Slow Cooker Gammon is very easy to prepare and even easier to cook. Minimal effort for maximum taste!
Cooking a joint of gammon in the slow cooker is easy peasy. Seriously, you just need two things – a slow cooker and a joint of gammon. That is it! You don’t believe me, do you? Well, let me show you just how easy it is.
Easy Slow Cooker Gammon
Firstly, just to slow cook a joint of gammon with no added flavours , you simply need :
1 joint of gammon – smoked or unsmoked, the choice is yours.
For best results, soak your gammon overnight/for a few hours in a bowl of cold water, to rid it of any excess salt.
Place the soaked gammon in to your slow cooker (or crock pot if you are reading this from the USA)
There really is no need to add any stock or water as the gammon will give off enough of its natural juices
Then cook as follows:
*based on 800g piece of gammon
high for 3-4 hours
low for 6-7 hours
*based on larger joints ie. 1.5kg cook for
12 hours on low
8 hours on high
After the cooking time, simply remove your ham from the slow cooker and it is done!
Ready Made Stock
Once the gammon has been removed from your slow cooker, you will discover that you have ready made ham stock left behind. This stock is perfect for use in soups and pies or even pasta dishes! If you do not want to use the ham stock straight away, allow it to cool and then you can freeze it for another time.
Adding Flavours To Your Slow Cooker Gammon
You can of course add flavour to your gammon joint very easily. For example, you can add any of the following to slow cook the gammon in if you wish, I have used these before and cola and ginger ale are my favourite:
cola, ginger ale, cider
By adding these liquids, you are able to add a touch of sweetness (cola) or heat (ginger ale) to your meat. You only need to add enough liquid to fill the slow cooker half way, once your gammon is sat inside it. if you are able , it is helpful to turn over the ham half way through cooking.
However, this is not essential as the gammon will slow cook just fine on one side and will soak up the flavours perfectly well. As for the two options of gammon available, the main difference is that the taste will be slightly different if you have smoked gammon before putting it in a slow cooker. You can simply smoke it at home using one of these. Decision is yours, though when gammon is smoked it gives a greater depth of flavor.
I have even cooked a piece in some Crabbies Raspberry & Ginger Beer! You can find the recipe here
Here is a piece of slow cooker gammon that I cooked in cola (and which I did not turn over half way through).
That is it. I told you that slow cooker gammon is very easy cooking.
Here is a video showing you how easy it really is:
Enjoy your slow cooked gammon anyway you see fit, whether that be as a roast with vegetables and potatoes, served cold with salad or inside a sandwich. For more tips on diet and healthy eating check out this article.