First, on Tuesday, volunteers start by trimming the ham.
Which, by the way, is country ham. For those who don't know, it's salt cured, not your regular baked fresh ham. I LOVE country ham, but I usually love it best if it's soaked a bit to get some of the salt out. Something my dad always does to help cut the saltiness is to cook it in Coke. It cooks down and makes a nice glaze.
Here are a few of the volunteers cutting out the bones and trimming off the extra fat.
And this fat is not wasted! Yes, it's cooked and packed to give away. This fried, crispy meat/fat is called cracklin'.
Here they are just thrown in the pot.
And now just about cooked down.
Then they package them up to give away! We don't waste any of it. :)
One of my jobs, along with my United Methodist Women's circle is to wrap silverware, fill salt and pepper shakers and decorate the tables. Here are some of the beautiful center pieces my friend Jan put together...
And here, we're all done wrapping.
I don't have photos, but there are volunteers who bake biscuits and cook grits. Also those who crack a gazillion eggs. That used to be one of my jobs until I got too busy with after school activities with my kids. I have to admit, it makes it tough to eat eggs the next day after working with them!
Here is some of the country ham cooking.
Here are some of the cooks. This is for the dine-in food. The carry-out food was cooked in another kitchen on the other side of the church near where they do drive through--handing it out of a window! :)
Stirring up some of those many cracked, fresh eggs.
Pouring them into the griddle (a huge flat top cooker)... YUM. I love scrambled eggs.
Here's the beginning of the serving line when we first opened at 4:30. Volunteers on the right. Hungry folks on the left.
One of my jobs is to take warm biscuits around to the tables offering seconds (and thirds and fourths). I must've served dozens to people who were gobbling them up with the yummy homemade apple jelly--compliments of our youth minister along with some youth who helped him make it!
Here's hubby's plate. Had to snap the shot since I forgot and had already dug in on my plate! :) One thing he doesn't have that I did is red-eye gravy on the grits. For those who've never heard of it, you make it with drippings from the cooked ham and...coffee! Yes, coffee and fat. Believe it or not, it's very, very tasty!