This is a non-perishable product. No refrigeration is required during or after shipment.
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Storage: Requires no refrigeration prior to cooking. For peak flavor, prepare within 2 months of purchase. Store by hanging in cool, dry place. If stored longer, ham will continue to dry and become more intensely flavored.
Preparation: Mold on skin of an aged ham is natural and harmless. Remove by washing with hot water and stiff brush. Can be soaked in hot water overnight to remove salt. If you soak your ham, be sure to change water before cooking.
Carving: The flavor of aged hams is enhanced by carving into very thin slices. (Thick slices can cause overpowering flavor intensity.) Using a sharp knife, make your first cut on the glazed side of the ham, at hock (small) end. Cut consecutive slices on a 45 degree angle, straight to the bone, keeping slices as thin as possible.
Traditional Method: After washing & soaking, place ham in large pan and fully submerge in cold water. Bring water to slow SIMMER (not boil) and maintain for 20-25 minutes per pound (e.g., approximately 5 hours for 12 lb. ham) – or until meat thermometer shows internal temperature of 160 degrees F. Add water as needed to keep ham covered. When fully cooked, remove ham from pan and, while still warm, remove skin & trim fat to 1/4-inch thickness. Glaze ham, if desired.
Baking: After washing the ham cook the ham in a low oven in a covered roasting pan with just a quart of water or after washing and soaking the han you can pour 5 cups of water over ham, place lid firmly on pan and place in pre-heated oven at 500 degrees F. After 15 minutes, turn off oven. DO NOT OPEN OVEN. In 3 hours, re-heat oven to 500 degrees F., bake for 15 minutes – and turn off oven again. (DO NOT OPEN.) Leave ham in oven overnight, or until oven is completely cool. Finally, take ham out of pan, remove skin & trim fat to 1/4-inch thickness. Glaze ham, if desired.
Frying: Cut UNCOOKED ham into slices no more than 1/8-inch thick, wash and trim off skin. Place in skillet with 1/8 cup water, parboil until water is gone. Cook slices over medium heat until slightly browned. (Avoid overcooking, as this will cause ham to become tough.) Frying tends to intensify the flavor of aged ham.
Red Eye Gravy: Remove fried slices to platter. To skillet drippings, add ¾ cup water or water/coffee mixture. Bring to boil and serve with ham slices.
Glazing: After skin removal and fat trimming, rub 1 cup of glaze (or brown sugar) over ham, score fat in a diamond pattern, and stub with whole cloves. Bake at 300 degrees F for about 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Shelf Life (after cooking): 10 days without refrigeration, 8 weeks refrigerated, 4 months frozen.