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Do I really need to soak the gammon joint overnight?

(14 Posts)
winnybella Tue 28-Sep-10 16:00:40

Not even sure if it's smoked or not, tbh. I've only done it once before and don't think I soaked it.

Plan to boil it for a few hours then glaze and bake for a bit.

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 28-Sep-10 16:03:27

i have never bothered to be honest, and I buy smoked gammon. I boil it from cold, then chuck that water away, and then put new water (or coke) in and start again.

bellavita Tue 28-Sep-10 16:04:00

I have never soaked a gammon joint, just give it a wash, dry and then bunged it in the oven, wrapped in tinfoil in a water bath. The last half hour of the cooking time, I have taken the rind off, criss crossed the fat and put some honey over it and put it back into the oven.

winnybella Tue 28-Sep-10 16:05:49

Oh great grin. I want to do it tonight, perfect.

thrifty Tue 28-Sep-10 16:08:51

same as gerorf... bring to the boil, throw the water away and then reboil (for ham). or just roast it ala bellavita :-)

winnybella Tue 28-Sep-10 16:30:12

oh shit I just put it in cold water with carrots, onions etc.

Do I really have to throw the water out (don't fancy the peeling etc again)?

Poledra Tue 28-Sep-10 16:31:42

I don't throw the water away, winny - I boil the gammon in it then use the water as stock for soup.

Ignore these others, I am clearly Queen Cook here.

muggglewump Tue 28-Sep-10 16:31:50

I never do, I put it in the slow cooker and it's fine.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 28-Sep-10 16:32:08

I normally soak it for an hour, throw the water and then boil it in new water for ham or roast for, well roast!

winnybella Tue 28-Sep-10 16:34:27

Poledra- that's what I mean- do I need to bring it to boil and then take it out and put it in a fresh water? I wanted it to boil with the carrots etc, which are already in the pot, so I guess I would have to throw them out as well and peel new ones?

winnybella Tue 28-Sep-10 16:39:07

arrgh, it's starting to boil!!!

so can I keep on boiling it in the same water or not, please?

Poledra Tue 28-Sep-10 16:46:49

I boil it in the same water, winny.<shrug>

Whatever you do, do not add salt before you taste the stock/soup grin

Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 28-Sep-10 16:53:21

If you do want to change the water, then I wouldn't see the need to change the carrots etc also - just transfer them with the gammon.

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 28-Sep-10 17:00:14

nah, I would just carry on as you are. If you do want to change the water as per MY instructions (ignore that Poledra, Nigella she aint grin) just keep the carrots and shove them in with the new water.

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