Recently I was at the grocery store and noticed that they had tavern hams on sale for $2.48 a pound. Pretty good price for around here. While pondering what all I could make of this ham the recipes were screaming at me. So I scooped one up and brought it home. When home this is when the real work begins.
This tavern ham weights 15.66 lbs @ $2.48 per lb for a total of $38.84. No food tax in the state of Ohio where I purchased it at.
I decided to slice up most of it. I had to borrow the slicer from my mother-in-law, as I don't have one of my own yet.
Because this slicer is smaller approx a 7.5 inch blade. I had to cut the ham into sections for easier sliceing.
Then it was time to run it on the slicer. I wish that I had someone here helping me to take pictures. But, I was on my own! Why does this not surprise me? Anyhow, this is most of the ham.
Make sure that you have plenty of freezer safe bags. A good sharpie to date your packages. This is how I divided mine up.
What I got was 9 quart bags of sliced ham, 3 quart bags of chopped ham, 1 plate of scraps for the animals and 1 bowl for soup. You can obviously divide it up in many different ways. I should have kept a small section ham for baking it would of been good but I forgot to do that.
|The kitties with their snack.|
With the ham in the bowl I decided to turn it into soup. Which I canned. You can find that recipe posted yesterday.
|7 quarts of Ham and bean soup made with great northern beans|
|7 more quarts of Ham and bean soup made with navy beans|
So how does this play out for budgeting do you ask? Well 27 full meals from a 15.66 lb ham for a total cost per meal of $1.43. Now that's savings!
If you purchase a ham let me know how you divide yours up for a savings. I'll be posting more budget meals that I use the ham in in the near future.