Where can I find an excellent Virginia ham in the Toronto area? I am looking for something that I can slice and serve cold for an outdoor party in September.
You may have to go outside the city. Like, to Virginia. It's gonna be tough around these parts.
Doubtful you'll find anything approaching that type of cure around the GTA. You will get nice quality smoked hams and possibly dry cured hams from Quebec. Start talking to the quality butchers around Toronto. I've never seen an ugly, mouldy Smithfield ham around the GTA.
I can't say I've ever seen it up here. Edwards ships to high-end delis across the US - they're probably the most likely to be sweet-talked into cross-border shipping. But honestly, unless this is a money-is-no-object-when-it-comes-to-authenticity situation, I'd just go with a nice prosciutto or serrano ham you can buy locally. :)
Maybe someone can add confirmation and a name to the following. There was a Chinese butcher on the West side of Spadine north of Dundas that had real Virginia hams. The only problem for me was you had to buy the whole ham which was more ham than I needed and too much money.
There are two places I know that do excellent non chemical preserved virginia like ham. ( If that makes sense!)
Let me try again! A hungarian delecatessen in Bloor West village on the North side of Bloor close to Beresford cures and make several types of ham on the premises. One is called "Grandma's ham which is superb and has no chemical preservatives. It is Virginia-like. ( They probably have Virginia ham too.)
In similar vein on Roncesvalles, East side, close to Fermanagh, there is a polish delecatessen. There you ask for "the ham with no preservative" ! It has no other name. They also probably do a more commerrcial Virginia ham.
I listed these two in order of prefernce. Sorry I can't remember the names of either but I hope the locations are specific enough for you to have success.