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Salty Ham

Posted by ngaire 
Salty Ham
December 18, 2016 09:50AM
I have a half a ham which has been frozen , thawed it and it is very salty.
I want to glaze it on tuesday but wonder what I can do to get rid of the salty taste.
All I can think of is to soak it first ???
Help please
Re: Salty Ham
December 18, 2016 01:33PM
I think you are on the right track. A quick Google found this, although I haven't tried it, the science sounds right to me. (Vague memories of soaking potato in saline and sugar solutions in science classes).

[www.justapinch.com]

I see she uses something like lemonade, I'd think a sugar solution would work just as well without risking a lemony taste to the ham (although she says you don't get that).
Re: Salty Ham
December 18, 2016 08:21PM
I used to always cook my own ham but always soaked it overnight in water first to get rid of the salty taste.Then I baked it in the oven.Yours is already cooked but you can surely do no harm soaking in water now.I would soak it before you glaze it.
Re: Salty Ham
December 19, 2016 09:05AM
I have actually used Nigella Lawsons recipe which is along the same lines as Griz's link. [www.nigella.com]
Re: Salty Ham
December 19, 2016 09:08PM
Thawed hams are notoriously salty, something to do with the freezing process drawing out the salt but I don't know the science behind it.
I would soak it before glazing.
Re: Salty Ham
December 21, 2016 08:43AM
Ngaire I am curious to hear how your ham worked out.
Did you manage to reduce the saltiness?
Re: Salty Ham
December 23, 2016 11:46AM
Thankyou ladies , I soaked it in a large pot with two peeled potatatoes.
Changed the water after 2 hrs and left it another hour before draining on a
cake rack over night in the fridge. Put a glaze on it and cooked it for 1 hr.
It was really moist and fabulous to eat . Have wonderful Christmas day.
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