mummy's boiled ham
mummy's boiled ham

Mummy’s Tasty Boiled Ham

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February 26, 2012

My three kids love ham sandwiches (like most kids) so instead of buying packs of sliced ham in the shops which is full of water, preservatives and additives, we buy a ham joint and cook it ourselves. It's really easy to do, cost effective and you get some fab stock out it that you can use for making risottos or soups.

I recommend buying a smoked ham joint if you can as it will naturally last longer due to the smoking process.

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 mins
  • 5 mins

    1 hr 30 mins

    1 hr 35 mins

  • Yields: loads...


1kg smoked ham joint

Couple of onions

2 carrots

2 leeks

Handful of peppercorns

Couple of bay leaves


Rinse the ham joint and place it in a saucepan full of cold water (make sure the ham joint is covered)

Peel the carrots

Peel the onions and chop them in half

Wash and chop the leeks in large chunks

Drop in the peppercorns and bay leaves

Bring the water to the boil

As it gets to the boil pour off the water, being careful not to lose the ingredients, add fresh cold water and bring back to the boil again - this helps reduce the salt

Boil gently for 90 mins

Drain water off into bowl to cool and freeze for use another time

Lift the ham into a bowl and place upside down plate on top

Now place heavy books on top to force any water out of the ham while it cools

Leave for a few hours

Remove any fat from outside

Wrap in clingfilm and store in fridge for up to a week

Slice when needed

The kids can help out too by preparing the vegetables that sit in the water while the ham cooks because they don't need to be chopped finely, big chunks will do here.

Serving Suggestions

  • This ham can be used for sandwiches (great with some brown sauce)
  • Great sliced and cold for breakfast (with brown sauce again)
  • Can be used a Pizza topping


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