I bought one of these recently, smoked shoulder or something like that.

Given that it 'looked cooked', I just sliced it and figured we could eat it cold. But it didn't look particularly cooked inside, and was awful chewy.

So, I think I've screwed up. Given that it is now in slices, what can I do to avoid throwing it away (or having to eat it all myself because the rest of the family refuses to!)?

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  • Can you post an image of the slices? To me the item pictured might be raw but covered with a smoked paprika rub or something similar. – Didgeridrew Nov 25 '13 at 3:01

That looks like a a fully cooked, cured ham.

These are salt cured, and so will have a pinker appearance, but are ready to eat. They are perfectly safe despite the color.

Many people enjoy them better sliced thinly, so that they are not as chewy.

You can use the slice in sandwiches, or chop them as an add-in to soups. You can just heat them up eat them as (I like them with mashed potatoes). Ham is extremely flexible.

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  • Yes, well it did look cooked to me, as I said, but the extreme chewiness made me doubt. Maybe I just had bad luck and got a low quality chewy pig :( – Benjol Nov 25 '13 at 6:46

Silly me, checking on the internet, it even said that it needed cooking on the packaging, I just didn't think to look.

In the end, I was saved by my Romertopf. After an hour and a half in their, the slices came out non-chewy, not dry, (and still ridiculously salty). Success!

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  • If its too salty, its worth soaking in fresh water overnight. Or one of the other methods for removing excess salt. – NBenatar Nov 26 '13 at 12:23
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    @NBenatar. Yes I made the mistake of thinking 'oh, juice!' when I finished cooking it, and using it to make the accompanying couscous. Eating it was... an experience. – Benjol Nov 26 '13 at 12:39
  • Oops. Well at least you wont make the same mistake twice. – NBenatar Nov 27 '13 at 15:12

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