Here is a low carb ham recipe I made recently involving cooking a ham in the slow cooker. It was so simple to make and the end result was delicious. I ate the ham both hot and cold.
I bought the ham joint a while back from a supermarket and stored this in my freezer. Since buying this ham joint I saw a program that showed you how they make odds and ends of meat look like a proper joint of meat with “meat glue”. I think this is one of those joints of meat so after cooking and eating the ham I won’t be buying it again. Instead, I will buy proper ham joints, from suppliers I trust.
The “meat glue” is made from thrombin a coagulated protein plus a fibrous protein called fibrin. These are extracted from animal blood. The most shocking part of the TV program I watched was the fact that the finished joint of beef featured in the program really looked like a prime piece of meat. Oh! how easily we are deceived. The strange thing is the end product was tasty. It’s just the thought of eating thrombin and fibrin that puts me off buying again.
I really recommend reading the book “Low-Carb Slow Cooker Classics” by Dana Carpenter. A “must read” for anyone who follows a low keto carb diet. Dana’s book is a mine of useful information. Lots of delicious slow cooker meat recipes. Together with some good low carb alternatives to high carb foods like fauxtatoes (mashed potato substitute made primarily from cauliflower).
This recipe inspired by her book is called “Honey Roasted Ham” a slightly odd name as the recipe doesn’t contain any honey – go figure! I have always found the slow cooker the best way to cook ham. In this recipe I use artificial sweetener if you hate to use artificial sweetener then a tsp of honey would not increase the carbs significantly, as proportionality the honey would represent only a small amount of the total dish. Also the brown sugar is optional.
Cooking a Ham in a Slow Cooker
Ingredients: Slow Cooker “Honey Baked” Ham
55 ml cider vinegar or red wine vinegar
10g artificial sweetener – I used a product that contained aspartame or 1 tsp honey.
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)
1 1/2 tablespoon German Mustard
Mix 6g of the artificial sweetener or a 1/3 of the honey) with the water, and place this into the bottom of the slow cooker.
In a jug mix together the sweetener, vinegar, brown sugar and mustard.
Use this mixture to coat the meat sides of the ham, don’t cover the fat with the mixture.
Place the ham into the slow cooker. This dish will need around 7 hours on the lowest temperature.
Once cooked remove the ham joint and leave to rest for about 15 minutes on a carving board then carve and serve. Alternatively, wait until the ham has cooled completely and store in your refrigerator to slice and eat cold.
In the bottom of the slow cooker you will find delicious juices, keep these for adding to gravy or add to stock or make the base of a soup, just make sure that you taste the juices first as they may be too salty.
The end result was delicious both hot and cold. Well worth the trouble of cooking a ham.