do it tasty treats!!!

The ultimate food in sweet-salt appetizers.  These are so stinking easy to put together.  I don’t even prep them except for cutting the bacon in half!

I know… they aren’t paleo, or low carb, or low sugar, or whatever.  But, they do have protein! 🙂  So, that makes it a health food, right?  Just like when people blog about how their recipe is SOOOOO awesome when it contains two WHOLE cups of sugar, 3 pounds of butter and some other stuff.  Of course it tastes AMAZING!  The whole thing is loaded with fat and sugar!  Two of the three things our bodies love to crave.  But anyway.  I digress.  I can hear my 11th grade English teacher now in the background shouting, “Digression!”

 

Speaking of digression, wouldn’t it be awesome to write a novel just the way it is?  Start out with “Hello.  This is the introduction.  I am going to set the scene for you using time and place to inform you the setting of this story.  Next, we will introduce the main character.  The main character named Protagonist will have a want.  Protagonist will have a large want and a few small wants perhaps.  Later on in the story, the enemy Antagonist will be the obstacle or set up the obstacle.  Naturally, Protagonist will have to use tactics to overcome the external obstacle that Antagonist has put up.  All of this will get rather tedious and boring without Urgency.  Urgency will drive the pressure and create a timeframe by which Protagonist must obtain his want.  But wait!  There’s more!  Any good writer will include an internal obstacle and an alternate internal “want” that the Protagonist must obtain in the end.  Without this internal want, destroying the Death Star becomes rather boring.  But, become a cool Jedi knight that discovers the force and his own inner strength becomes quite meaningful.  So now we have characters + want + obstacle + tactics + urgency = DRAMA!   Oh, and don’t forget your setting!

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Recipe:  Back to the recipe… just make these alright?  You’ll thank me later.  We munched on these and made them in batches throughout the day on Thanksgiving.  It was awesome.  The turkey roasted while these bacon wrapped babies sat in the small convection oven on the counter top.  The down side (or I see as an upside) is that these can take 1-2 hours in the oven depending on how hot you set the oven.  But this is cool!  I just make them about a half hour before the guests are supposed to arrive and then plate them nice and hot as they arrive.

Bacon Wrapped Crackers

Ingredients

  • 12 ounce package bacon (I like center cut)
  • 1 sleeve of Club crackers
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar per cracker

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees or 300 degrees. 250 degrees will cook them in 1 hour to 1 and 1/2 hours. 300 degrees will cook them in 30-45 minutes.
  2. Put foil down on your jelly roll pan or drip pan. Then, place a wire rack or broiling tray on top. I learned the hard way to make sure you include the foil on the bottom.
  3. Cut the bacon in half - not length wise. I do this with my kitchen scissors.
  4. Place club cracker down. Place a teaspoon of brown sugar in the middle. Then, wrap the bacon around the cracker and sugar. Place the appetizer with the seam side down.
  5. Repeat and bake at 250 for 60-90 minutes. Bake at 300 for 30-45 minutes. The bacon will be cooked through and browned when finished.
  6. Allow to cool 5 minutes and serve. They tastes MUCH better if you wait 5 minutes.
  7. Recipe adapted from Food Network
http://www.whisktogether.com/2014/12/13/bacon-wrapped-crackers/

Bacon Wrapped Crackers
serves 12

12 ounce package bacon (I like center cut  You want to use center cut!  This is a must for crispy!)
1 sleeve of Club crackers
1 tsp. brown sugar per cracker

1.  Preheat oven to 250 degrees or 300 degrees.  250 degrees will cook them in 1 hour to 1 and 1/2 hours.  300 degrees will cook them in 30-45 minutes.
2.  Put foil down on your jelly roll pan or drip pan.  Then, place a wire rack or broiling tray on top.  I learned the hard way to make sure you include the foil on the bottom.
3.  Cut the bacon in half – not length wise.  I do this with my kitchen scissors.
4.  Place club cracker down.  Place a teaspoon of brown sugar in the middle.  Then, wrap the bacon around the cracker and sugar.  Place the appetizer with the seam side down.
5.  Repeat and bake at 250 for 60-90 minutes.  Bake at 300 for 30-45 minutes.  The bacon will be cooked through and browned when finished.
6.  Allow to cool 5 minutes and serve.  They tastes MUCH better if you wait 5 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Food Network

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