Holiday Ham Brine

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1 cup sea salt
2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons black (or mixed) peppercorns
2 tablespoons whole cloves
8 bay leaves
4 to 5 fresh rosemary sprigs
1 cup cider vinegar


Mix all ingredients with 6 quarts cold water in a large plastic bucket or container; stir until sea salt and sugar dissolve. Completely submerge ham in the liquid; cover and refrigerate for 24 hours. Remove ham from liquid, rinse with cold water, and pat dry.

Sara Foster,


November 2004
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