by Khulan on Mar 22, 2018

All About Ham

All About Ham

Hams are made in many different ways, it also has multiple varieties. Cured ham or smoked ham? Boneless or Bone-in ham? It might be quite confusing. Don't worry, we've got you covered. Read on to understand ham better!


What is Ham?

Ham is a leg cut from a hog that has been preserved by wet or dry curing, with or without smoking. As a processed meat, the term "ham" includes both whole cuts of meat and ones that have been formed mechanically.

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Interesting Facts

  1. Eating ham on a regular basis contributes to iron and zinc intake.
  2. Smoked hams lose about 25% of their weight during the smoking process.
  3. Some ham lovers, look for ham made from the left leg of a pig, as it is more tender than the right leg. Why you may ask? Well, a pig scratches itself with its dominant right leg, which uses the muscles more often, so the meat will be tougher.

Main types

Fresh ham  Raw rear legs of a pig; Fresh hams have the same colour and texture as a fresh uncooked pork roast and must be cooked before eating, it turns greyish white when cooked.
Cured ham - Preserved ham; Curing can be done either by dry-curing in a salt rub or soaked in a brine and hung to dry. These hams are deep rose or pink in colour and ready-to-eat. Cured ham meats gain increased resistance to bacteria and spoilage.
Cured and smoked ham - These hams are cured first then smoked.

What About Canned Hams? They are made out of scraps of ham meat with added gelatin that is pressed together into the can. The taste and texture suffer, so it's best to avoid canned hams altogether.

Considerations

Shank end or butt end?
Hams can weigh up to 15 pounds, so they are cut into two pieces and sold separately. The butt end (often labelled the sirloin end) is leaner but has trickier bones to deal known as the aitchbone. The shank end contains a higher ratio of fat and only has one long, straight bone.

Whole or spiral-cut?
A whole ham will remain moister than one that's pre-cut. However, a properly cooked spiral-cut ham is very convenient since it's already cut into thin slices that just need to be cut away from the bone. While spiral-cut is much easier, if you want to have big chunks of ham, go with a whole.

Boneless or Bone-in?
Boneless ham is easier to serve but Bone-in hams are traditionally considered more elegant. Bone-in hams are available in a variety of shapes – whole or as a shank or butt half. This type of ham has a superior taste and texture because the natural muscles, fat and bones are undisturbed.

These being said if you are in for a fine ham, we highly recommend Joselito!



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Joselito Ham might just be the best ham in the world. Joselito is a culinary treasure in Spain offering a variety of the finest hams. With mouth-watering flavours, textures and scents it is definitely a luxury not to miss. Can something this delicious be good for you? Yes! Joselito hams are 100% natural. The high content of oleic acid and natural antioxidant can help reduce cholesterol and triglycerides. Grasp this unforgettable experience at HK$808 and up.

Pig out!