Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Ham

Ham is the pig's hind leg, and it is usually cured and smoked in various ways. The curing process can give the ham either a sweet or sharp, salty flavor.

What to look for when buying ham:

  • Smoked ham has a dark, firm, but elastic golden brown rind and dark red flesh.

  • Stale ham can be recognized by its brown, dry appearance and unpleasant smell.

  • Freshly cooked ham should look moist and fresh with white fat and pale pink flesh.

  • Ham on the bone is expensive but has better flavor than boned ham.

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