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Nov 16, 2006 07:11 PM

Ham Bones in San Diego?

So, I grew up just down the street from a store that sold honey-cured hams. Buying a ham bone for soup, to me, is not that weird a thing to do. Yesterday I went to Whole Foods and asked the butcher if they had any ham bones, and he looked at me like I was crazy. So... does anyone know if there are any ham stores in the La Jolla/San Diego area that might sell some, or have any other suggestions of places where I'll get fewer weird looks?

All I want is to make my mom's split pea soup recipe...

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  1. Keil's often has them. The closest one to you is the one in Clairmont. Also try Sisel's on Ashton, just off Morena Blvd. in the Bay Park area.

    1. Joy of Cooking calls for "ham hocks" for pea soup, which have a bit of meat on them as well as some bone. I've found them at Albertson's and Ralph's at various times.

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      1. re: Joseph

        Those are sorry excuses for real ham hocks. Very little meat and not especially good flavors. Usually if you look at the label they are called "smoked pork hocks." Real ham hocks used to be available at Sausage King. I have not been there since reading about the founder's death, so I am not sure of the status now. I don't mean to sound bitchy, but my maternal grandparents were German, and I grew up eating the real thing. Trust me, an excellent hock can give a huge kettle of soup rich, deep, smoky, and hammy flavors. Yum.


      2. I make bean soup for new year's and have used a slice of ham from Trader Joe's (it's about the right amount). If I get there in time (by New Year's eve they are sold out) there is a sandwich place on the corner of Rosecran's and Midway - the same mall that Henry's is located but closer to the Midway street - that freezes their ham bones after slicing off most of the ham for sandwiches. They sell it just for this purpose. I hope they are still there as I am counting on them for this year's soup.

        1. You could go to Tip Top meats in Carlsbad, near the flower fields and the c-bad outlet mall. I've seen there them before.

          6118 Paseo Del Norte
          Carlsbad, CA 92009-1116
          +1 760 438 2620

          1. Well, reflecting your original post back at you, how about the Honey Baked Ham stores? They sell sandwiches and sliced ham, etc., so I'd bet they have bones, too. There's a store on Genessee, just north of Balboa, one in La Mesa on Jackson Dr., just south of I-8, and I'm sure there are several others. Good luck.
            . . . jim strain in san diego.