Ingredient Name: Ham Bone
Traditional Chinese Name: 豬骨 (zhū gǔ)
What is this?
- This is the left-over bones from a cooked ham. The bones from cooked turkeys and hams (leftovers from Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and other holidays) make great soup bases which are full of flavour.
- It is best to leave a little ham meat on the bones for extra flavour and texture.
How do I prepare it?
- Eat the meat.
- If the bone is too large for your soup pot, you may need to ask a butcher to cut it down to two or three smaller pieces. Otherwise, no additional preparation needed.
- Ham bone also freezes well (wrapped in saran wrap) and can store for months in the back of your freezer before being used in a soup.
Where can I buy this?
- Wherever you bought your ham.
What is the cost?
- Free! This is a great way to use the leftover ham bone from a meal.
- Pork contains many nutrients (including 6 essential vitamins)
- It is a good source of iron, zinc, Vitamin B6 and protein
- It is said to be a healthier red meat substitute over beef
- If there is a lot of meat left on the bones, be sure to taste your soup before salting because the meat can be very salty.