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Has anyone made a full ham in the crockpot? I have searched around for recipes but everything seems to start with a fully cooked ham. Is there a reason you can cook a raw ham in the crockpot? Also, based on the recipes I've seen why would you take a fully cooked ham and then cook if for 6 more hours in the crockpot? Seems like overkill. Thanks.

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nobodyhere
Nov. 7th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
A full ham wouldn't fit in most (any?) crockpots. I don't see any reason you couldn't cook a piece of a raw ham that would fit in a crockpot in a crockpot.

You may have better luck with a smoked ham hock, which tastes like ham but is smaller.
juliebean
Nov. 7th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
If I'm wrong I'm sure that someone here will correct me but I believe that ll hams are cooked or smoked or cured to some extent, not actually "raw". Wouldn't they be just a pork butt roast, if they were raw? Now I'm really curious.

But it is my understanding that one of the reasons to cook a fully cooked ham for a long time is to allow the water that has been pumped into it to gradually seep out and make it taste more like a country style ham - less processed. It improves the flavor and gives it a more chewy "ham" texture too.

You can also add your own favorite flavors - brown sugar or my favorite, coca-cola, to it.
nobodyhere
Nov. 7th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
They're all cured, but a cooked ham can be eaten right out of the package and a "raw" ham must be cooked. If you cook (warm? heat?) the cooked ham, the cooking instructions are different: http://www.sfc.ucdavis.edu/docs/consumer.html.

Think of it like bacon, which is cured but still "raw" -- it must be cooked to be safe to eat.
littlehounddog
Nov. 7th, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
I've cooked a full raw ham in the crockpot before. I added apple juice and it was DELICIOUS!
daniellec
Nov. 7th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
I've got two recipes for ham in my Fix It And Forget It cookbook.

Ham and Potatoes
6-8 medium red, or russet, potatoes, cut in to chunks.
2-3 lb. boneless ham
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp dry mustard

1. Prick potato pieces with fork. Place in slow cooker.
2. Place ham on top of potatoes. Crumble brown sugar over ham. Sprinkle with dry mustard.
3. Cover. Cook on low 10 or more hours, until potatoes are tender.
4. Pour juices over ham and potatoes to serve.

Ham in Cider
3 lb ham (or larger; whatever fits your slow cooker)
4 cups sweet cider or apple juice
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp ground cloves
2 cups white seedless raisins

1. Place ham and cider in slow cooker.
2. Cover. Cook on low 8-10 hours.
3. Remove ham from cider and place in baking pan.
4. Make a paste of sugar, mustard, cloves and a little hot cider. Brush over ham. pour a cup of juice from slow cooker in to baking pan. Stir in raisins.
5. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, until the paste has turned in to a glaze.
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