Cooking Tip: How to Carve a Ham

Many people carve their ham horizontally, but you’ll actually get better, more even slices if you carve the slices vertically. Follow these steps below and you can’t go wrong.

Step 1 – Place ham skin side up. Then run a small sharp knife under the rind around the bottom (opposite end to hock) and each side of the ham to about halfway up. Peel the rind back. Step1BLACKsml
Step 2 – Run the tip of the knife around the bone, on the underside of the ham. Begin to slice on a slight angle down to the bone. Step2BLACKsml
Step 3 – Run your knife lengthways along the bone to remove slices. Continue to slice towards the hock. Step3BLACKsml
Step 4 – Continue slicing down to the bone, working your way around the ham. When you’ve reached about a third of the way up, you can remove the bone by making a few short cuts at the joint. Step4BLACKsml
Step 5 – To keep your ham fresh, fold rind back over exposed surface, place in a Ham Bag, pillowcase or wrap in a tea towel and store in the fridge. See more about storing your ham on this post. Step5BLACKsml

Alison Clinch

Alison Clinch has 20 years marketing experience gained in small and medium size business. She is especially passionate about supporting local communities, communications, and brand management. In her role with The Free Range Butcher Alison is responsible for the company’s branding, promotion, advertising and website. Her experience in the kitchen and passion for good food also brings refreshing new ideas for our recipe suggestions. Initially working alongside her husband Ben at the farmers markets, Alison is more ‘behind the scenes’ now, and keeping busy with two young apprentices’ / kids, Tom and Georgia.

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