Ham brands........

ritamay91710

Ok guys, I need help. I have a recipe I want to try that calls for a bone in, spiral sliced half ham. Any opinions on what's a good one? TIA!

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maifleur03

The ones I see here in the stores are regional brands. If you have a honey baked store you might be able to purchase one there. I have found that what one person likes others may not so hard to tell what a good one would be. For flavor I like one that has some fat. Problem with recipes is that when you heat a spiral sliced ham it tends to lose moisture resulting in a dry ham.

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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

I have been been very pleased with SugarDale hams. I prefer them to Cooks and Smithfield and other grocery store hams. I am not a fan of the Honey baked products, much too expensive for what you get. I love the Boars head ham glaze, it's a little different than the others.

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Lukki Irish

I haven’t tried many of the other brands because Costco’s Kirklands were my usual go to, however, the past couple of years they’ve been extremely salty.

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sal 60 Hanzlik

I buy Hillshire.

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ladypat1

Trader Joe's ham is wonderful!

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ci_lantro

I like the Sugar Dale hams, too. But I never buy a spiral sliced one as those are only good if you want to make ham jerky. So much of the juice drains out of the ham when it is spiral sliced and then more leaves when it is warmed up.

To get rid of some of the excess salt, I have been parboiling the whole ham before baking. Not really boiling, just cooking at a low, low simmer (ham submerged in water) for several hours.

You don't have to toss the cooking water after, either. I save it & freeze in milk cartons to use for cooking beans or other soups that will benefit from the flavor.

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morz8

I've bought Trader Joe's, and Kirklands (Costco) most recently. If having a large number of people buffet style, I might buy a spiral ham but as noted above, its really easy to end up with a dry ham....ask me how I know ;0)

Carving a whole ham can be a pain in the neck, or an imposition. I remember telling my young adult nephew one year, its time you learned to carve so be prepared....He watched a few you tube clips and did come with a plan.

Truthfully - we eat the Kirkland Master Carve half hams year around. Very good, very easy. I have a couple in the freezer and one in the refrigerator now. They do not make a stunning presentation for a holiday table though ;0)

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