This is one astoundingly good ham stew, especially when made with one of our Woodland Pastured Ham ends (or center cuts). But it can also be made using the Ham Chunks and Ham Hocks. First, cook your ham following these steps. Then come back to this page for the stew part.
- Add additional ingredients to your ham in the last 5 – 6 hrs. of cooking time.
- You may add cubed potatoes and diced onions. We really enjoy it with pinto beans!
- If you're using dried beans (I use 2 cups), you need to soak them in water for around 12 hrs. ahead of time.
- Drain the beans, add to the crockpot with the ham and add another 2 – 4 cups of water. I usually add enough water to cover the beans since they will absorb more liquid while they are cooking.
- Add 1 – 2 teaspoons of salt depending on the amount of additional ingredients in your stew.
- You may thicken the broth 15 minutes before serving time while it is still simmering in the crockpot. Mix together 1/2 cup of flour and 1 cup of water until smooth and stir into the broth (with the ham still in it). Let simmer several minutes until slightly thickened.
Serve this at your family gathering...they'll be beyond impressed!
~The Farmer's Wife