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Country Ham

10 lb Ham, country; to 15 lb.
4 qt Ginger ale

Put ham in a clean can or very large pot filled with hot water (just below the boiling point). Let boil 10 or 15 minutes. This step gives the ham a good cleaning and removes excess salt from the outside. Remove ham and discard water.

Place ham in can, and fill can half full with hot water. Add ginger ale, and put top loosely on can. Bring to a full rolling boil; boil 30 minutes. (The ginger ale helps bring out the flavor of the ham.)

Place about 4 thicknesses of newspaper on the floor, and set ham (still in can) on papers. Press can lid on tightly; pull papers around sides and top of can, and tie with string. Cover with quilts or blankets. Let sit for 10 to 14 hours according to size of ham. (A 12 to 13 lb. ham requires about 10 hours.) Remove skin, and cut fat from ham.

Slices of country ham can be fried or baked; serve as a main dish or between bite-size biscuits as ah hors d'oeuvre.

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