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Post Easter - what to do with a ham bone?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 09, 2012 at 3:25 PM

This is my first year where I won't be able to make my usual black beans with my leftover Easter ham bone.

What are some good Paleo ham bone recipes to make? Split pea and ham soup? Can ham bones be used for bone broth? Or is that a beef bone thing?

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on April 10, 2012
at 02:46 PM

I thought peas were legumes too, but my husband was looking it up and said no, they're not. So yeah, now I really don't know.

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on April 09, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Yeah, I think I'm going to suck it up and make soup this time. It makes me sad not to make my favorite beans, but the thought of the amount of gas that it would produce amongst the members of this household is a good enough deterrent for me.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on April 09, 2012
at 07:19 PM

I do have dogs. That bone would be gone in 4 seconds!

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on April 09, 2012
at 06:37 PM

Depending on the ham bone in question, it might not have enough connective tissue and marrow to make it an effective bone for broth. However, if there are nice chunks of salty meat on it, it would probably make for a great soup bone, split pea or otherwise!

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at 05:39 PM

The ham is already cooked, and we're enjoying the leftovers now. I'm just wondering what to do with the bone once all of the meat is finished.

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on April 09, 2012
at 11:21 PM

You can pull a Lindsay from Arrested Development and just heat it up in water: "I call it...hot ham water!"

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on April 10, 2012
at 01:08 AM

Chuck it in your chilli pot!

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on April 09, 2012
at 06:46 PM

I gave mine to the dog... she loved it.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on April 09, 2012
at 07:19 PM

I do have dogs. That bone would be gone in 4 seconds!

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on April 09, 2012
at 04:59 PM

Since a ham bone is likely to be an occasional/rare item, I think the biggest issue is saltiness. When I buy bone-in hams now, which I also did for the holiday, I give the ham a good wash and rub under the faucet and plug it into my slow-cooker with fresh water.

Over the course of some hours the ham becomes increasingly tender until with a little nudge with a steak knife most of the meat comes right off the bone. By that point, the meat is nicely mild and tender but the broth is pretty salty.

In the past, cooks used potato to absorb excess salt--they threw the spud away. What I do is NOT cook my veggies in the broth as I'd do with other meat. I dish out the mild ham and cooked vegetables (either sauteed or simmered in a little plain water) and then spoon a little ham broth over the vegetables as a condiment. When the meat's all gone I continue using the broth, cut with plain water, to fix other things and simply omit whatever salt I would otherwise have added.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on April 09, 2012
at 05:39 PM

The ham is already cooked, and we're enjoying the leftovers now. I'm just wondering what to do with the bone once all of the meat is finished.

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on April 10, 2012
at 03:47 AM

If you're avoiding black beans, why are you considering split peas? They're in the same category of legumes, right? I promise I'm not trying to be snarky, just curious!

I'm no fancy cook, but I don't see why it couldn't be a good start to a soup base with lots of vegetables. Mmmm.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on April 10, 2012
at 02:46 PM

I thought peas were legumes too, but my husband was looking it up and said no, they're not. So yeah, now I really don't know.

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