Can you bake a gammon joint

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “Can you bake a gammon joint?” We will also discuss why you should soak the gammon joint before baking, how to perfectly bake a gammon joint and what are the most common ways to season your baked gammon joint.

 So if you are interested in this topic, read carefully till the end.

Can you bake a gammon joint?

Yes, you can bake a gammon joint, it is a simple recipe that is full of taste and easy to make from only 5 ingredients!!

This richly succulent baked meat will satisfy your tastebuds with its super delicious plumpy, juicy and savory flavor and is also suitable for freezing. It is traditionally served cold for a buffet or hot for a roast on several occasions and summery dinners.

Baked gammon joint is an incredible recipe with special unique features that distinguishes it from other baked types of meat.  This is what makes it a premium choice among other baking recipes for gatherings and special occasions.

Why should you soak the gammon joint before baking?

The gammon joint, this ham meat, is known for its high salt content, so for health reasons, it is better to soak your gammon in water to reduce the side effects of excessive salt consumption on water retention and hypertension.

So if you would like to know how to soak the gammon joint, then here are the steps that you should follow:

  • Soak your gammon joint in a large bowl filled with water to remove any excess salt 
  • Cover the bowl and put it in the fridge overnight or for 8 hours, it is recommended to change the water regularly every 2 hours 
  • Use a colander to drain the soaked gammon joint then rinse again with clean water to wash out all the clung salt 
  • Dry the gammon joint well with kitchen paper.

How can you bake a gammon joint in a few easy steps?

In this section, we will give you step-by-step instructions on how to perfectly bake a  1.5 Kg gammon joint in the oven, so read carefully.

  • Put the gammon joint in a large pot then cover it entirely with water.
  • Place the pot covered with a lid on the stove and bring to a boil 
  • Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 60-90 minutes based on the gammon joint size and keep boiling until it reaches an internal 

temperature of 68°C

  • During this time preheat your oven to 180°C
  • Once the above-mentioned internal temperature is reached, remove the gammon joint from the boiling liquid then drain and let it cool to room temperature
  • Use a thin-bladed knife to remove the skin carefully from the joint without removing the fat layer from the boiled gammon joint 
  • Discard the bladed skin layer and score the fat layer then lightly oil
  • Place the boiled gammon joint you prepared in a large baking tray then wrap with foil
  • Transfer the baking tray into the oven and bake the gammon joint for about 90-120 minutes
  •  Before the time is up by 20-30 minutes, take the foil wrapping off.
  • Once the baking time is up, remove the baked gammon joint from the oven,
  •  DO NOT carve instantly but first, let the baked meat rest for a while
  • Season your baked gammon joint and enjoy 

What are the most common ways to season your baked gammon joint?

Baked gammon joint can be seasoned in myriad ways, here is a list of the most common seasoning ideas that you could use:

  • Mustard
  • Garlic cloves and vinegar
  • classic flavours such as maple syrup, brown sugar, and honey
  • Extreme flavours like marmalade, orange, and soy sauce glaze 

How can you determine the proper baking time according to the weight of your gammon joint?

As we have already seen in the previous section, the baking instructions apply to all gammon joints if it weighs 1.5 KG, but what if you bought a bigger or smaller meat what is the proper baking time in this case?

The golden rule is that each Kilogram of  gammon joint needs 50-55 mins cooking time, so use your maths skills and calculate.

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In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “Can you bake a gammon joint?” We have also discussed why you should soak the gammon joint before baking, how to perfectly bake a gammon joint and what are the most common ways to season your baked gammon joint.

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.


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