The Country Ham Store is proud to present the best in country ham throughout the South, good old-fashioned salt and sugar curing, plus distinctive regional recipes for flavor are the hallmarks of ham and bacon from Clifty Farms.
Cooking a Salt Cured Ham
You must fry or bake a country cured ham. It has not been cooked,
but requires no refrigeration at room temperatures (75 degrees F.)
until cut. With warm water wash and scrub the ham clean of excess
salt and mold and soak in the refrigerator overnight.
To fry, slice the ham approximately 1/4to 3/8 inches thick and slowly cook
and turn often. Don't overcook. If ham is unusually lean, add
some lard or vegetable oil to the skillet. Some prefer to fry
the center slices in water and carbonated beverage (we like 7 Up).
Serve with biscuits and red eye gravy.
To boil or bake a whole ham or sections, simmer a completely
immersed ham in water or a mixture of water and fruit juice
(apple, orange, or peach) for about 25 minutes per pound, or
bake in the oven at 250 degrees in a roasting pan,
without boiling, in water or a mixture of water, brown sugar
and vinegar for 25 minutes per pound of ham to an internal
temperature of 160 degrees F. Your ham is done when you can
stick a knife into it with a little resistance and the meat
begins to separate from the bone. Remove the skin and excess
fat, return the ham to a roasting pan and add cloves and a
rub of brown sugar, vinegar, and dried mustard and broil
until sugar is melted. When browned as desired, add pineapples
or baked apple slices, and serve at room temperature or warmer.
For more recipes visit The Country Ham Store.
Storing and Slicing
Store in a brown paper bag or its original wrapping in a cool dry place. Do not wrap in plastic. Once the ham is cut you should wrap the pieces and refrigerate for immediate use, or freeze.
According to the USDA a whole, uncut, properly cured and stored Country Ham can be edible for one year. For best taste Clifty Farm recommends consumption of their hams within six months.
To slice, cut parallel to the aitchbone on a diagonal. Determine whether you have a right or left leg by positioning the ham with the butt end up and the flatter side down. The bulbous rear portion is the back of the leg. Slice down on a 45 degree angle from the back of the leg. The butt is best for baking and the center of the ham for frying. Use the shank portion for cubing and biscuit portions of meat. Smaller portions from the hock can be used for beans and vegetables.
You can ask your local butcher or supermarket to slice your ham to your specifications, they'll usually do this as a courtesy to their regular customers, or charge between $4-5.
Just had to let you know that we had purchased one of your salt cured hams
before Christmas. Never got around to cooking it until this past week. It
was wonderful! We will be back for more! Thanks for a wonderful product.
Gary and Barbara C.
Los Osos, CA
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