Cooking ham for packed lunches

Following my post on how to use ham for packed lunch, I will show you how easy it is to make lots of ham. You can then use it for diner and all sorts of packed lunches, i.e. sandwiches, tortilla wraps, rice or pasta salads or even microwavable lunches to eat at the workplace.

Cooking your own ham is very easy and very money efficient. Just remember to cook more than you need so that you can store the surplus for future use. Here is what I do:

Boil in water.

Gammon reading for boiling

Add bay leaf + onion pricked with cloves + few peppercorns

Remove excess fat, make a criss cross pattern and spread glaze on top

spreading honey and mustard on boiled ham

Spread mixture of 1tsp clear honey + 1tsp mustard

You will find that gammons are often quite short and will tend to fall sideways in your dish. Tip: use a fork as a widget to keep the gammon upright.Using fork as wedge to hold ham upright

Cook in the oven for 20 min. Tip: remove the fork with an oven glove and place it in the sink to ensure you will not pick it up with bare hands while still hot! I know! I have done it before! There is something in your brain that alway expect forks to be cold and you will burn yourself if you are not careful! 

Then, cut slices as thin as possible.

Keep some for diner:Roast Ham served with pasta, broccoli and

Put the rest in the fridge and/or freezer for use in your packed lunches. Make sure you separate your slices with double-thickness greaseproof paper otherwise you will end up with a big frozen block.

sliced ham ready to freeze