An Easter Treat You Can Make Anytime

Honey-Bourbon Glazed Ham Steaks

By: Co+op, stronger together

Right now through May 1, your Co-op’s Meat Department is offering a great deal on uncured ham from our partners at Beeler’s Pure Pork. Like everything in our Meat department, Beeler’s hams are always non-GMO, and always raised without antibiotics and added growth hormones. Right now, pick one up for $1 off per pound and try this amazing recipe from our friends at Stronger Together.

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons bourbon

  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil or butter

  • 4 4-ounce ham steaks

Preparation

  1. Combine the bourbon, honey, ginger and cloves in a cup and stir to mix. 

  2. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add oil or butter and tilt the pan to coat. Place the ham steaks in the hot pan and sear on both sides for about 1 minute per side. When the ham is browned and heated through, take the pan off the heat, move the ham to a plate and cover loosely with a pan lid or foil to keep warm. 

  3. Put the pan back on the burner over medium heat and add the honey mixture, stirring as soon as it hits the hot pan. It will boil and thicken quickly, within 30 seconds or so. Put the ham steaks back in the pan and turn frequently until they are glazed and coated. 

  4. Serve immediately and drizzle with any sauce left in the pan.

Serving Suggestion

Accompany this dish with baked sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli and homemade whole-wheat dinner rolls!

Tips & Notes

This recipe is so flexible, it’s easy to make it with one 8-ounce ham steak and half of the sauce, if you just want two servings, or double it for 8 people.

Nutritional Information

240 calories, 6 g. fat, 50 mg. cholesterol, 1440 mg. sodium, 18 g. carbohydrate, 0 g. fiber, 22 g. protein

Try This! Healthy Hair

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By: Co+op, stronger together

Does your hair need some TLC? Most commercial hair products rely on drying ingredients like alcohol, sulfates and silicone to control hair, which can throw your hair’s natural pH out of balance. Learning a few DIY tricks to use occasionally at home can be just the thing to give your hair a pick-me-up, and keep it looking fabulous, naturally.

Get super clean & shiny

Using conditioner and styling products gradually creates a buildup on strands of hair, a thin film of non-water soluble materials that makes hair appear dull and heavy. Shampoo alone will not remove this buildup. You can spend a lot of money on products marketed to remove it, or you can use this simple time-honored recipe for the same: 

DIY hair clarifier: 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 quart fresh water

Mix ingredients together, shampoo hair thoroughly and rinse, then work cider vinegar mix into hair and rinse. Follow with another round of shampoo to slough off loosened buildup and condition as usual.

Condition deeply

Your scalp and body produce a natural moisturizer: oil. Therefore it isn’t surprising that oil-rich fruits, nuts and seeds have great moisturizing benefits for hair and scalp. They are speaking your hair’s moisture language! Depending on your hair type, try one of the following recipes:

Curly hair: 4 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 tablespoons honey

Place coconut oil and honey in a small plastic bag, submerge in a cup of hot water until warmed. Apply to hair and leave on 20 minutes, shampoo and rinse. 

Straight hair: 1 egg yolk, 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, 3/4 cup lukewarm water

Beat egg yolk and oil, slowly beat in water. After shampooing, massage mixture into hair and leave on for 5-10 minutes before thoroughly rinsing.

Thick or wavy hair: 1 mashed avocado, 1 cup coconut milk

Heat avocado and coconut milk until warm and combined. When cool enough, massage into hair and let sit for 15 minutes. Shampoo and rinse.

Treat your hair to tea

Lots of products say they contain “herbal infusions” but what does that mean? Herbal infusions are basically teas for your hair. Since hair is absorbent it can benefit from the high mineral content and therapeutic value of some herbs. The following are suggestions for DIY herbal rinses that can treat common hair issues. If you can brew tea, you can make these!

Select one or two herbs from the lists below to achieve desired results:

Boost body & shine: Calendula, horsetail, nettle, parsley, rosemary or sage

Treat dandruff: Burdock root, chamomile, parsley, thyme, rosemary

Control excess oil: Lavender, lemon balm, lemongrass, mint, witch hazel, yarrow

Moisturize and smooth: burdock root, comfrey, lavender, marshmallow (root), parsley, sage

To make the rinse, pour 2 cups of boiling water over ½ cup of herbs and cover loosely. Steep until water has cooled (up to 24 hours), then strain the herbs out and funnel the liquid into a clean squeeze bottle or empty, rinsed shampoo bottle. After washing and conditioning hair, thoroughly soak hair with herbal infusion. Ring out excess, but do not rinse. Dry and style as usual.

Common sense caution

When using an herb or oil on skin or hair for the first time, do a patch test on the inside of your arm to check for allergic reactions. Even ingredients you are used to eating can react differently when applied to skin. Recipes require adult supervision, children should ask for help before trying this at home.