Make your own Christmas Ham! Full curing, cooking and dresssing recipe.

15th Dec 2016

With Christmas only two weeks away, we recommend placing your orders for gifts now to avoid delay and disappointment. Australia Post and most freight companies are reporting the busiest lead up to Christmas in many years, so the earlier the better! At Smoked and Cured, we’re excited to bring you our own Christmas Ham recipe again this year. You’ll need ~5-10 days, so get those orders in now to be ready for the big day!

We’re also pleased to announce that the new model 40” Masterbuilt Electric Smoker is back in stock. We’re delighted with the new model – it’s first class in every way. To celebrate, we’ve put together the Masterbuilt Complete Package in time for Saint Nick. This is the ultimate Christmas gift and will make any loved one giddy... we assure you!

We also have a heap of new products on our shelves which we think Smoked & Cured customers are going to love, with many more due to be released in the coming months. Exciting times ahead, so stay tuned…! More information below and make sure you check out our new Smoked Coffee Beans for the perfect start or end to your day.

Ben & Brenton
xmas ham

Make Your Own Christmas Ham

You will need:

Ham - Full Back Leg / Picnic Cut (Front Leg) - uncured.
Misty Gully Maple Ham Cure
Stainless Steel Injector
Large bucket / container / tub / bag
Space in the fridge!

Christmas Glaze
1 & 1/3 cup of brown sugar
1 juice of an orange - enough to make a paste
1 whole orange zest
2 tsp of Keen's mustard powder
1 tablespoon of cloves
20 maraschino cherries (optional)

Curing your Ham
1. Mix your Misty Gully Maple Ham cure with water to make the brine. You need approximately 130g of cure per Litre of water. You need enough brine to completely submerge your ham in your container / tub.
2. Injecting your cure - use your injector to inject your ham with cure/brine as deeply as possible. For a proper cure, you need to inject the equivalent of 25% of the weight of the ham. Eg. If your ham weighs 4kg, you need to inject it with 1 litre of cure/brine. Make sure you get right along the bone.
3. Completely submerge your ham in the brine, then place it in the fridge to cure. How long you leave it to cure in te fridge will be determined by a) how large your cut of meat is and b) how salty you like your ham. For a rough guide, cure your ham for 24 hours per half kg. So for that 4kg ham, leave it in the fridge to cure for 8 days. Turn every 24 hours. That said, 10 days is usually more than sufficient for any full leg of ham.
4. Remove from the fridge and rinse with fresh water. Soak in a tub of fresh water for 30 mins. Rinse again.
5. Put back in the fridge on a plate / rack uncovered for 24 hours. This is where the ham will develop a 'skin' or pellicle, which will allow it to absorb more smoke and other flavours when cooking.

Cooking your Ham
1. Pre-heat your oven or smoker to 120°C. You can cook it slower or faster depending on your preference, but we'd suggest you stick within a range of 100-140°C.
2. If you're using a smoker, we'd suggest Maple, Apple, Cherry or Peach Chips. Try pre-soaking them in apple cider or sherry for extra aroma and flavour complexity.
3. If you're using an oven - spray your Ham with Misty Gully Liquid Smoke, season, and cook.
4. Test your internal temperature constantly. Your ham is ready when it is 68°C throughout internally.
5. Allow to cool for 2 hours.
6. Store wrapped in a tea towel or Ham Bag in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Dressing your Ham
Once you've got your ham already cured and cooked (you can actually just go to Coles and buy a Leg of Ham and just use that too...), for a more special Ham for the Christmas table, then use the following method for dressing your Christmas Ham:

1. In a medium saucepan heat brown sugar, orange juice, zest, a tbsp of cloves and the mustard powder. Allow to simmer until thick and syrupy.
2. Peel the skin off the ham being careful to leave as much fat on the ham as possible. Score the fat in a diamond criss-cross pattern (about an inch distance between each score). Cut maraschino cherries in half and pierce through with a long stemmed clove into each node in the criss-cross pattern.
3. Preheat oven or smoker to 175°C, glaze the ham and begin cooking. Baste every 20-30 min. Cook for approximately 90 minutes, or until the Ham reaches an internal temperature of 68°C.
4. Carve and serve Hot!

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Well, that’s it from us for now. It’s been a huge lead up to Christmas with so many changes here. We’d like to thank everyone for their ongoing patience and support. We are striving to bring the best and most unique products to you each day, and we’re constantly on the look out for ways to improve. It’s been a frustrating period with longer than usual freight times, but we’re also excited to be announcing some changes to our shipping policies and practices to kick of 2017… Stay tuned…!

Until then, please have a safe and Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Kind regards,

Ben, Brenton and the Smoked and Cured Team!

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