You can imagine my delight then when I found a website that gave step-by-step instructions for curing your own ham at home!! You use a wet cure rather than a dry cure. *Traditional Virginia Ham is dry cured.* I had talked to my farmer-lady and she told me that some of the other folks who get meat from her have tried dry-curing it, but that it can be very tricky. Wet-curing is the solution folks. (pardon the pun)
Here's the link for the website: http://hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Cure-Ham-at-Home
Today I put four 3lb ham roasts out to cure. Here's how it goes.
Ham soaking in brine. I weighed this down with two plates to make sure that the ham stays moist & covered with the brine.
I then put this into a small dorm-sized fridge that we have. The site says it cures at a rate of roughly 2lbs per day. I'll leave this in for a week. After we take it out we'll smoke it as well.
One of the really great things about this recipe is that you can do it in batches of most any size. Whatever you have room for. I love it.
TA DA!! The finished product!! Ok, well the finished product from our last batch. You know you're on to something when the ham hops off the smoker and says "HOT DAMN I look good!!" Literally, it did. It tasted even better.