Paleo Homemade Ham Recipe
Store bought ham probably isn’t as paleo as you think it is. Sugar, syrup, and preservatives are usually on the ingredient list. This paleo homemade ham recipe is a better way to stick to your clean eating diet.
How to Make Paleo Ham
You’re actually going to start out with meat you may not be familiar with – gammon. Sometimes gammon is used interchangeably with ham, but what’s important for the recipe is that you get the hind leg of pork from the butcher that has not been cooked.
Once cooked, gammon is generally considered to be ham. The difference in this recipe is that I left out unnecessary sweeteners and preservatives.
Still, you want a tasty end product. To help your ham out, you’ll add onion, celery, garlic, cloves, peppercorns, and salt.
How to Store Ham
There are plenty of ways to eat ham as leftovers, including omelets, in a salad, and on a sandwich (with paleo bread, of course). But, there may be occasions where you prefer to keep your ham a bit longer.
Once cooked, you can store your ham in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. If you anticipate it hanging out longer than that, it should be frozen.
Freezing ham is not the greatest option, as it can alter the taste and texture, however you can freeze it for 1-2 months if necessary.
Additional Ham Recipes
Like this recipe? I’ve assembled even more ham recipes for your paleo diet. Enjoy!
- 2 lb (1 Kg) smoked gammon (gammon is the raw pork leg meat)
- 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
- 3 celery stalks, roughly chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1/4 cup salt
- Place all the ingredients in a large pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, skimming off any foamy impurities. Reduce to a low simmer and half cover the pot with a lid (or use a parchment paper cartouche lid). Simmer for 90 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat and allow the ham to cool in the liquid. (Check the interior of the ham reaches 155 F (68 C).)
- Once completely cooled, remove the ham from the liquid and pick off and discard the thick layer of visible fat.
- Slice thinly and enjoy with your favorite condiments or serve as part of a hearty breakfast (as pictured).
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 149
- Sugar: 0 g
- Fat: 5 g
- Carbohydrates: 0 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 27 g