When we finish with a ham, there is usually a nice bone left over. I can save a bit of money if I turn that bone into broth. I cut as much meat off of the bone as I can, slice or dice it and package it up in zip-topped bags. I store a bag or two in the fridge for immediate use, and put the rest into the freezer. The last ham we did left me with very little to freeze, it was so good. I did not want to waste a single bit of it, so I used every scrap!
It is extremely simple to make ham broth in the slow cooker. I usually fill the bowl 1/2 full with water. Then, I add the bone. Ham is salty, so I don’t add additional salt.
I put the leftover bone and water into the slow cooker last evening and pushed the “low” button. This morning, I woke up to a delicious smell; smoky and rich–and my broth was done. I let it cool down, then packaged it into cartons for the freezer. I ended up with the basis for 1-2 more meals made from a bone and just a little bit of my time!
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