Pull Apart Honey Ham in the Crock-Pot

Pull Apart Honey Ham in the Crock-Pot

One of the biggest complaints that I hear from other moms when talking about eating healthier, is how expensive it is. Organic meat costs more, fresh produce is more expensive, and healthier dry options, like cereal and granola bars, have a bigger price tag than all of the other options on the shelves. Of course they do!

Organic food manufacturers are being required to pay high prices to prove that their products are clean and free of toxic chemicals. I know, it’s a little backwards. Food that is actually good for you should be the easiest to get ahold of, and the least expensive at the store. But that’s not our current reality.


Those items that have been tampered with and loaded with dangerous ingredients should be the ones that have to pay more for their products. But all that means is that I have to get a little more creative when trying to cut down on our food expenses, and use our grocery budget to its fullest at the store.

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One way that I do this is to take advantage of sales when I see them and stock up. For instance, if I can take advantage of nitrate-free ham when it goes on sale just after the holidays for a really great price (lower than traditional ham), and stock up, then I can make a variety of products to use throughout the year like ham slices for lunch meat and cooked ham for soups, casseroles, and other dishes, to name a couple.

I can simple pop the different products in the freezer, or can the cooked ham and ham broth, and then it is available to use any time of the year when we need it, all for that better price. By buying the whole ham, rather than the processed lunch meat slices, I also save a boatload of money. Any processed, or pre-made item, is always going to be more expensive than buying the basic ingredients and making it yourself. Let me show you what I like to do with our ham.

I'm sure everyone is familiar with cooking a holiday ham for Christmas, but what about the rest of the year? With this recipe for pull apart honey ham in the Crock-pot, you'll have plenty of wonderful ham all year long to use in your recipes.
First you’ll need to thaw your ham. Mine took 3 days in the refrigerator before it was ready to cook.
I'm sure everyone is familiar with cooking a holiday ham for Christmas, but what about the rest of the year? With this recipe for pull apart honey ham in the Crock-pot, you'll have plenty of wonderful ham all year long to use in your recipes.
Then unwrap it and lay it in your Crock-pot so it fits as well as possible into the bowl.
I'm sure everyone is familiar with cooking a holiday ham for Christmas, but what about the rest of the year? With this recipe for pull apart honey ham in the Crock-pot, you'll have plenty of wonderful ham all year long to use in your recipes.
Drizzle it with about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of honey and cover it. Set your temperature to low and walk away for the day.
I'm sure everyone is familiar with cooking a holiday ham for Christmas, but what about the rest of the year? With this recipe for pull apart honey ham in the Crock-pot, you'll have plenty of wonderful ham all year long to use in your recipes.
At the end of the day, your ham will be well cooked and the Crock-pot bowl full of amazing ham broth that you can freeze for another meal or two.
I'm sure everyone is familiar with cooking a holiday ham for Christmas, but what about the rest of the year? With this recipe for pull apart honey ham in the Crock-pot, you'll have plenty of wonderful ham all year long to use in your recipes.
As you can see, it was just falling apart as I pulled on it gently. I chose to separate mine into jars and can it, but you could also freeze it for future meals.

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Ingredients

  • 1 ham
  • 1/4 cup raw local honey

Instructions

  1. You’ll want to make sure and thaw your ham thoroughly, if it was frozen, before using it. I left it in the refrigerator for about three days before cooking mine.
  2. When you’re ready, unwrap it (over the sink preferably). There will be tons of ham juice in the bag.
  3. Set your ham into your Crock-pot, rotating it until it fits down in the bowl best.
  4. Drizzle it with plenty of honey. I suggest about 1/4 to 1/2 cup.
  5. Cover it and set your Crock-pot temperature to low. Walk away and just let it cook all day.
  6. At the end of the day, you’ll have tender, sweet ham, and at least a quart or two of delicious ham broth.
  7. You could use some of it right away, freeze it in individual portions for future meals, or even can it like I did for longer term storage.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 170
Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value *
Fat 14 g 22%
Saturated fat 4 g 20%
Carbohydrates 2 g 1%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 12 g 24%
Cholesterol 50 mg 17%
Sodium 63 mg 3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

I'm sure everyone is familiar with cooking a holiday ham for Christmas, but what about the rest of the year? With this recipe for pull apart honey ham in the Crock-pot, you'll have plenty of wonderful ham all year long to use in your recipes.

Typically I would divide the ham up into four different storage bags and this would supply plenty of meals for us throughout the year. We just love Hambone Soup and can easily get dinner and leftovers for two more nights off of one pot. That means like 12 meals or more for us from this one ham. We just toss one bag of cooked ham from the freezer, some of the ham broth (which can also be frozen), along with beans and tons of yummy veggies back into the Crock-pot when we’re craving some of this yummy soup, and we’ve got a meal!

This ham is great for “Pulled Pork” Sandwiches and many other delicious ham recipes all year. We didn’t quite need all of this ham yet in our household, but as we’re moving in another week, I needed to get all of our extra meat cooked and canned so we can take it to Kentucky with us. that’s why I chose to can it all this time rather than freezing it.

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As I type up this recipe though, I can’t help but to this that we are going to be raising our own pigs this year. This ham will last us the first six months or so while our pigs are growing, and then we’ll most certainly be eating pork differently. Instead of going to the store to find bacon or ham on sale, we’ll be butchering and freezing our own right at home for tons of fresh pork all year long. Lots of things are about to change in the way we eat and especially the way we see our food.

I’ve actually spent the last couple of weeks talking to my 4 year old little boy about the purpose of animals on a farm. He already knows that we’ll be raising our own chickens, pigs and even goats, but I’m not sure how prepared he is for turning around and eating those animals we raised. We’ll see. This is going to be a process for all of us. At least you’ll get tons of new amazing recipes out of our new adventure! Make sure to stay tuned!

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