I tend to think myself fortunate to be on PD as my diet isn't limited near as much as some others. I half miss not roasting/baking a bird this year, I absolutely LOVE leftover Turkey sandwiches. This year Daughter was given a Ham. One of her
? clients parents gave her a ham. This must have been from a Grandfather Hog or maybe his cousin, cause it was well over 30 lbs. I never saw the wrapper or label, but after carving on this thing to put away at least 3/4's of it left-over from dinner. I boned it out and found the hip socket bone where it was cut off the pelvis, and about 3 inches of the tibia/fibula below the knee. I HAD TO bag them bones so I could make me some BEANS.
Got the BIG oval crock pot out this a.m. and started them bones. Chopped a huge SWEET onion and put that in for good measure. Added a palm full of lemon pepper, filled it up with water and turned it on 'High' and left it.
You know how those 'Best laid plans' thing 'often goes awry'? Well, Wife decides 'She' doesn't want me to make 'beans' today. That's O.K.. I have another big zip lock bag of fat trimmings and meat chunks in the freezer just waiting. School starts again next week and she'll be gone most all day. As they say, While the Cat's away.........'
'She' would rather have cooked cabbage. I don't get a choice. So off to the market to buy the biggest roundest, firmest cabbage that Kroger's has/had, cause I bought it and took it home. By then most all the fat on the bone had melted, the meat was falling apart. So I pulled out the bones forking off anything that failed to fall off. After they cooled I gave the first one (of 4) to the dog. He thinks he's in Heaven. I'll chill the others so I can give them to him, sort of ration them out.
I was about to start cutting the cabbage into wedges when I remembered "The Carrots", grabbed the zip-lock bag of baby carrots from the refrigerator and added them to the pot. Told the wife we would have to give the carrots time to half cook before we added the cabbage otherwise we would have very firm carrots. Who likes that? So we climbed in my truck and ran a few errands.
Buy the time we got home the carrots were perfectly done. Oops. Strain out everything and set aside then remember, 'Oh Yeah', the little red potatoes! Hurriedly whacked 7 of them into quarters and dropped them in. Waited at least an hour for them to get half tender THEN FINALLY got to put in the whole cabbage. Wedged, of course.
Hurry up and wait a lot more.
Like set up my Cycler, take a break, weight, take BP's, take a few more breaks. Connect to my Cycler and finishe the first drain/fill. Take another break.
Good thing I don't do alcohol, I'd be thoroughly potted by now. Oh, good, cabbages is done. Time to put all that strained out stuff back in. Minor miracle that it all fit back into that crock pot. I told you it was a big'un. Give it another half hour for everything to re-heat and flavors to finish 'merging'.
About the time I get some in a bowl I can hear my Cycler alarming, telling me I should have been back in there already.
So a shortened version.
1 BIG Crock Pot, about 6 or 8 quart (?)
1 set of ham bones (BIG)
1 huge SWEET Onion Diced bite size
about a palm full of lemon pepper
1 Zip-Lock sandwich bag full of baby carrots
6 or 7 small little red potatoes, quartered
1 BIG had of cabbage, wedged, center removed
Total time, about 12 hours. But it's worth the wait.
If I were a REAL cook I might know when to add the different things so all would be done together, rather than have to screen out and hold aside things so they wouldn't over cook. But I think the end justifies the means in this case.
Now, to cool the left over gallon til Son comes over. I can nuke it to reheat it and it will all disappear before he goes home.