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How To Make The Most Of Your Holiday Ham

Since Pinoy gatherings are all about celebrating with family over food, it’s no wonder that the hefty ham has become such a memorable part of the Pinoy Noche Buena and New Year’s Eve/Day celebrations. Though often served with other holiday staples such as pancit, menudo and the like, the ham still reigns king! And it’s because it hits all the right notes; it’s sweet and salty, and incredibly satisfying!


Here’s how to make the most of your holiday ham.  


1. Usually, the hams Filipinos serve during their celebration are of the cured and smoked variety.

Cured ham is usually made from a pork leg and prepared two ways: brined or hung to dry with a dry rub. You can recognize these hams as they sport a deep rose or pink color, and are ready to eat.

The other type of ham most Filipinos enjoy is the smoked ham, which is essentially a cured ham that goes through the additional step of smoking.


2. If your ham is a little dry, you can always make it juicier by brushing on some additional glaze.

If you don’t have any left over, you can whip up an easy recipe. Mix pineapple juice and brown sugar and heat it on a stove top until it combines and thickens. Another recipe entails mixing together corn syrup, honey and butter. Brush on the glaze and enjoy your ham for another sitting.


3. If you have leftovers, you can enjoy them in so many different ways – as a club sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese; cut up into cubes and added to your favorite salad; or baked over a creamy mac and cheese or any pasta. For appetizers, you can roll a slice of ham around asparagus for a delicious bite. 


4. Still have leftovers? Don’t worry. You can store your Christmas ham up to a week in the refrigerator to be enjoyed in another gathering or for another meal. You can keep them for longer by storing them in airtight bags in the freezer.