If you have been reading my blog this week, you might have read about my ham challenge -and how I was asked to stretch one 8 lb. spiral sliced ham into as many meals as I could for my family of 3 (check out my posts here and here).
I will admit that I was extremely surprised to find that one ham can be stretched pretty far – even further had I saved the ham bone for future use in soup! I ended up making 4 meals for my family out of the one ham, and I put enough ham into the freezer for one additional meal (5 meals total). Out of the 4 meals I prepared, I had more than enough food to feed a family larger than my own. Therefore, I feel that you could comfortably feed 4 adults similarly, based on this challenge – pretty awesome!
I am a huge proponent of stocking up groceries and household items when they are at their lowest price (preferably using a coupon!), and with the Easter holiday right around the corner, we are starting to see great prices on ham at the grocery store. From what I can gather from my past shopping experience, you will find the lowest prices on hams that aren’t spiral sliced, and on store brand hams. Whatever your preference, be on the lookout for well priced hams over the next couple of weeks, and consider buying an extra to freeze for future meals. I know that my Central Ohio grocery stores like to battle it out for the cheapest price on meat during the holidays – and if I remember correctly we have seen ham prices as low as $0.77/lb! (Obviously this will vary by area).
I love the versatility of ham – it can be used in breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes, and a little bit packs a lot of flavor. I also feel that ham stores/freezes well, and I love that it doesn’t spoil as quickly as other types of meat. You can read more about freezing and cooking ham on the USDA website here. In my research for this challenge, I found recipes for sandwiches, salads, soups, casseroles, quesadillas, jambalaya and much more. I honestly had no idea how many ham recipes are out there – and I’m looking forward to trying several of them out.
As I mentioned previously, this ham challenge was sponsored by the Ohio Pork Producers Council. Be sure to check out their blog Porktastic for recipes and more information. You can also follow them on Twitter @Porktastic & @OhioHogFarmers and on Facebook here and here.
I am not the only lucky one to receive a free ham to experiment with! The great folks at the Ohio Pork Producers Council have graciously offered to ship 5 of my readers their very own ham, just in time for the Easter holiday! (Anyone in the US can win – you don’t have to live in Ohio!)
What am I giving away?
5 winners will receive 1 Spiral Sliced Easter Ham – delivered to your home in time for Easter dinner!
How can you win?
You get up to 3 entries to win:
1) Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite ham dish is. If you have a recipe that you would like to share, please do as I’m sure others will be looking for ways to use their Easter ham leftovers! (Note: Scroll to the bottom of this post and click “Post Comment”. You must be on my site – you can’t do this through a reader.)
2) Subscribe to my feed or email newsletter and stay on top of all of the deals I write about each week! If you already subscribe, please leave a separate comment letting me know that you are currently a subscriber (thank you!).
3) Promote this giveaway and/or blog. If you don’t have a blog, tweet about it (follow me: I’m @stretchingabuck), post about it on your favorite forum or on Facebook (check out my Stretching a Buck Fan Page). Tell your friends about it! Be sure to leave a comment letting me know how you did it and earn another entry.
Who is eligible?
You must have a valid US address to be eligible.
When does this giveaway end?
Thursday, March 25th at 10 PM EST.
The winner will be chosen via the random number generator at random.org and will be notified via email. Please note that if I do not hear from the winner within 4 days that another winner will be chosen.