We got half a pork for our freezer and most of the cuts were easy to use. He knew exactly what to do with them. However, a fresh ham; I’d never had one of those. I went to Google and found a recipe for fresh ham from Paula Deen. It was by far the simplest recipe out there and it also looked good. I had faith in Paula and she didn’t let me down!
I only make half of the house seasoning at a time and cooked it in the clay pot instead of the oven, but the recipe is his. Note; When I first found this recipe, it was on a different website and had the ingredients and spice measurements included. The link has since been discontinued and I found a similar recipe in the new link above, but it just says “house seasoning.” To continue to give credit, I linked to where I found a similar recipe but didn’t change my post below.
It’s called Crock Pot Cooked Fresh Ham in our house, as I’d rather let it cook all day without my attention. I can even put everything in the garage in the summer heat to keep the kitchen cool.
The first time I did this, my youngest son and I were late home from an event and I was sitting at the counter ready to eat. We were hungry and smelled SO GOOD! I removed the lid and started pulling out pieces with forks to put on a serving plate. We stood at the counter and ate and ate and ate. We didn’t care or need anything with him because he was very good on his own.
A note about
fresh ham: Fresh ham
is not ham. What?! Nope. It is the same piece of pork that is used to make ham, but fresh ham is not cured or smoked like what we consider ham. It’s just a piece of pork. I didn’t know there was such a thing until we got our pork for the freezer.
This recipe calls for a 7-pound ham because that’s what I had. If yours is bigger or smaller, just adjust the seasonings and soy sauce. If you have anything left over, simply store it in a jar or bag until you need it again, UNLESS you have touched the meat. Then you have to throw it away.
Crock Pot Cooked Fresh Ham leftovers
We always have plenty of leftovers from this. Stay tuned for great ideas to use in easy ready-cooked meat recipes! 🙂
Leftovers can also be frozen until you are ready to use them
Try some leftover meat in Healthy Pork Soup and Vegetable Soup
. To make it gluten-free: Many brands of soy sauce have gluten, so be
sure to buy a gluten-free one if you need it to be gluten-free
Here are several varieties of
gluten-free soy sauce: Kikkoman Gluten-free soy sauce.
- sauce. La Bonne gluten-free
- soy sauce
Tamari soy sauce. San-J Tamari Gluten-free soy
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Here it is shown with roasted Parmesan asparagus. Try it!
1 whole fresh
ham soy sauce salted
Rub soy sauce on all sides of the ham.
Mix the salt, pepper and garlic powder in a small bowl.
Cover the ham well with seasoning. You may not need everything. Store what’s left in a Ziploc jar or bag (unless you’ve touched the meat; then throw it away).
Put the meat in a greased clay pot and add 1/2 cup of water to the bottom.
Simmer for 8-10 hours
It can also be cooked in a 325* oven; about 20 minutes per pound or until the internal temperature is 160*. Let the meat rest for a few minutes before cutting.
Slice or crumble and enjoy!
To store leftovers, it is good to add broth from the clay pot to keep it moist.
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