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Old 01-03-2011, 07:37 PM   #1
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Let's talk Ham

Can you share with me your knowledge of HAM?
There are so many kinds and I'm not sure what I want, and I want to find some on sale this time of year if you know of an online link.

spiral cut or not?
salt cured?
smoked?
virginia?
bone in?
ready to cook/cooked?

I'm sure each kind is good for a particular serving suggestion and use. What do you know about any of these? Is there a special kind your family enjoys as a treat each year?

I've purchased some really not so good ham like items but what I want is a really good ham, something special, extra good. What are your opinions?
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:44 PM   #2
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I buy Whole bone-in Smoked Hams....Sometimes the butt portion....and smoke them again....I never buy boneless hams..I also buy whole dry cured (Country hams) for the special (salty) flavor, and to make red-eye gravy...These are just my personal preferences...Oh, I don't care for spiral cuts...IMO they are mostly flavorless....tend to dry out if heated etc. HTH

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Old 01-03-2011, 07:49 PM   #3
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I buy Whole bone-in Smoked Hams....Sometimes the butt portion....and smoke them again....I never buy boneless hams..I also buy whole dry cured (Country hams) for the special (salty) flavor, and to make red-eye gravy...These are just my personal preferences...Oh, I don't care for spiral cuts...IMO they are mostly flavorless....tend to dry out if heated etc. HTH

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I'm just learning the lingo here.
So a dry cured ham is a Country Ham, I didn't know that.
Thanks Uncle Bob.
Is a Virginia ham a smoked ham? Is that what it means?

Yes it does help!
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:49 PM   #4
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I like smoked bone in ham. I'm adept at carving my own ham so its not an issue for me to cut it up when we're ready to eat it. I prefer this type because I like to save the bone to make either pea soup or beans later.

Spiral cut ham is essentially the same kind of ham, its just had a big spiral cut into the meat so its easier to carve after you heat it.

We are NOT fond of the salt cured hams, but have bought them on sale cheap. I tend to boil them to suck some of the salt out before serving. My girls really really dislike the little ham nugget things you can buy. They say the meat feels weird in their mouths.

Hope that helps!
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:52 PM   #5
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If I buy a smoked ham, I prefer the Smithfield 25% lower sodium ham. It is just right. I've made the mistake of buying a ham just because of price and ended up with a piece of meat that is just way too salty for me.

That being said, I've been finding bone in fresh ham for 99 cents a pound not smoked just pork. It's great. I roast it until it's shreddable, cool and tear off large hunks and put into quart size zip bags, and then I have that huge, gorgeous bone that I leave a fair amount of meat on to use usually in some pot of beans.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:08 PM   #6
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I prefer a smoked, bone-in ham. Size depends on what I'm going to do with it and how much time I have for packaging the left overs.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:26 PM   #7
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I buy the whole bone-in hams as well, both butt and shank. Like others have said, I think spiral hams are tasteless and tend to dry out. Carving a ham is really easy as long as you have a good knife.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:34 PM   #8
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Bliss, my answer would have been different before this last Christmas, but my son was gifted with a spiral honey ham from Omaha steaks of all places. Shocked the heck outa me as Omaha steaks I've ordered were just "ok".
I've had Honey Baked hams, and they sure didn't impress me. In fact I'm pretty hard to impress when it comes to hams. Not anymore.
This was without a doubt, the most wonderful ham I've ever eaten, bar none. Its perfectly smoky, not too salty flavor just blew my socks off.
Now they are on sale and a better buy to boot.

Omaha Steaks 1 (7 lb.) Spiral Sliced Ham: Amazon.com: Grocery & Gourmet Food
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What is spiral ham?
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:44 PM   #10
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I'm just learning the lingo here.
So a dry cured ham is a Country Ham, I didn't know that.
Thanks Uncle Bob.
Is a Virginia ham a smoked ham? Is that what it means?

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In my world a Country Ham is a dry cured ham....There are many producers of these hams in Various states...

A "Virginia" Ham is just a ham produced in Virginia...It could be smoked, dry cured, or even fresh....Some folks swear by "Tennessee" Hams...Again...just a statement of origin...Of course all of the brands, "States", etc have there Marketing strategy to sell their product! HTH
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