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Dec 24, 2008 07:06 AM

Best Tasting Supermarket Ham For Baking

I have not made that many hams in my kitchen but plan on making one. Which brands do you like at the supermarket? There are so many to choose from that I can't decide. I looked at one called a steamship roast ham that you carve yourself. Has anyone ever made one? I want to get it at Shaws if possible. Thanks.

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  1. I have always liked Carando, they make honey baked or hickory smoked but honestly they both taste pretty much the same...nice flavor and pretty moist.

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    1. re: bakerboyz

      I second Carando's, spiral cut honey baked ham.

    2. I always buy the Roche Bros. in gold foil - not too salty with a very tasty glaze.

      1. Cooks Illustrated rated them a couple of years ago and liked both Carrando and Cooks brands (both available at Star/ Shaws. They highly recommend the use of an oven bag for keeping it moist (and it makes cleanup easier).

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        1. re: cpingenot

          That is interesting about the oven bag. Do you think you can cook it in one of those electric rival turkey roasters? If you can will it still be easy to glaze towards the end of the cooking? The ham I was looking at was Carrando and I was not quite sure but thanks for all of the help!

          1. re: macadamianut

            After years of cooking Carando, the lure of a very low priced Cook's ham prompted me to switch. Cooked it in the plastic bag the way I always cook turkey, skipped the scary looking premade glaze in favor of Barefoot Contessa's ham glaze and it was pronounced the very best ever, high praise from a very finicky husband. Still moaning in ecstacy over the left overs. I think I've switch permanently.

        2. i like Cooks, i Hate the spiral sliced things.
          i also soak it in a milk bath over night.

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            1. re: ScubaSteve

              What exactly does the milk bath do for it?

              1. re: SSqwerty

                It should make it less salty. It might plump it up too as some of the liquids from the milk would be pulled into the meat by osmotic action.

                I always have really liked the Niman Ranch petite hams- available at Whole Foods and worth the premium price, in my opinion.

                1. re: Parsnipity

                  and the change in texture i like, more like a Country Ham.