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Dec 20, 2010 06:00 AM

Spiral Cut Ham: Trader Joes, Costco or Sam's Club

Need to purchase a spiral cut ham for the family potluck/gathering on Christmas day. Need to feed 10 so how big a ham do I need? Also any thoughts on taste - I have Trader Joes, Costco or Sam's Club nearby - who sells the best tasting ham in your opinion? Thanks!

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  1. The best tasting by far is Harrington's of Vermont. We get one every year!!

    1. Tried TJ's uncured ham last yr, rather bland. In the San Francisco Bay Area Costco stores the spiral ham is made by Niman Ranch. if your local Costco has Niman, that's the one to buy.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Wanted to add that the Niman Ranch hams I saw at Costco are labelled Niman, not Kirkland.

        Last yr we wound up with 2 Honeybaked hams. Not a fan.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          the costco one (niman ranch) - does it have a bone? i have a honeybaked ham on reserve, but if i find a Costco ham that is bone-in, maybe i'll cancel that, since a lot of you are saying it's good....

          1. re: mariacarmen

            Most of the people in this thread are talking about Costco's Kirkland brand, not Niman Ranch.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              thanks, but what i really want to know is if the Costco ham, whichever it is, is bone-in....

              1. re: mariacarmen

                I don't know about the Niman Ranch, as I haven't seen it at our Costco but the Kirkland spiral cut ham does have a bone.

      2. Are the 10 guests big eaters? Will any of them eat a pound of ham by themselves? Is there a HoneyBaked Ham store in your area? You might consider them. I think a 10# (12 at the most)ham should be sufficient given the fact that the bone weighs a couple of pounds. That would leave you with about 8 pounds of meat for 10 people.

        1. We usually buy any of locally made hams but one year we did a Kirkland (costco) spiral ham and people raved about it. I'm not sure how many it would feed though because we had a bunch of other stuff.

          1. Just this morning I picked up two lovely "Smithfield" spiral-cut hams from our local Walmart. (Here in VA, "Smithfield" is THE last name in ham - lol!). Anyway, they were very reasonable, & I picked up 2 to donate to our local food pantry. So if you come across the "Smithfield" brand, don't hesitate to give it a try.

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            1. re: Breezychow

              Smithfield is a brand that I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole.

              Niman Ranch pigs are humanely raised, and are darned good hams! If you can find them at Costco, then all the better.

              1. re: cheesemonger

                I won't buy Smithfield products or Niman, but for different reasons. I've just never had a Niman product with good moisture and flavor.