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How to desalt salty ham

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by 3riverschick, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    So we got several nice hams. But the 1st we cooked was salty. [​IMG] So, a couple of days later I stopped by the butcher and asked him how I could make them less salty? He was happy to be asked and replied he knew how. [​IMG] Take one part regular 7Up ( or orange juice) and one part water. Combine them to make enough liquid to fill your roaster 1 inch deep. Then set the ham in the liquid (no rack) and bake as usual. He said the acids in the liquid would suck the salt out of the ham. [​IMG] Next time we cooked a ham we tried it and it worked just fine! My that ham tasted much better. [​IMG]
    Karen in soggy western PA, USA

  2. GreenSahara

    GreenSahara In the Brooder

    Dec 8, 2013
    Thanks for posting this. I wonder if it works on salty bacon. We recently got some back from the butcher. :)
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    thanks for the tip!
  4. joshremlin

    joshremlin Chirping

    Jun 15, 2012
    Sheffield (UK)
    We usally soak it for a couple of hours in plain water but a good one for boiling ham is....

    A good sized joint.. ill find out the kg of it.

    Use normal coke a cola (not cheap) cover the joint just about add too table spoons of honey and half a orange into quaters (one on each side of joint) boil till its cooked.

    Just remember to keep topping up the coke.

    Doesn't sound nice but its beautiful
  5. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

    May 22, 2009
    North Central Florida
    I cooked my fresh hams -that were not salted- that way. They were tender and moist and very yummy.
  6. BettyR

    BettyR Songster

    Mar 1, 2008
    Texas Gulf Coast
    We just boil ours whole for a couple of hours then take it out of the pot and stick it in a roasting pan and glaze it with a mixture of brown sugar, honey and the juice of one blood orange.
  7. KentuckyMom

    KentuckyMom Songster

    Jul 15, 2013
    Foster, Kentucky
    I am going to have to try this. This is the 2nd year our landlord has given us a country ham and this one is saltier than last years. I soaked it in cold water for 4 days,changing the water out each day. Then, today I simmered it for 4-5 hours and drained it and it was still unbelievably salty! It will be great fried with eggs! On the package directions it suggested soaking slices in milk for 10 minutes before frying to soak up the salt also.
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  8. 88keysau

    88keysau In the Brooder

    Jan 2, 2014
    Usually when I'm using bacon in cooking I soak it in water first and it removes a lot of the salt. You may find this helps :)

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