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Baking a Ham in the Can

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Stan  
  Sent: Friday, March 28, 2008 5:25 AM
  Subject: Baking a canned ham in the can

  I've been looking for instructions for baking a canned ham in the can.   It has been a long time 
  since I've done it and my memory "ain't" what it used to be.  I remember something about using an 
  old beer can opener and putting holes around the top edge and pouring in beer but for how long to 
  bake and what ever else was involved I can't remember.  I was hoping you might be able to help me.
   Thank you in advance.

Hello Stan,

See below. I only found one that called for beer, but you could use beer instead of pepsi or barbecue sauce or whatever else these recipes call for.


  Canned Ham In The Can   

  1 canned ham (any size)

  Remove key from can. Punch holes in can with can opener. Put in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. 
  Remove from oven and pour off liquid. Pour in barbecue sauce, sweet and sour sauce, etc. Return 
  to 325 degree oven for 20 minutes per pound. Remove from oven and open can with key. Slice and 
  Baked Canned Ham   

  1 (4 lb.) hostess ham

  Puncture top of can with butcher knife. Place in shallow baking pan. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 
  30 minutes. Take ham out of oven and pour in Pepsi-Cola through punctured holes. Bake for 1 hour. 
  Ham will be extremely tender. 
  Ham Grill Bake   

  1 (5 lb.) canned ham

  With beer can opener make a hole on top side at each end of can and put on a grill for 15 minutes to
  melt gelatin into liquid. Pour liquid out when melted.
  Make holes every 2 inches around top of can and pour the following barbecue sauce into holes and cook 
  on grill for 1 1/2 hours: 1/2 c. maple syrup 4 oz. (1/2 c.) beer 3 tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. celery
  Canned Ham in the Can
  This may be in a ham shaped can or may be a "Hostess Ham" in a cylindrical can.

  Using a "church key" (an old fashioned beer can piercer) pierce the top of the can at intervals of 
  2 inches. 
  Bake at 325F/160C for 1/2 hour, then drain the can through the holes. 
  Back fill the can through the holes with your chosen potion (generally Coca-Cola, BBQ sauce, sweet 
  & sour sauce, or fruit juice). Bake at 325F/160C for 20 minutes per pound. 
  Open the can with a can opener and remove the ham. If a cylindrical ham doesn't want to come out, 
  open both ends and push it out. 
  Let rest for 15 minutes, slice and serve    

Making Sauerkraut by the Moon

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Betty 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2008 4:25 PM
  Subject: sauerkraut

  What is the best signs of the moon to make sauerkraut? 
  Please let me know. I know making pickle corn the signs have to be in the heart or head. 
  Thnak you os much


Hi Betty,

Best I can find, it's not exactly what zodiac sign the moon is in, it's whether it's waxing, full, waning, or new. What I found said:

"The moon sign had to be right - going down, or waning. Otherwise the kraut would swell and run over."

There are planting by the moon guides (Llewelyn) that you can buy, and there's always "The Farmer's Almanac".


A readers sends this:


Someone asked when to make kraut by the moon.....

A very old farmer gentleman, Mr. Phillips in his 90's , who's mind  was sharp as a tack, back 
in the 1970's told me to use Dutch Flat Cabbage and make my kraut in the Dark of the Moon.....
I did this for years and it was the best kraut I had ever eaten...Hope this helps.

My mother always said : to plant green beans in the sign of  "the twins, " and you will get a 
double crop....and this always worked for me .



----- Original Message ----- 
From: Marge
To: phaedrus
Sent: Sunday, March 30, 2008 9:35 AM
Subject: garletta

> Hi , I;ve  for quite some time been searching for a polish recipe for
> quite some time . I do hope you can help me out . It's called garletta ,
> it's similar to headcheese . I'll keep my fingers crossed in hopes that
> you can help me .                           
>Marge !

Hi Marge,

See below for two recipes.


Polish Garaleta Headcheese

2 whole pork hocks cut in half, (four pieces)
2 pigs feet
cold water
2 bay leaves
1 whole onion peeled
2 garlic cloves, salt pepper, dash cayenne, or 1 tsp paprika
2 carrots sliced
2 stalks celery sliced
Chopped red pepper (optional)
1 tin sliced mushrooms drained (optional)


Rinse off fresh pork in cold water.
Put in soup pot or 5 qt. dutch oven
Cover the pork with cold water plus 1 inch
Bring to boil
Skim then simmer.
Add onion bay leaves, salt, pepper and garlic.
Cook this until the meat falls off the bones. About 4 hours.
Remove the meat from broth and put into a deep dish and let it cool.
Strain the broth through a fine sieve into another pot.
Then add your sliced carrots, celery, red pepper and mushrooms. Cook (simmer 
covered) for at least one hour (floating vegetables should sink).
Chop up the meat from the pork hocks which will be cool by now. Add to broth 
(I use only the meat no fat or gristle).
Then pour this into probably a couple of glass loaf pans you will have to 
guesstimate (that's The Polish Way)
I usually get one large glass loaf pan. Let it cool (fat will rise to the 
When cold, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Eat the next day with vinegar if desired.

Wash 1 1/2 lbs of split pigs feet and place in pot with 10 cups of hot 
water. Simmer on low, skimming off scum. Add 1 lb lean pork and cook about 
another 2 hrs. Add 1 Bay leaf, 6 peppercorns, 3 grains allspice, and 1 
teaspoon of salt. Cook 1 more hr. Meat should fall off bone. Strain. Add 1 
teaspoon vinegar to stock and 2 cloves of crushed garlic, salt and pepper to 
taste. Remove meat from bone and dice.
Put meat in rectangular pan, and cover with cooled stock. Refrigerate over 
Scrape off congealed fat from top. Turn out on platter and server with 
vinegar or lemon juice, maybe even horseradish. 

Chinese Dragon - Horse

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Cindi"
To: "Uncle Phaedrus" 
Sent: Sunday, March 30, 2008 12:37 PM
Subject: Chinese dragon question

> Dear Unc:
> I recently purchased a piece of jade at a jewelry show.  It is a
> Chinese "half dragon half horse", and it is supposed to "eat evil" and
> keep evil spirits away.  The lady who sold it to me was knowledgeable
> about it, but I did not "get" the name she was saying that represents
> this beast.  I have searched the internet but have come up with
> nothing.  Can you find the name of this mythical Chinese half dragon
> half horse.  Thanks.
> Cindi

Hi Cindi,

It appears to be called "Long Ma". Here's what I found:

The Long Ma (the dragon-horse) is similar to the Qilin, which is giraffe-like. See:

Photo of a statue in a Chinese park of Da Yu with the Long Ma:
Da Yu

It was a dragon-horse which brought the Eight Diagrams to Fu Hsi in 2852 B.C.

The Chinese character for long ma are just the characters for dragon and horse. See:
China History

The common idiom "long ma jing shen," or "spirit of a dragon-horse," exhorts one to take on the energy and vitality that these two animals represent. The Chinese have two famous proverbs about horses:
'Long Ma Jing Shen' (the spirit of the dragon & horse, being strong and alert) and 'Ma Dao Cheng Gong'(quick to success with a horse's speed).

"I found one story that a Long Ma / Dragon Horse (who looks like a scaled horse or Qilin)rose out of the Yellow river. Long Ma gave the Great Yu the He Tu / River Plan the He Tu was part of the Nine Divisions of Hongfan part of the Book Or Writings. The plan or map showed how to subdue the waters and tame the river. (This is where the Fengshui comes in)"


Woolworth's Banana Roll

From: "Karen" 
To: phaedrus
Subject: Woolworth's Banana Roll
Date: Sunday, March 30, 2008 12:49 PM

 I found this recipe on the Taste of Home Website:
Taste of Home

RE: Woolworths - recall days of five-and-dimes - Recipes and more! 

Banana Roll

serves 12 

One 8-inch round cake layer may be made with this batter. Prepare as directed below. Bake in a 
350-degree oven for about 30 minutes. 

1 cup sifted cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 large) mashed ripe banana
1 tablespoon sour cream 
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
5 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg, room temperature 

Adjust rack to lower third of oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a small area in 
the center of the baking sheet with solid shortening. Line a 12 x 15-1/2 x 1/2-inch baking pan with 
foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang at each short end (the dab of shortening holds the foil in place). 
Grease and flour the foil. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Combine the mashed 
banana, sour cream and lemon zest in a small bowl. 
Using an electric mixer, cream the butter until it is smooth and lighter in color. Add the sugar and 
scrape the mixture clinging to the sides into the center of the bowl. Continue to cream until the mixture
is light and fluffy. Add the egg and continue to beat until the mixture is quite fluffy. Add half of the
flour mixture until blended. Then add the banana mixture, blending well. Add the remaining flour mixture,
blending until smooth. 
Scoop the thick batter onto five different areas over two-thirds of the prepared baking sheet. With a 
metal spatula, spread and coax the batter to cover the two-third of the sheet. Now extend it to the 
rest of the sheet in as even a layer as possible. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the cake is light
golden brown, the sides are beginning to contract from the metal, and the cake springs back when lightly
touched in the center. 
Remove the pan from the oven. Using a thinbladed knife, gently release any portion of the cake sticking 
to the long sides of the pan. Pull up on the foil overhangs, one at a time, to release the foil from the
pan's edges. Lifting up on the flaps, transfer it to a large rack to cool. Place a sheet of foil over 
the cake, and manipulate the foil in a tent fashion. Cool for 30 minutes, then proceed to assemble the
roll. Spread the cream evenly over the cake with a rubber spatula, up to 1-inch before reaching the long
end farthest from you. (The cake will be rolled lengthwise. Some of the filling will move to that end as
you roll.) 
Begin rolling by flipping the edge of cake nearest you over onto itself. Then, with the aid of the foil
that extends on either side of the cake, roll the cake lengthwise until you reach the other end. With 
your hands, wrap some of the foil around the roll to assist you in rounding the shape as you work toward
the other end of the cake. 
Cut each end of the roll on the diagonal for eye appeal, and sprinkle a light coating of powdered sugar
over it. Lift it onto a serving plate with a long, wide spatula or a baking sheet without sides. 
Filling: Combine 3/4 cup heavy cream, 2 tablespoons sour cream, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon 
vanilla in a 1 1/2-quart mixing bowl, and whip them until it is soft, shiny, and smooth, but stiffer 
than for most desserts.  

More Woolworth's Recipes


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