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First of all, you might be wondering what is the difference between gammon and ham? It’s as easy as gammon is ham in its raw state. Once gammon is cooked or cured, it is called ham. So, in order to have ham, you need gammon.
There are several methods to pressure cook your gammon to turn it into ham. Catherine Phipps’ rule of thumb is to allow 10 minutes at high pressure per 500g for a sliceable ham, as the Instant Pot works at a lower psi, add a few minutes minutes to the time, making it more like 11 minutes per 500g, if you want to be on the safe side increase it to 15 (Marie, regular of the Feisty Tapas communities, reckons 15 minutes per lb, one lb is about 453 g). If you want a shreddable ham, increase the time even more.
There’s now a lot of talk about 8 minutes per 500 g which doesn’t work too well with huge joints, my almost-3-kg Christmas gammon wasn’t fully cooked through at 8 minutes per 500 g so I had to give it a bit longer. It works great for smaller joints though, this week I tried it with a 1.3 kg joint from Aldi. I’m leaving this here as feedback, if you ever think your gammon is not as juicy as it should be. However, I will be sticking to longer cooking times than 8 minutes per 500 g personally.
I cook my 700 g gammon joints for 18 minutes. I know this is longer than
the times stated above but it works for me every time as I tend to buy
the same size joint. You can do more than one joint at the same time, I
tend to do three 700 g joints in 18 minutes (mainly because Ocado tends
to have 700 g gammon joints on offer). Increase the time for bigger
If you haven’t got Catherine Phipps’ book, The Pressure Cooker Book, it really is worth buying. All recipes have familiar ingredients and measurements for UK Instant Pot users.
The beauty of the Instant Pot is that you can leave it unattended, no need to babysit it and, do not fret, there is no rattling and no hissing. It’s silent. It’s sturdy. It’s very safe.
I tend to use unsmoked gammon joints. If yours is smoked, you can soak it but it might not be necessary. One way to tell if a smoked gammon needs soaking is by cutting a small bit off and quickly frying it until cooked, then tasting it, if it’s not too salty, no need to soak. If it’s only slightly salty, you can just boil it in fresh water, discard that water. Otherwise soak it.
Who fancies Ham, Egg and Chips then? As long as you don’t forget that having cooked ham in your fridge is handy for adding to risottos, pasta sauces, pizzas or even just to snack on!
How to pressure cook a gammon joint/ham in the Instant Pot
Method 1. On the trivet
Add 250 ml of water to the base of the inner pot, place trivet and then the ham on top. Lock the lid in, steam release handle pointing to Sealing. Press the Manual button and use the – and + buttons to the right time bearing in mind the rule of 11 minutes per 500 g of gammon joint, followed by a natural release (i.e. do nothing until the float valve pops back down). You can replace some of the water with cider, beer, wine, juice… You can save the liquid for adding to tasty risottos and soups.
2. No trivet and tons of tasty stock for other uses
Place gammon joint in inner pot (no trivet), add a peeled onion, 3-4 garlic cloves (unpeeled, whacked with the fist), 4-5 black peppercorns (really nice with the Szechuan ones as well), one bay leaf, one carrot and any veggies you may have going off. Cover with water, always being mindful of the three quarter mark as you’re going to use the pressure cooking function (only ever fill a pressure cooker, conventional or electric, three quarters maximum). Lock in the lid. Steam release handle pointing to Sealing. Press the Manual button, adjust to the right time based on 11 minutes per 500 g, natural release. As above, increase the time for bigger joints but for this method I also do 2-3 x 700 g gammon joints for 18 minutes with natural release.
My Ham and Cabbage Soup is a delicious way of using up the ham stock. Check back soon as I’ll be posting more uses for the yummy ham stock you’ll have left.
Tip: If you want to glaze the ham. Coat it in the glaze of your choice and pop it into a hot oven for about 10 minutes. You can also spread the coating of your choice all over it and let it stand without popping it in the oven. One of my favourite glazes to use is this chilli jam (as recommended by Lucy, who also gave me a jar last year, I need more Lucy!).
Yes, I still love my Instant Pot, I now have both the DUO 7 in 1 and the LUX 6 in 1.
The Instant Pot is a modern day electric pressure cooker that also slow
cooks, steams, cooks rice, the DUO 7 in 1 even makes yoghurt. My
favourite function of them all though is the automatic Keep Warm product
that kicks in at the end of the pressure cooking and slow cooking
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A little while ago Waitrose challenged me (the Spaniard, just in case you had forgotten) to come up with a Great British dish.
So, of course, I asked husband (the Britishman): ham, egg and chips with proper ham!, he decided….
According to the photos of these Thermomix Savoury Quinoa Muffins I first made them on July 2nd 2013 so I am “only” a year late sharing this recipe. Nuts, isn’t it? Or it isn’t if you look at just how much a working mum has to get done each week. I was really hoping to make them again but then time kept running away with me (I’ll never understand that expression, it feels like it’s running away from me, all the time, fast!)….
My poor country of origin isn’t doing fantastically at the moment, the
Spanish economy is suffering, a lot. However the Spanish gastronomy is
thriving more than ever. Fifteen years ago when I arrived to the UK to
do my masters degree it was absolutely impossible to find any Spanish
products in English supermarkets so for years after that I came back to
the UK with a suitcase loaded with goodies (remember those days when you
could get away with carrying 32kg in one big suitcase and no one would
say anything about per kilo surcharges?).
Things have got a lot
easier since then (not thanks to low-cost airlines), gradually and a
tad slowly standard-quality Spanish products started hitting the
supermarket shelves, with slightly higher quality items hitting deli
shelves. However, it’s all still a bit lacking. Prices for the good
stuff are still expensive and delivery charges prohibitive.
little while ago a company called Grey’s Fine Foods contacted me to send
me a hamper of their goods to review. From the name to the packaging,
to a Spaniard this company screams old British charm.
But inside I found a selection of Spanish products that complemented
each other rather well. We had our wedding anniversary coming up so I
saved them for a special meal. Here is my opinion (well, and husband’s) of each of the items I
Wine: López Cristóbal Roble 2012, Ribera del Duero, £11.90 per bottle
I know that outside of Spain wine equates Rioja but there are many other wine producing regions in Spain and Ribera del Duero is one of them. Fresh and light this is the perfect summer wine. It is priced more expensive than I tend to buy wine though, unless the name of that wine is Albariño, it would be a bottle for a special treat.
Villadiego Semi-cured Manchego cheese, £4.25 per 250 g
Milder than husband would like it, this semi-cured was just perfect for me and paired up rather deliciously with the anchovies included in the box.
Cantábrico Anchovies £3.50 per tin
Mr Tapas is a huge anchovy fan, I believe he discovered this love during his first trip to Spain with me but he was a bit disappointed by these. They are juicier and meatier than regular anchovies but about £2.75 more expensive. I reckon I would buy them for a special occasion but I agree they are a bit pricey for normal use.
Montanegra Ibérico Ham 100g / £5.50 per 100 g
This was really good and lasted a few days, you need good crusty bread for this and, if you want a decadent breakfast: good crusty bread slightly toasted drizzled with good extra virgin olive oil, finely chopped garlic, ripe tomatoes sliced open and their juice rubbed over the bread and this ham (preferably with an orange juice, fresh or not from concentrate, and good, non-instant, coffee). Breakfast of Spanish champions.
Fuenroble olive oil £10.95 per 500 ml bottle
Forget about dipping bread in your olive oil, grab a small spoon and taste a few drops. This cold pressed EVOO is strong and peppery, perfect for summer salads.
Martínez Somalo Barbecue Chorizo £4.50 per pack
This was the absolute star of the parcel. We would regularly have this chorizo in our fridge. We used it for, I believe, 3 meals in total so it is really good value for money, as well as much better quality than your standard cooking chorizo that you can get from UK supermarkets. For our Tapas anniversary we fried it in red wine and it went great with…
Querida Carmen Paella £12.50
Although the whole world believes paella to be “the” Spanish dish, it actually comes from just one of the 17 regions of Spain and I didn’t grow up in that region. I grew up in the land of fresh seafood though. I had never ever cooked paella and this was a really easy way of doing it. I think next time I would add a bit of white wine when cooking it and definitely add the chorizo while cooking it, after frying it in red wine, it acquired a fabulous depth of taste when mixed with the chorizo and, mainly, its juices. However, with the price it has I would think twice about buying it but I am fully aware that, was I to cook it from scratch with good quality ingredients, it would probably cost a small fortune.
As we ate this Spanish assortment husband and I were chatting about it (with a few interruptions from LittleT). This selection, as it is, is perfect for busy people who want to eat well (and by that I mean what is considered gourmet food), have guests and fancy something easy yet striking that is conducive to a good chat or (in my opinion) a British man who wants to impress a date.
I *may* have noticed that Grey’s Fine Foods also does whole legs of ham, husband and I had one at our wedding and you can’t imagine how successful it was and with a certain 40th birthday coming up in just over a month…
The best part: they offer free delivery for orders over £50. Also free if you live in North Yorkshire and can collect from them. If you don’t live in the UK, feel free to drop them an email to ask how much delivery would be to your chosen location.
Would I buy myself with my hard-earned money from Grey’s Fine Foods? Definitely. Their selection of products is rather good, I am a sucker for free delivery and, well, I am Spanish after all. I need a flavour fix here and there (not to mention that chorizo is a staple in this household).
Disclosure: Grey’s Fine Foods sent the Tapas family a box full of Spanish goodies free of charge for the purpose of this review. All reviews are 100% honest (and perhaps a tiny bit feisty).