Thanksgiving dinner can be a very expensive meal to plan. Especially, if you are hosting the family get together. There are ways to save money this Thanksgiving. Here are 3 basic tips to saving money and eating healthier. Most require minor changes to your meal plan. All make it easier ham joint cooking times roast the cook.
Before actually learn how to bake a ham slow cooker it is important to make sure that you buy and defrost it in time to prepare. Depending on the size of your ham it will probably take a good 24 hours to defrost your Easter ham dinner in the microwave. This is the safest way to do it though you can also run it under cold water for a couple of hours if you forgot to take it out of the freezer.
Music It's good to have cooking ham music quietly playing in the background. If you want to try for a more sophisticated repast, classical music from Westminster Choir is great, and Handel's Messiah is a Christmas favorite thanks to the famous, "Hallelujah" chorus.
Peel and dice potatoes, and place in a large dutch oven pot. Add in Eggs. Fill with water until potatoes are covered and boil until potatoes are firm, but not soft. Keep an eye on them to make sure you don't over cook them. If they are over cooked, they will turn into mashed potatoes. Once cooked, drain and set aside to make the dressing.
Realize as well that the Thomas Kinkade Christmas paintings are an ideal but somewhat unrealistic. They are images of what we would really like to experience, but very few do. Most of us are like window shoppers looking at those soft, fuzzy images of Kinkade's classic christmas ham scenes, but we do not have the ability to buy into it so we never go inside. We stand for a little while gazing at them and imagining ourselves there. Wouldn't it be wonderful just to be there? Away from all the problems and violence in the world. Away from our own struggles and sadness. Then we turn away, and the scene fades.
After church, we would go home and hide Easter eggs. This was usually a family event as well as a neighborhood event. The kids and grownups would take turns hiding the eggs, and it was always a thrill to hide an egg that nobody could find. A few times I forgot where I hid them and they were not found until the next year. When I was a child, we did not have the plastic eggs to hide. We had to hide the real eggs that we had colored the night before. By the end of the day, the eggs were all cracked and dirty. Not many of them were actually ever eaten.
You will really be surprised at how delicious your Christmas ham comes out. Boiling the ham prior to putting it in the oven, removes a fair amount of sodium from the ham. If you are one that thinks that cooked hams are too salty, you will enjoy this new way of cooking a Christmas ham or a ham for any special occasion. I have found that this recipe for cooking a Christmas ham pleases all the guests--even those with restricted diets. Enjoy!