Cooking with Cola
Dan Murphey, president of Clifty Farm Country Meats, demonstrates how to cook center slices of country ham with cola.

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR WHOLE HAMS
Preparation:
Soak old hams in water overnight before boiling. Remove hock; scrub ham thoroughly with stiff brush and warm water, if molded.

METHOD 1: Boil
Step 1: Place ham, skin side up, in deep pan and add water to within two inches of top of pan.
Step 2: Bring to a slow boil and add one cup of brown sugar, honey, or sorghum molasses.
Step 3: Cook 20 minutes per pound of ham or if a meat thermometer is used, it will be done when internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.

METHOD 2: Bake
Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Step 2: Place ham, skin sude up, in deep covered roaster and add 2-3 inches of water.
Step 3: Cook slowly to simmer but not boil and add one cup of brown sugar, honey, or sorghum molasses.
Step 4: Cook 20 minutes per pound of ham or if a meat thermometer is used, it will be done when internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.

METHOD 3: Bake
Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Step 2: Place ham in oven bag in roasting pan and add 4 cups of water to bag. (Hock does not have to be removed).
Step 3: Close oven bag with tie; cut six 1/2 inch slits in top of bag.
Step 4: Cook 20 minutes per pound of ham or if a meat thermometer is used, it will be done when internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.

FINAL STEPS: Remove skin and allow to cool in liquid in which it was cooked. After ham is cool, remove from liquid and cover with paste made of brown sugar moistened with vinegar. Stick with cloves. Place under broiler or hot oven until sugar melts to form a glaze. Serve hot or cold.



Fried Country Ham Slices
The ham slices should be sliced to desired thickness. Do not trim any excess fat from the slices until after frying. Place slices in skillet turning lean part of ham away from the hottest part of the skillet. Add just a little water. Fry slowly for 4 to 8 minutes. Turn slices frequently. For obtaining milder flavor, cook ham slowly in frying pan with equal parts of carbonated beverage and water. Use enough liquid to cover the bottom of the pan as using too much will cause the ham to burn. Apple juice can also be used.

Red Eye Gravy:
Pour excess grease from the skillet. Add a little water or coffee to the skillet. Stir and boil for three minutes.
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