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Old 04-06-2009, 03:54 PM   #11
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We have found the Carando spiral sliced ham to be very similar in taste to the Honey Baked brand and very tasty. Visit Carando.com . Their specialty is Italian but their hams are traditional.
Andy,

There is a grocery store near me that has this ham on sale. I had never heard of it until your post. I think I'm going to get one for my son and do a comparison taste test.

I purchased a Mash's ham this year..unsliced. I will give it one more try, and if it doesn't work out, then I am ordering my ham next time.
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Old 04-06-2009, 04:12 PM   #12
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Andy,

There is a grocery store near me that has this ham on sale. I had never heard of it until your post. I think I'm going to get one for my son and do a comparison taste test...

I think you'll like it, Toni. Save the bone for a super tasty split pea or bean soup.
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Old 04-06-2009, 06:41 PM   #13
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Andy, I'll let you know how we like the Carando Ham. I'll tell my son to wrap it in heavy duty foil, and roast it at 325 degrees at 20 minutes per pound.. And, I'll throw this in for good measure... I read something at one website where I was researching spiral sliced vs unsliced hams, to bring the ham up to room temperature for about an hour or so prior to baking. I didn't remember reading that in any of my cookbooks. So, I checked.

That tip isn't there in any of my books that I have checked thus far. So, I'm going to do that since I don't recall having done it before. I may have done it by accident in the past, not realizing that some cooks think it's a good idea.

Now that I think about it...My Mom used to roast a whole hickory smoked ham. By the time she got through trimming the skin, scoring the ham, inserting the whole cloves and putting the pineapple slices on it, it probably took her a while to get the ham in the oven. Plus, she was always multi-tasking.. and prepping the other dishes at the same time. The ham was probably out for an hour while she did all that.
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:15 PM   #14
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Toni, just follow the directions on the package. I don't think you have to wrap it in HD foil or let it come to room temperature. The ham is already fully cooked and just needs to be heated. There is usually a sauce packet in with the ham.
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:19 AM   #15
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I like Kansas City Steak Company spiral cut ham. It is not
pumped with water and has a nice smoky flavor.
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Old 04-07-2009, 02:22 AM   #16
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I like Kansas City Steak Company spiral cut ham. It is not
pumped with water and has a nice smoky flavor.
I got an email last week from Kansas City Steak Company because I order steakburgers from them. Their ham was on sale for $49.95.

If the quality of the Kansas City ham is equal to their steakburgers, then it must be a pretty good ham. I won't purchase any other brand of burgers.

Every now and then, Kansas City Steak Company has a $6.99 shipping special, which is a very good deal considering how well their products are packaged and shipped.
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Old 04-07-2009, 11:31 AM   #17
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We like the John Morrell EZ Cut Ham... On sale for $1.97 at Kroger today when I was there. Also, I have always been told that meat should be at room temp prior to cooking. Of course that does not mean leaving out a lont time.
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:41 PM   #18
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I know what you mean about the meat being tough (chewy) --- On a rare occasion or two I have run across that problem...It can be disappointing -- However I wouldn't give up on Smithfield...Their products are normally very good...As are the (Over priced IMO) Honey Baked...In my area the Cooks hams or mostly used around Holidays as "Promotional Hams" --- Front page, low price leader --- In store obvioiusly they have other pricer (better?) hams. I've never heard of the Schaul's, but I look forward to your report should you choose that route...I used to be able to buy a Bryan's Ham locally that was awesome -- Whole, Bone in, etc, that I would "double smoke" It gave me a somewhat more dense texture..Still moist and tender, but not that "mushy" "spongy" texture that some of the Water(added) Cured hams can have at times. I have enjoyed the Spirial Cut hams, but at the end of the day I"m like Miss Patty1 -- Give me the "Old Fashion" whole, bone-in ham...

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Uncle Bob,

I said I would report back about the ham and here it is... Andy had recommended the Carando Ham, but the hams were fairly large and I wanted something a little smaller.

So, I rolled the dice and purchased a Mash's Brown Sugar Ham. The company is out of Baltimore, so considering I live in the Washington burbs, it's a local ham.

I didn't do the spiral sliced, and the eight pound ham cost $11.70, which I thought was a good value. If I didn't like it, I would be out the cost of large pizza.

This ham was one of the best I have ever eaten. It was moist and the texture was almost buttery. I could not be more pleased. I followed the instructions and wrapped it in foil and baked it 325 for the required cooking time.

I would compare the texture of the meat to a Honey Baked Ham. It was that good.

I thank everyone for their input, and for reminding me to go back to cooking it the way my Mom used to. She never cooked a spiral ham, and hers were always great.

Needless to say, I am one happy camper. I got a great ham at a great price. It doesn't get any better than that!!


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My experience with the Honey Baked Spiral is you have to eat it at room temp. From the frig pull off the amount needed (put the rest back in the frig) and let the ham come to room temp to enjoy. The ham is pumped with so much liquid that if you heat it, the results are dry and unappealing. We receive one each year from friends - hubby loves it. For just regular ham to enjoy that we cook, I suggest the Cook's brand.
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