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Taylor Ham (aka pork roll)?

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Can anyone tell me where I might buy Taylor Ham in the greater Hartford or Pioneer Valley area? It's available everywhere where I'm from (central NJ), but its range doesn't seem to extend this far north....

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  1. Not a direct answer, but Heath's Market in Center Harbor, NH on Lake Winnipesaukee has it, so it can be had in the north. Taylors takes me back over 50 years to the boardwalk in Atlantic City ( before gambling) and the Taylors Pork Roll Restaurant. Wooden benches and the Pork Roll grilled over an open fire.

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    1. re: Karl

      For the curious and uninformed among us, just what is this Taylor Ham/Pork Roll??

      Anything called Pork Roll immediately gets my attention.

      1. re: Dave B

        What funny timing! I JUST tried this, the last wkend in June - a bunch of friends got together in NH, and the "Jersey girl" among us brought some, along w/the cheese & hard rolls to go along w/it. It was yummy and I've been looking for it.

        Dave, it's somewhere between bologna & summer sausage, you cut thick slices, pan fry them, and put them on a roll w/cheese.

        1. re: Jane

          Yeah, that's it. Not exactly on the healthful list but it is salty and fatty...it's all good.

          1. re: Karl

            A little web searching brought up plenty of information.

            Information, history and mail order: http://www.jerseyporkroll.com/

            From their site:

            "Taylor ham is the common name for pork roll, a food developed by John Taylor of Trenton, New Jersey, late in the 19th century.
            Taylor is the brand name for pork roll made by Taylor Provisions, Inc., of Trenton. Taylor also manufactures pork roll under the Trenton brand. Trenton by Taylor has been an advertiser on the outfield wall at Mercer County Waterfront Park in Trenton since it opened in 1994. Other companies making pork roll include Kohler Provisions and Loeffler Gourmet.

            The product is generally eaten sliced and grilled, like Canadian bacon. A slice fits neatly on a round roll, and it is frequently eaten as part of a breakfast sandwich, most often also including egg and cheese.

            Pork roll generally comes in one-, three-, and six-pound sizes, as well as six-ounce boxes containing eight single-thickness slices or four double-thickness slices. The product is seldom available for retail or restaurant sale outside of New Jersey and adjoining areas like Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. However, a message board posting in 2004 showed that Taylor ham had been located at a supermarket in Valdosta, Georgia. There are also marketers selling pork roll on the Internet and shipping it around the United States."

            I tried to call Taylor Provisions to ask if Pork Roll was shipped into New Hampshire, but no one answered.... not even voicemail.

            And, another Internet seller of Pork Roll http://www.porkrollxpress.com/

            1. re: Dave B

              Super info, thanks. I've got to get my hands on some of this stuff.

              1. re: squid-kun

                Taylor used to put out their pork roll product in a strip version to resemble bacon;Taylor Taste Strips I believe they were called but I can't find them anymore.

              2. re: Dave B
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                Harry Rockwell

                Being from NJ and very familair with Taylor Ham. I looked for it in FL when I moved here in 1994. About 1996 I found it available on the East cost in Publix Super Markets. Since then I have been able to buy it in the Sebring area Publix Markets for about 6 or 7 years.

            2. re: Jane

              Thanks Chowhounds! I grew up in Jersey and on Taylor Ham aka pork roll...nothing like pork roll on a toasted English muffin with cheese and ketchup!!!! Now in my 23rd year of living in New Hampshire I was always relagated to buying it in Jersey on visits, freezing it, and driving it back to NH. How utterly delightful to see that I might get it in Center Harbor, NH. Anyone know if it's available in the Nashua/Manchester area, or even Maine (driving up to Bangor this weekend)?? My mom who is now in Florida (Daytona area) can get it there, so go figure!

              1. re: Jane

                Thanks Chowhounds! I grew up in Jersey and on Taylor Ham aka pork roll...nothing like pork roll on a toasted English muffin with cheese and ketchup!!!! Now in my 23rd year of living in New Hampshire I was always relagated to buying it in Jersey on visits, freezing it, and driving it back to NH. How utterly delightful to see that I might get it in Center Harbor, NH. Anyone know if it's available in the Nashua/Manchester area, or even Maine (driving up to Bangor this weekend)?? My mom who is now in Florida (Daytona area) can get it there, so go figure!

                1. re: Kathy

                  I worked in a deli in Eastchester,NY (NYC suburb) in the 70s and we always had Taylor Pork Roll. Not a big seller, but certain people who knew about it bought it regularly. I don't remember anyone asking for thick slices. This is the first time I've heard about it since then.

          2. West Side Market in Rocky Hill has carried taylor ham in the past. I'd call them to see if they still have it.

            1. My family moved to Cape Cod from N.J. when I was just a baby but relatives always arrived with Taylor Ham. Now, the Stop and Shop in Orleans carries it so I can get it local....don't know if they all do. My brother, in N.C. has tried the porkrollexpress mail order and says it's great! There's nothing like it!

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                Matthew Kravitz

                Bennies Market in Essex usually carries it.

                1. Shop Rite in Meriden/Wallingford Ct carries it and their own store brand version-both taste great and come in sliced or whole versions.