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  Old  November 15th, 2007, 8:38pm     #1
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What is the best brand of Ham to buy?
Like in a grocery store....(Giant Eagle) I do not have a honey baked store near me (well unless you consider 50 miles close LOL) And how big of one should I buy? For 4 people plus a lot of leftovers?
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  Old  November 15th, 2007, 9:16pm     #2
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I find that all the ones I have made have been about the same except for the Honey Baked ones. I saw a show in Food Network about how they are made - very special process.

I do not like the sugar coating so I leave it off. I do not pay for the spiral sliced. For some reason they charge like a buck more per pound than the regular sliced hams. I don't see the need. But that is just me.

I saw a couple of recipes that said a bone in 7 pound ham will have 10-12 servings.

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http://www.abouteating.com/ham.shtml
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  Old  November 15th, 2007, 9:23pm     #3
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My favorite is Hillshire Farms. Have never been disappointed. Tried Corando and I hate the texture of them. A half ham should be more than enough. I buy a half and it serves 6 with leftovers.

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  Old  November 15th, 2007, 9:48pm     #4
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This are pricey, but yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuummy!

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  Old  November 15th, 2007, 10:44pm     #5
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Hormel Black Label. It is a fine ham.

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  Old  November 15th, 2007, 10:49pm     #6
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Smithfield...
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  Old  November 15th, 2007, 10:51pm     #7
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The one that comes with the glaze packet.. Makes it taste just like a honey ham store ham not sure which brand it is though i know its wrapped in red foil... GL

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  Old  November 15th, 2007, 11:19pm     #8
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The kind my son grows - Sammies Hammies. Available in my freezer!! LOL
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  Old  November 16th, 2007, 9:02am     #9
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Really depends on what type of ham your wanting. Whether its a whole ham, semi-boneless or a shank, boneless, canned.

If your just wanting one from the grocery store, Cumberland and Cooks both have pretty good semi-boneless hams, normally they are whole though and you would have lots of leftovers.

Hillshire Farms has the spiral and brown sugar glazed, which are ok.

We normally don't get a spiral sliced one as I thought they sorta dry out while cooking. But, that just coulda been me. Plus, my husband has to always make his brown sugar glaze.

If you like canned ham Hormel Black label is a good one, my dad loved those. I'm not a canned ham fan though.


Smithfield, I had once and was really smoky, but it was a whole ham. Nothing fancy like spiral sliced or anything.

Kentucky Legend, which are ok hams too.

I can't remember any other brands we have locally that I've had.

Good luck with whichever type of ham you get.
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  Old  November 16th, 2007, 9:46am     #10
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i buy a smithfield,agree that i find the spiral sliced dry out more.not a fan of the kind that come with a glaze,last year i bought one and didn't like the flavor.i usually get about a 7 lber if i'm also having turkey,cut off half the fat,score it,bake it,then baste it with a mix of honey and brown sugar twice during the last hour
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  Old  November 17th, 2007, 6:27pm     #11
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Originally Posted by daskds
I find that all the ones I have made have been about the same except for the Honey Baked ones. I saw a show in Food Network about how they are made - very special process.

I do not like the sugar coating so I leave it off. I do not pay for the spiral sliced. For some reason they charge like a buck more per pound than the regular sliced hams. I don't see the need. But that is just me.

I saw a couple of recipes that said a bone in 7 pound ham will have 10-12 servings.

Check out this site:

http://www.abouteating.com/ham.shtml
I don't like honeyed hams either, but that's just me. I will say that I worked with a guy that worked for a Honey Baked Ham store when he was a teen and what he told me put me off of Honey Baked Ham forever. He said that they used galoshes on their feet because there was so much ham slices and goop on the floor. I was grossed out. I usually buy a Cook's Butt portion ham (more meat, I've found). I usually buy about 7-8 lbs. and that's sufficient for about 10 people along with side dishes, etc.
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  Old  November 17th, 2007, 6:59pm     #12
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We usually buy the John Morrell 33 percent reduced sodium ham, the bone in shank one. We like the taste and then I use the bone to make a split pea soup.

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  Old  November 21st, 2007, 6:55am     #13
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  Old  November 21st, 2007, 11:14am     #14
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When I bake hams, I really enjoy the Smithfield brand of hams. To me, they have a nice rich flavor.

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  Old  November 21st, 2007, 12:18pm     #15
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I (and my family) love HoneyBaked Hams. Yummy!

There is a store closeby...we enjoy them every couple of months when everyone is over for one of those Football Sundays.

We're having turkey and a HoneyBaked Ham tomorrow for our big crowd!
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