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Oct 17, 2006 01:29 PM

Ham bone

If a ham and bean soup calls for a ham bone - does it mean the bone that you would get from a big ham like you would serve for Easter or ham hocks.

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  1. you can use either--the difference in flavor will be the smokiness from the hocks. The ham bone will lend a more delicate, sweet flavor to the beans. Both are soooo good.

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    1. re: toodie jane

      The ham bone (which is basically the hip joint) will also provide more gelatin and thus body to the soup.

    2. They mean the bone. You can sub a hock if need be.
      I always save mine when I do hams or smoke shoulders.