Make American Sweet Ham

Edited by Rafah Perlado, Graeme, Lynn, Eng

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This recipe calls for a 19 day preparation. So if you want to serve this on Christmas or New Year's make sure to prepare this recipe ahead of time. It's good to buy ready made ham in the grocery or elsewhere to save time and effort, but in some cases, it's nice to serve a home cooked meal that you really prepared all by yourself instead. It's refreshing to be old-school sometimes. Because of the rapid changes between the generations, even the simplest food preparation, it sometimes seems, are slowly becoming history.

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Marinate

Ingredients

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  1. 1
    1 kilo pork tenderloin
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  2. 2
    3/4 cup white sugar
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  3. 3
    3/4 cup salt
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  4. 4
    1 teaspoon salitre (curing salt)
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  5. 5
    2 cups water
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  6. 6
    1/2 cup red wine
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  7. 7
    3 tablets ascorbic acid - 500 grams
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Note: Photos above are just sample brands of the ingredients. This does not mean that the same brands are needed in preparing this dish. You can always change things according to what you prefer.

Procedures

  1. 1
    Thoroughly wash the meat under running cold water
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    Pat dry with a clean cloth.
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  2. 2
    In a large bowl or container that comes with a lid, combine the sugar, salt, curing salt, water, red wine, and ascorbic acid.
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  3. 3
    Stir until the ascorbic acid, salt, and sugar are dissolved.
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  4. 4
    Add the dried meat.
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  5. 5
    Poke the meat, using an ice pick or fork, so that the meat will absorb all of the flavors from the mixture.
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  6. 6
    Cover the container with its lid and refrigerate.
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  7. 7
    Repeat steps 5 and 6 for three consecutive days
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    Make sure that every time you poke the meat, you also flip and rest it on its other side to fully soak the meat.
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  8. 8
    On the fourth day through the 18th day, you do not need to poke the meat anymore
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    You just need to flip and change sides once a day.
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  9. 9
    On the 19th day, wash the meat three times.
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  10. 10
    Wrap with a string in a criss-cross way (just like the way you see a typical hams with criss-cross lines).
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Cooking

Ingredients

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  1. 1
    1 small can of pineapple juice
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  2. 2
    2/3 cup water
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  3. 3
    3/4 cup brown sugar
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  4. 4
    1 teaspoon salt
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  5. 5
    1 teaspoon black pepper
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  6. 6
    1/2 teaspoon oregano (or dried leaf of oregano)
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  7. 7
    1/2 teaspoon curry powder (or a small piece of cinnamon)
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  8. 8
    1 small laurel leaf
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Note: Photos above are just sample brands of the ingredients. This does not mean that the same brands are needed in preparing this dish. You can always change things according to your preferences.

Procedures

  1. 1
    In a deep pot combine all the cooking ingredients, then add the washed meat, and bring it to a boil.
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  2. 2
    Wait until the meat is tenderized.
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  3. 3
    Remove the meat from the pot and place it on a sieve or cooling rack
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    Let the excess liquid drip off for a moment.
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  4. 4
    Remove the strings.
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  5. 5
    Place in a baking tin (whatever shape or size, just make sure the meat has enough space to settle in)
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  6. 6
    Sprinkle brown sugar on top and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until it turns brown
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  7. 7
    Let it cool before slicing
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    Then serve.
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Tips

  • You can also inject the meat to fill it with the marinating ingredients.

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  • If you do not have a bowl or container with a lid, you can always cover it using foil.
  • If you do not have an oven, you can always use a kitchen torch or run a knife through a fire until well heated, then pass it through the sprinkled sugar for it to melt.
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Categories : Meats & Main Dishes

Recent edits by: Lynn, Graeme, Rafah Perlado

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