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What Type Of Ham To Buy For Christmas

Sourcing: Ideally, ham should be sourced from responsible farmers who ensured that the animals led happy, pig-like lives, which entailed plenty of roaming around on a pasture. Not only does this make eating meat a little easier on our consciences, but also happens to make for tastier meat. This type of meat costs more but is infinitely tastier and better for the planet.

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Carefully consider how you will store your ham. Fresh pork should be stored in the coldest part of the refrigerator for two to five days or in the freezer for up to eight months. Pork that is wrapped in plastic wrap from self-service meat counters should be stored no longer than two days in the refrigerator. If it must be kept longer, place the store package in moisture-vapor resistant freezer type packaging material before you store it in your freezer to help prevent freezer burn.

Ham is particularly rich in selenium, providing up to 76% of the DV per 2 ounces (57 grams), depending on the type. Selenium is an essential nutrient that aids reproduction, DNA construction, and defense from infections (2, 3, 4).

Some cancer organizations suggest eating as little processed meat as possible due to its health risks. All the same, if you want to enjoy ham, eat it in moderation and choose types that are fresh, lean, and low in sodium.

In Europe, there are many different types of ham with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status. PDO is a classification method similar to wine or cheese (think Parmigiano-Reggiano) that guarantees the regional specialty.

Ham, cabbage and potatoes is always a feel good, reminds me of my childhood, autumn type meal. I guess my mom cheated though as we do it in the pressure cooker, so it's literally just a few minutes to make. I actually have some on the stove now. I'm going to have to try to make it this way now too.

There are several different types of ham. Every distinct variety carries something special from the region where the pigs are raised, the preservation and cooking method, or specific cuts of meat from within the pig.

Hams are available fresh or cured, and sometimes smoked. There are many different varieties of ham, which differ according to the methods used in curing and processing. The curing process is used to preserve, develop a deeper color, and intensify the flavor of the ham. Hams are larger cuts used to serve several people. A whole ham can weigh 10 lbs. to 20 lbs. or more, but are generally sold in halves. They are fairly low in fat but high in sodium and are available bone-in, semi-boneless or boneless. There are three basic types of ham. The types are explained below.

A ham labeled just "Ham" must be at least 20.5% protein in the lean area and have no water added. This type of ham is dry cured, having no water added. They are generally sold in specialty stores or must be special ordered. They have an intense flavor and are very salty. The ham is sliced very thin when served.

A ham product that is less than 17% protein and it can contain any amount of water. The water content must be clearly stated on the label as a "% of added ingredients." This type of ham is great for thin slicing and shaving. Commonly found in the deli for sandwich meat.

Bone-in Ham - This type of ham can be a butt or shank portion or it could be a whole or half leg that has the hip, thigh and/or shank bone remaining as part of the ham. Bone-in hams are more attractive and flavorful.

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There are three primary types of cuts when it comes to ham: bone-in, boneless, and spiral which can be bone-in or boneless. Each of these cuts offers benefits, so it really comes down to personal preference. 041b061a72


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