Have you ever learned how to make a canned ham recipe?
When I was a teenager I worked for a large supermarket called Woodys Supermarket. It was a wonderful place to work especially at holiday time. This was the popular place to be. Not only did everyone in the area come here to shop but many people drove from 100 miles away to shop here on occasion.
Woody was a man way beyond his time. He started out with a very small produce stand with the best produce people had ever seen in this area. Soon he built a building to house his produce and from this he started adding more items. Locals began doing their weekly shopping at his store. Eventually Woodys Supermarket housed a pharmacy, meat department, bakery and delicatessen (where the best canned ham recipe was made); then he started building up to make an upstairs. In the end, the store had the largest selection of grocery items you can imagine, a meat department like none other, a great bakery, delicatessen, pharmacy and total drug store.
If this wasn’t enough Woody added a restaurant upstairs where you could watch all the cake decorating and a book store. From upstairs you could walk across the highway and take an elevator down to a parking lot and to a huge party supply (called Little Farm) where all the soda drinks and alcohol was carried; also chips and snacks for parties. The store was open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. On top of all this Woody designed beautiful fountains throughout the store. Oh and I can’t forget that we didn’t have doors but air kept the cold out in winter and heat out in summer. What a place!
As I said, Woody was a man way beyond his years. No one had ever seen an establishment like this and until today, I have never seen anything like this in all the places I have been. I worked the checkout like many others (I remember about 12 to 14 checkouts). We sold so many groceries but if I would point out one item that I remember the most it would be the honey baked ham recipe. So many people like my family bought these canned hams; this is why I learned how to make a canned ham recipe. Who would think?
This canned ham recipe was sold in the delicatessen in either 5 pounds or 10 pounds. They smelled so good coming through the checkouts. If you walked past the delicatessen you could see a constant stream of them coming down in the food elevator to sell. They were beautiful decorated with sliced pineapple and red maraschino cherries on the top. Believe me the taste was even more delicious than the aroma and appearance.
Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
Remove ham from can and place fat side up on a shallow pan.
Combine brown sugar and honey (If you do a large ham mix a little more).
Spread a little honey glaze over ham; arrange pineapple slices with cherries in the centers. (Hold in place with toothpicks)
Spread remaining glaze over the ham, pineapple slices and cherries. (The glaze helps to hold fruit in place)
Bake ham for 1 ¼ to 2 hours basting occasionally with drippings; check so it doesn’t get brown.
Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
Remove ham from can and place on rack in an open roasting pan.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes per pound or about 1 ½ hours.
Shortly before ham is done, prepare cherry sauce.
Spoon some of the sauce over the ham on a serving platter.
Serve remaining sauce in a small dish with the ham.
Drain cherries reserving juice; add cherry juice and orange juice to ham drippings.
Sprinkle flour over liquid; stir in.
Add sugar, orange peel and cloves; mix well.
Bring mixture to a boil stirring constantly; simmer 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir in cherries and food coloring.
Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
Place ham in roasting pan; combine remaining ingredients and coat ham.
Bake in oven until inserted meat thermometer reaches 150F degrees basting every 15 minutes.
About 1 ½ to 2 hours baking.
Lay a piece of foil over ham if edges start to burn.
Slice ham in 1 inch thick slices; place slices in shallow dish.
Combine and blend remaining ingredients and pour over slices.
Refrigerate several hours (or overnight) spooning marinade over the top several times.
Cook slices over low coals about 15 minutes on each side brushing frequently.
This canned ham recipe can be used as an appetizer recipe.
RAISIN SAUCE FOR HAM LOAVES
Mix ham, pork, eggs, cornflakes and milk; shape into small loaves using about ½ cup of mixture.
Bake uncovered on greased baking sheet for 30 minutes.
To make sauce dissolve cornstarch in cold water in a saucepan; add remaining ingredients to saucepan.
Bring mixture to a boil and cook for several minutes.
Baste ham loaves with raisin sauce; REDUCE HEAT to 300F degrees; bake 30 additional minutes.
NOTE: You can make a family size loaf; bake at 300 for 1 ½ to 2 hours basting occasionally.
Soak rice in cold water 30 minutes; drain.
Put rice in a saucepan; add the 2 cups water and salt.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until rice is tender and water has absorbed.
Remove rice from heat; melt butter in a large skillet.
Add eggs and cook until they are set on bottom side; stir eggs and cook 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove eggs from heat and transfer to a bowl breaking them up with a fork; set aside.
Add oil to skillet and heat over moderate high; add cooked rice, ham, beans and pepper.
Cook mixture 2 minutes stirring constantly; reduce heat to low and add scallions, eggs and mushrooms.
Cook 2 minutes stirring constantly or until mixture is very hot; serve immediately.
It is good to have these memories of Woodys Supermarket, the canned ham recipe and the many other memorable things and events that I experienced. It was a sad day for all of us from my area when this great establishment closed its doors; and an even sadder day when Woody passed away. He was indeed a man beyond his times!Painless Cooking › Pork › Preparing a Canned Ham
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