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Once you have enjoyed your ham, don't throw that ham bone out. The ham bone contains a ton of flavor and can be used to flavor other dishes. This page contains recipes using a ham bone.


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December 18, 2014

This was made from my ham bone from Thanksgiving I froze the bone that day after carving it. I took it out recently and let it boil all day long.

Source: My own creation


  • 1 leftover ham bone
  • 2 large onions, quartered
  • 1 lb chunk cut carrots
  • 6 large white potatoes
  • 1 smail purple top turnip, cubed
  • 1 small yellow turnip, cubed
  • Seasonings*

*I added add spices like: thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, black pepper, a splash of cider vinegar and a splash of white wine. It simmered all day.



  1. Let these all cook until about 1/2 done, the add a half of a cabbage cut into quarters.
  2. When all is done, add butter and cider vinegar at the table for those who want it. It was yummy!
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December 18, 20140 found this helpful

This is making my mouth water just thinking about it. You've got my vote!:)

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January 11, 2008

I buy the leftover bone from Heavenly or Honeybaked Ham, defrost it and then remove as much fat as possible. There's usually about a pound of ham left on the bone! - and I grind it with cheddar cheese and pineapple slices to make a great sandwich spread.


I pressure-cook the bone with the juice from 1/2 a lemon (or 2 tablespoons of vinegar) to get the cartilage dissolved. This makes thick broth for a bean soup base or for cooking greens, and once cooled, the fat can be removed from the top. The boiled bone finally makes it into the compost pile to release its calcium back to the earth.

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June 29, 20120 found this helpful

Boiled Dinner from a ham bone and bits of leftover ham. Boil bone with potatoes, cabbage, carrots, rutabaga and of course whole onions (make sure you use lots of onions - my family fights over them and the carrots). Cook this all together. When the smell is too enticing to stand and you have neighbors knocking at your door to ask if they can eat with you Dinner is done.

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December 30, 20096 found this helpful

When cooking a ham for the holidays and you've eaten all the meat, save the ham bone to freeze. Later you can pull it out of your freezer, throw in some beans with your frozen bone, and make a nice soup.

By Diana M.

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December 21, 20100 found this helpful

I never buy a boneless ham because then I couldn't make bean soup! I stew the bone right in the roasting pan, then strip off any remaining meat, strain the broth, and freeze the broth with the shredded meat added back in.

I've learned, though, not to stew those heavily-glazed fancy spiral sliced hams in the roasting pan - the broth is just too sweet for soup broth. I move the bone to a stewpot after removing excess surface glazing.

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July 25, 2012

I boil the ham bone with wedged cabbage, rutabaga, potatoes, whole onions, and squash. It makes wonderful meal.

Source: My mom

By Lavonne from MN

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April 16, 2012

This past Easter I baked a bone-in ham, wrapped in foil, then unwrapped and covered with a glaze. Delicious! In the past, I had never bothered going to the trouble of using the ham bone for soup or whatever, so I usually just picked off as much ham as possible and discarded the bone.

This year, I simmered the ham bone for about 2 hours, on the off chance I might want to make something more. Lo and behold, when it was done, there was a ton more ham to easily tear off! What a bounty! And it was even moister than the rest of the ham!

So, always make sure you get the best of everything. And I thank all of you for all your awesome tips!

By Nancy from Salem, MA

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July 30, 2007

Any one know of a recipe that I can use a ham bone in? I had a huge ham in my freezer that I finally got around to cooking and dividing up for dinners and lunches. Now I have a this ham bone and I don't want to waste it. When I had my dog, this was not a problem. Now that he is gone, I want to make a soup or something out of it. Thanks for your help.

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July 30, 20070 found this helpful

Split pea soup and a ham bone, heaven!

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July 31, 20070 found this helpful

What else? Pea soup. The only reason I buy a ham is to get the bone for pea soup

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July 31, 20070 found this helpful

Put the bone in water in a big pot, add chopped cabbage and boil until cabbage starts getting soft, then peel potatoes and cut into small chunks, add to the pot and salt and pepper to taste. Let cook until all is soft and pour into soup bowls, serve with bread and butter and enjoy. Also, boil bone, add salt and pepper and add cubed potatoes. In another pot, cook farfalle (bow ties) until tender, drain. After potatoes are tender, add the bow ties and simmer for about 10 min. Serve.

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July 31, 20070 found this helpful

My all time favorite use(s) for a ham bone are either homemade split pea soup or lima beans and hamhocks or use a ham bone instead. Just put the beans in water (sometimes soaking overnight) or use a crock pot, add onions and other vegys and had the ham bone and let cook most of the day on med-low heat, checking the water level once in awhile.

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August 2, 20070 found this helpful

My favorite way is to boil it until meat is loose, and you can remove bones. Add a large can of crushed tomatoes, a can of Rotel tomatoes, (I use mild), one or two large chopped onions, and one cup of brown rice. Stir and return to boiling, addint salt and pepper,cover, and cook on low heat for about and hour. Check 2 or 3 times during cooking to be sure it is consistancy you like. If needed, a smaller can of tomatoes, tomato sause, puree, or tomato soup may be stirred in. More of any of ingredients may be used if larger batch is desired. I usually freeze some of it for later in a glass jars.

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January 28, 20080 found this helpful

Make lentil, or split pea soup you can usually find the recipe on bags of dried beans. For split pea just boil the ham bone for about 2 hours, remove and add dried peas and finely chopped carrots, celery and onion. You can also add broken of spaghetti. Try it it's good! The ham will be very tender so you can add it to the soup too.

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December 22, 20100 found this helpful

I love to make Ham and Bean soup. :)

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