Boiled Ham

S15 (US Season 9)EPISODE 04
Making your own sandwich ham is simple, but it takes time.


Making your own sandwich ham is simple but it takes time and it requires you to do a little high school math – the ideal amount of salt should be 2,4 per cent of the combined weight of the ham and the water in the brine. The less precise option is to add 1 tablespoon salt per pound of meat and 2 tablespoons per quart water.

Combine all ingredients in a pot that is just big enough to fit the meat and water. Stir to make the salt dissolve.  Leave in the fridge for 7 days. The water should cover the meat.

To cook the ham, bring to a boil and then let it simmer at 175-190 degrees F/80-90 C for 5 hours. Turn off heat and leave to cool off in the cooking water.