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Old 04-10-2013, 02:39 PM   #1
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Default Easter Ham Bone 2 Choices

Got the bone from the 12# ham my sister cooked for Easter. Trimmed it (not too closely) this morning. Now the decision...

Like any thrifty cook, I intend to simmer this bone for stock. Supposed to be cool (in the 40's) and rainy for the next couple of days, and I have the time to babysit the stockpot. Plus the added bonus of putting the pot outside for the initial cool down before I refrigerate overnight, lift the fat off, then bag and freeze the stock.

Or, I'm thinking about wrapping the bone and freezing it to make the stock later this fall. Freezer space is kind of tight, and I still have about 4 generous helpings of ham and beans in the freezer right now.

I prefer to bag liquids so they are thin and fairly flat when frozen, but I have also had bags torn when someone went rummaging through the freezer and wasn't careful when adding or removing items from the freezer.

Any thoughts?

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Old 04-10-2013, 02:47 PM   #2
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Well, if freezer space is tight, I'd freeze it for next fall, just make sure it is tightly wrapped, vacuum bagged if you have that option.

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Old 04-10-2013, 05:45 PM   #3
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My favorite thing to do with a ham bone is make split pea soup, mmmmmm.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:18 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by savageford View Post
My favorite thing to do with a ham bone is make split pea soup, mmmmmm.
I second that. Split pea soup, mmmmmmm.........
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:18 PM   #5
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ham and bean soup. Just wath out for the music.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:53 PM   #6
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+1 on the slit pea....probably make some this weekend!
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:44 PM   #7
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Im going to have to add a 4th to that split pea soup! Heaven!
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:29 PM   #8
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My vote for split pea as well. With lots of onions, celery and carrots.

As far as bags tearing in the freezer, get a FoodSaver or similar. The bags are pretty tough, oxygen tight and won't get torn in the freezer.
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:05 PM   #9
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Just made a nice batch of ham & bean soup today with a ham bone from the freezer.
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