A mum spent seven hours slow cooking a gammon joint and glazing it in honey – only to realise it was still wrapped in plastic when she came to eat it.
Lauren Mackay, 27, who is an NHS rehab support worker, noticed a strange ‘skin’ around the pork joint.
She called her mum Jill, 52, who pointed out her daughter’s hilarious mishap and advised her not to eat it.
But Lauren, her partner Sean Makepeace, 30, and her eldest daughter Matilda Mackay, seven, decided to tuck in anyway and had no problems eating it.
Lauren, of Aldershot, Hampshire, said: ‘I was absolutely gutted when I came home and realised what I’d done. I was so hungry.
‘As I opened the slow cooker, I thought the gammon had a weird skin on it. Then as I lifted it out I realised the skin went all the way around.
‘I had soaked it, poured a load of honey over it and slow cooked it but I never realised it had a layer around the outside.’
Lauren added: ‘My mum did say she didn’t think we should eat it but we did eat it and we’re still alive. I took the plastic off, poured some more honey over it and it tasted normal to be honest.
‘It probably would have been better if I’d taken the plastic off before cooking but at least it didn’t ruin dinner completely.’
Previously considering herself to be a good cook, Lauren admits her gammon blunder has made her reconsider her abilities in the kitchen.
She said: ‘I suppose I have had a few incidents of things sticking to pans or putting things on the hob forgetting it’s still on.
‘I posted about the gammon on Facebook and a few people found it disgusting, one person told me I needed a trip to Specsavers.
‘I have had some people tell me you can actually cook them with the plastic on to hold it together but I don’t think you’re supposed to season the plastic.’
We wonder what she’s having for Christmas.
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