Tender and juicy ham, which is free from artificial additives, preservatives and colourants is very hard to find. Unfortunately, the majority of products which are available in both local shops and supermarkets are in fact far from perfect. However, there is one simple way in which we can replace shop-bought ham with premium quality cold meat. All we need is a bit of time and a pressure cooker.
Is it worth making homemade ham?
Although many of us believe that making ham at home is a hassle, the process is simple and doesn’t take much time. The ingredients for home-made ham are widely available and the cost of 100% natural ham made at home is much cheaper than buying it in the shop. What is more, we can experiment with flavours, meat types, glazes and adjust them to our preferences. With some modern utensils, pots and special herb and spices mixes we can easily obtain delicious and tender ham at home.
What type of ham can I make?
One of the biggest benefits of preparing home-made ham is that you can adjust its flavour to your preferences. The first step to make ham is to choose meat. Here you have a really wide choice. Depending on your likes and dislikes, you can opt for chicken, turkey, pork, lamb, beef, etc. It all up to you! Once you have chosen the type of meat, then you can experiment with marinades and glazes. You can go for an already prepared mix of herbs and spices or try to combine the ingredients of your choice. Apart from spices, you can try such products as honey, mustard, garlic, or even beer and apple cider.
How to use a pressure ham cooker?
Using a pressure ham cooker is simple, and you don’t have to be a professional chef to do it. Firstly, season meat and let it spend some time in the marinade. Then put the meat into a special plastic bag that you will put inside the pressure cooker. Mount the spring included in the set and seal the lid. Pour water into a bigger pot and heat it. Put the smaller pot with your ham inside and install the thermometer. Control the temperature inside and when it reaches 70 Celsius degrees, place the cooker into cold water. Now your first home-made ham is ready!
Not that the preparation time depends on the weight of meat. The bigger your ham is, the more time it needs to be ready.