Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Nursing somewhere public in So Cal
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ETA: Since I have been enlightened, I changed my title from "do not use fresh pineapple on a ham".
My pinapple literally ate my Thanksgiving ham! Pinapple contains an enzyme called Bromelain, a digestive aid. Apparently only fresh and frozen pinapple contain the enzyme (my guess is that it gets cooked out in the canning process). Even though I already knew about Bromlain, I didn't think that it would have any affect on cooking with it. WRONG!
I poured pinapple juice all over
the ham before it went in the oven, and I poured all of the extra juice into the bottom of the pan. After cooking in the pinapple juice for over an hour and a half, I pulled the ham out of the oven. When I picked it up to put it on a platter, the ham started to fall apart. Most of it was salvagable, and we all had a good laugh about it. Everyone said it tasted really good!
Today, we pulled out some of the leftover ham to make ham and eggs. It had turned into complete mush! I turned around to look at the smoothie recipes I have stuck on my fridge w/a magnet. The "tummy tamer" talks all about how good pinapple is for calming an upset tummy because of the Bromelain. Duh!
I guess next year, I will have to give up being obsessed with fresh foods for a day!
Crunchy wife to my high-school sweetheart, mama to DS (10/23/05) , DS (11/22/07) , DD (3/9/10) , and DS (5/26/12), and three babies in Heaven.