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Apr 5, 2007 01:44 PM

Fresh ham in Diamond Bar/OC area?

I've been assigned Nigella's ham in coke for Easter dinner. The recipe calls for a bone-in fresh ham. I called Ralph's meat department and was told that there is no such thing as a fresh ham - all ham is smoked and cured. They said that a fresh ham would basically be a pork butt/leg or pork shoulder. Now I'm confused.

Is there anywhere I can pick up a 'fresh' ham in the San Gabriel Valley/OC area?

Here's the link for the ham in coke:

edited to add:

Any suggestions on where I can find pomogranate molasses? I've tried Cost Plus and Trader Joes, neither carry it.

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  1. If you are cooking for those times, it is probably a fresh leg. Ham denotes a cooked/smoked product.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Burger Boy

      Why would a non-smoked/cooked ham would be salty? The instruction said:

      "If you know that you're dealing with a salty ham, put it in a pan covered with cold water, bring to the boil and then tip into a colander in the sink and start from here"

      1. re: notmartha

        True, but it says diet cook is sugary, i think there are misprints.

        1. re: notmartha

          I think she meant cooked ham, fresh would not be called ham usually, you would refer to the leg or hind portion, etc. But who knows, get a Farmer John ham and go to town, makes sense since you are simmering, i did not see the simmer, just cook for 2 1/2 hours. Have fun and let us know how it tasted.

      2. Jons Markets usally carry that.

        Vermont & Hollywood Blvd.

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        1. re: Burger Boy

          Thanks! I called Jon's Market in Westminster. They knew exactly what I was talking about.

          1. re: brandnewuser

            we just moved to o.c. and am looking for this type of ham! thanks for the info on markets!!

        2. Pomegranate molasses is a common middle eastern ingredient. Wholesome Choice in Irvine carries no less than ten brands. Super Irvine is another Persian supermarket across town. Both will have it.

          1. Just down the 57 from Diamond Bar, you might want to try:

            Gem Meats and Produce
            3125 Yorba Linda Boulevard
            Fullerton, CA 92831-2307
            (714) 996-3363