How do you get a great caramelized crust on an Easter ham?

Happy Easter. Traditional Easter meal is Spiral Ham. How do you get a great caramelized crust and slice it properly for friends and family? Remove ham from packaging, place flat side down on a foil lined roasting pan. A majority of the time the ham will come with a sugar /spice packet that has a clove / brown sugar mixture. When applied to the outside of the ham and cooked, it will give a great caramelized crust. For added flavor, add orange juice or pineapple juice instead of water. All spiral hams come with spiral slice to the bone around so no need to worry about thickness. This comes done for you! You do have to worry about the slicing to the bone. With ham facing you, find natural muscle line, with knife cut until bone is reached, cut away to outside. Next cut the remaining meat in half to the bone and bring knife around the bone and remove meat.Chef_John1

Spiral Ham – Yields 8 portions

Spiral Hams should be cooked on foil lined roasting pan meat facing down. Add 1 …

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What is a unique brunch idea for Spring?


Spring brunches wouldn’t be complete without fresh melons. Here are some easy tips on how to make melon cutting easy and safe. First find the right melon – Choose one that has fresh aroma at that is heavy for its size and when slapped gives a hollow thump. Avoid melons that have bruises and flat sides. Store melon in refrigerator and rinse under cold running water prior to cutting – this reduces any bacteria that may be present on the exterior surface of the melon! Cut topside and bottom side off melon and stand on one edge. Using a thin blade knife, peel toward bottom of melon. Work all the way around until peeled. Slice as desired. For Cantaloupe or Honeydew and other melons where seeding is necessary, slice melon end to end through middle. Using large spoon, slide spoon ½ way toward center, turn and repeat. Seeds will fall right out. For fruit tray slice vertically approx. ½ inch with blade of knife, cut off pointed edges and pick up with knife.

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How do I know when my meat is done?

This is a question I receive often by many customers. The only sure way to know in order to prevent overcooking, or worse yet, being undercooked, is to use a meat thermometer.
A meat thermometer is as essential a tool for chefs as their chef knives! In order to prevent food borne illness from bacteria, the most important thing in the kitchen is to cook to proper temperature.chef_john111x96
Meat thermometers can be purchased at Kroger stores in the kitchen gadget aisle. They have a stem with point, and dial face for reading the internal temperature of any food item. When you first use your thermometer or if dropped, you should calibrate it by sampling putting the stem into a tight packed ice water bath. The dial should read 32 f. when placed into the ice bath. You can adjust the dial to 32 f. if off by way of turning the hex nut under the dial. When taking the temperature of a food item, it is important to insert the probe into the center of the item into the thickest part and wait …

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What are our Simple Truth shoppers saying about the Kroger exclusive brand?

Our Customers told us they wanted a simpler way to shop for organic/natural products in our stores. The result: Simple Truth™ and Simple Truth Organic™. Affordable and delicious foods that represent the joy of eating closer to the way nature intended.
These foods provide a simple, uncomplicated and trustworthy solution to the challenge of simply better living. You’ll find Simple Truth™ and Simple Truth Organic™ items throughout the store during your everyday shopping trips. Clean, simple packaging and easy-to-understand ingredient statements take the chore out of selecting Organic, Free From 101 and some Natural foods. Available exclusively at the Kroger® Co. Family of Stores, Simple Truth™ and Simple Truth Organic™ are honest, easy and affordable.

What are our customers saying in their own words?

“I appreciate the Simple Truth brand for making organic easier to find.”

“We are loving the new Simple Truth meatless products. Keep them coming.”

“I really …

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