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A mum who glazed a gammon in honey and spent seven hours slow-cooking it was left mortified after realising she had made an hilarious oversight.

Lauren Mackay had taken the pork out of the fridge in the morning, soaked it in water for an hour and glazed it in honey, before putting it in the slow cooker for seven hours and heading out to work.

But the NHS rehab support worker quickly realised she had made a huge error when it was ready to eat, on the back of a long day at work and being rushed off her feet with her newborn daughter Delilah Makepeace.

The 27-year-old says she noticed a strange ‘skin’ around the gammon and rang her mum for help – who broke the bad news that she had failed to remove the plastic wrapping first.

Mum Jill advised her daughter not to risk eating it but Lauren removed the crispy wrapping, gave it another coat of honey and tucked in alongside her partner Sean and eldest daughter Matilda – saying it tasted “normal”.

Lauren, a mum-of-two from Aldershot, 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 called my mum, as you do, and she told me it was the plastic. I couldn’t believe it, I was so gutted.

“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.

“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.”

The mum-of-two said she previously considered herself to be a dab hand in the kitchen and will have a chance to prove it, with another gammon planned to be on the menu for Christmas.

Lauren said: “I always thought I was a good cook but now I’m starting to question myself. With the gammon, my partner just acted like this is the normal type of thing I would do.

“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.”