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soccermom13 Jan 9, 2011 08:31 AM

Where can I purchase smoked country ham in MSP? I want slices or small pieces for soup and other dishes, NOT a whole ham.

Thanks very much.

  1. Michael Florey Jan 10, 2011 01:51 PM

    Surdyk's cheese shop carries the smoked mini hams from Fra'mani. They are about 2 pounds, boneless, and are extremely high quality. I cut up a part of one today and threw it into split pea soup for lunch. Fra'mani is one of the very top salumi producers in the country.

    Also you can order ham slices,e tc. from the Nueske's website. Their pork products are quite good.

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      pmikulay Jan 11, 2011 08:27 AM

      I buy smoked ham hocks from everett's on 38th and cedar in minneapolis for soup they smoke them there great for soup

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        Kilgore Jan 11, 2011 03:46 PM

        Are you looking for small pieces of a salt-cured country ham? If you were look
        Ing for a whole one, I'd suggest Costco. I know they sell whole country hams down south. As for small pieces, I've seen them in sold in Piggly Wiggly stores down there, but have no clue where to find them here.

        If you're just looking for smaller pieces of a "regular" smoked ham. I buy Cooks ham steaks for that purpose.

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          sandylc Jan 11, 2011 07:08 PM

          I have never seen real country ham this far north.

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            soccermom13 Jan 16, 2011 06:27 AM

            Thanks, everyone. Yes, I am looking for real smoked country ham---the kind you can get down south.

            Does anyone know if the ham Michael suggested (Fra'mani from Syrdyk's) is somewhat similar? I want to use this in very small quantities for pea soup, scalloped potatoes, and in other dishes where ham is present in small quantity for flavoring purposes.

            Thank you.

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              stpaulbreadman Feb 18, 2011 08:28 AM

              Fisher farms has fabulous fabulous smoked ham. Great for dinner, sandwhiches, and I used mine for split pea soup also. You can buy a whole one directly from the farm or from golden fig in St Paul on Grand.

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            keg Feb 18, 2011 02:39 PM

            Fra Mani is not a "country ham" nor is the Fischer Farm product. They do not require presoaking to reduce salinity as the country ham you're referring to does. I would look into mail order. They definitely travel well and do not require refrigeration as they're shelf stable.

            Some of the co-ops carry hams that have not been denuded of cover fat. They are "naturally cured" meaning no sodium nitrate, have spent at least one week in the pickle (brine), and are smoked with real wood. All in all delicious. local, and clean (no pharmaceuticals or chemical cures). They're not as red as a country ham gets, which is a function of the salt curing process.

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              tyrus Mar 3, 2011 06:45 AM

              I typically find a traditional smoked country ham way too salty for the applications you're describing (soup, scalloped dishes, etc) and haven't seen it here for sale in slices. Perhaps a La Quercia prosciutto would work in its place? I've found individual packages at the Wedge, which is a great single use serving.

              On the other hand, if you're looking for a decent smoked ham that's a few notches better than those Cook's cryo'd ham slices from the grocery store, head over to Finer Meats (3747 Nicollet - (612) 823-4494). They have their own smoke room and always have ham available - as well as other smoked meats. I usually buy a nice hunk of it (they'll slice it as well) for bean soups and other dishes. It's not overly salty nor smoky - just enough and the price can't be beat. I can't remember what they charge per lb but the last time I bought a chunk of it, I think I paid $2-3 or something. I really couldn't believe it. I actually bought a Christmas ham from them (1/2 ham) and it was great. Highly recommend this product.

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                Josie Mar 3, 2011 08:24 AM

                I second the Finer's ham recommendation.

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                  soccermom13 Mar 6, 2011 02:37 AM

                  Tyrus and Josie,

                  Thanks for the Finer Meats tip---I got a ham there and it was delicious! I also got and froze for later a 7-bone beef roast. I have had a great deal of trouble finding these in MSP.

                  My vote for worst potholes in MSP goes to NIcollet Ave between Lake Street and 38th! WOW!

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                  karykat Mar 6, 2011 07:55 AM

                  This is an excellent thread.

                  I got lots of good ideas here.

                  And now I have a craving for good ham!

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