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MEAT KNOW-HOW

How to get the best out of good meat, from buying to cooking to serving

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

HAM & GAMMON

The simple answer is that gammon needs cooking before you eat it and ham doesn’t. After cooking, a gammon joint technically becomes a ham. Both use meat from the back leg of a pig – or the whole leg – which is dry-cured or brined in the same way as bacon. Often ingredients such as sugar and spices are added to give character to the cure. Gammon and ham are both available smoked or unsmoked.

Where things get complicated is that, while gammon is always raw, ham isn’t necessarily always cooked. Some hams – such as parma or serrano – are cured with salt, then air-dried for 6-24 months, during which time the meat firms up and the flavour matures. These hams, though uncooked, are fine to eat. In Italy they are known as prosciutto crudo – raw ham.

COOK’S TIP

Gravy too thin? Add cornflour. Don’t add it directly to the gravy tin or it will go lumpy. Slake it first – mix 1 tbsp cornflour with 90ml cold water and stir until smooth. Whisk this slurry into the hot gravy, bring to the boil and simmer just long enough to thicken it and cook out any lumps. For more gravy tips see p62 of the December issue

WORDS: LUCAS HOLLWEG. PHOTOGRAPHS: ISTOCK

MASTER CLASS

CARVING GOOSE

It’s similar to carving a turkey

and it’s simple once you know

how. You’ll need a sharp knife

and a solid cutting board

• Before carving, let the goose rest in a warm place for about 30 minutes. This will make carving easier and ensure the flesh is deliciously juicy.

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Make your Christmas and New Year the best ever with the December issue of delicious. magazine. Shopping’s a breeze with our last-minute gifts, drinks advice and festive taste test. Try Nigel Slater’s cakes and bakes, Paul A Young’s trademark truffles and Nigella’s sensational side-dishes and stay cool tips. We also find out what Rick Stein and family get up to over the festive period. For a low-stress Christmas day, cook our classic turkey lunch with timeplan. Plus, don't miss our amazing £8,400 prize giveaway. It's a happy Christmas – guaranteed!

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