How We Made Our Country Hams – For the Curious

Packing the hock with the curing rub.  This, we were told, is where the ham is most likely to spoil.

Packing the hock with the curing rub. This, we were told, is where the ham is most likely to spoil.

The rest of the ham also gets a good coating of the rub.  The salt will draw out the moisture from the meat.

The rest of the ham also gets a good coating of the rub. The salt will draw out the moisture from the meat.

All ready to get wrapped!  We made sure that no part of the ham was exposed.

All ready to get wrapped! We made sure that no part of the ham was exposed.

After the ham was wrapped, we slipped it into a mesh stocking.  It'll hang from this stocking until May, when we unwrap, wash and clean them.

After the ham was wrapped, we slipped it into a mesh stocking. It’ll hang from this stocking until May, when we unwrap, wash and clean them.

All ready!

All ready!

Can't wait to see what happens to them by spring!

Can’t wait to see what happens to them by spring!

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About Jennie Cooper

I'm the mother of eight children, the wife of a retired soldier, and a newly minted farmer. I spend my days fairly productively, home educating our children, raising large quantities of food for several families, and volunteering in our community. I read entire novels a page at a time in the comfort of my bathroom. I tell people I'm Catholic just because they find it so shocking. I think there's nothing so exciting as a thunderstorm coming in. It doesn't bother me at all that my dog barks outside my bedroom window all night. And I rather enjoy being 40. I didn't think I would, but 40 is pretty good.

One thought on “How We Made Our Country Hams – For the Curious

  1. KristyB

    My grandparents (who are originally from here, though I am not) used to have country hams hanging in the garage. I used to think they were so salty they were disgusting. But I had some recently and actually found I like it more than I thought I would. I hope yours turn out well!

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