AMERICAN SWEET HAM (19 DAYS) recipe, Filipino Recipes

1 kilo pork (thigh or pigi) 3/4 cup salt 3/4 cup white sugar 1 tsp salitre 2 cups water 1/2 cup wine

3 tablets Ascorbic Acid (500 mgs.)

Mix last 6 ingredients until sugar and ascorbic acid are totally dissolved. Put in a big big bowl. Soak whole pork in this solution and prick all over with a fork or ice pick. You may also use a syringe to inject solution into the thick meat. Cover bowl with a clean cheese cloth or foil. Store in refrigerator. For 3 days, turn and prick once a day. On the 4th day up to the a8th day, turn once a day (no pricking needed). On the 19th day, wash 3 times in clear water. Then tie a string around the meat to prevent the meat from sagging and boil in the following mixture:

1 small can pineapple juice 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 tsp salt 1 pc bay leaf 1 tsp peppercorns (whole) 1/4 tsp curry powder (or small piece kanela) 1/2 tsp oregano powder (or dried oregano leaves)

2/3 cups water (enough to cover meat)

After cooking meat in this mixture, drain. Remove skin. Sprinkle brown sugar generously on surface, then, press heated kitchen turner (siyanse), repeating several times till meat becomes golden brown. Or you may bake in oven in 350F heat until golden brown.

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