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cgj Mar 15, 2011 08:55 AM

I need a ham for about 10 people for this Saturday. Where should I go?

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  1. GretchenS RE: cgj Mar 15, 2011 10:04 AM

    I'd order from Nueske's, never found anything half as good around here.

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      scotty27 RE: GretchenS Mar 15, 2011 02:17 PM

      Second on Nueske's. I just ordered pork from Snake River Farms this morning. Kurobata style. Pricey, but amazing: www.snakeriverfarms.com

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        StriperGuy RE: scotty27 Mar 15, 2011 02:22 PM

        I hear they have Snake River Farms ham at Formaggio.

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          9lives RE: StriperGuy Mar 15, 2011 02:25 PM

          They're too overpriced at FK..:)

          Seriously, I bought American Waygu Beef from SRF and it was fantastic.

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            almansa RE: StriperGuy Mar 15, 2011 03:05 PM

            I have SRF ham quite often (serve it for staff meals), and it's nice, but not mind-blowing by any means. I'd say it's on a par with North Country. Their pork is decent for fans of Berkshire, but I smoked a butt side by side with duroc last summer and preferred the latter by quite a bit - for both porkiness and abundant fat. The SRF bellies are great, though.

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              scotty27 RE: almansa Mar 15, 2011 03:41 PM

              I bought a collar today.

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                almansa RE: scotty27 Mar 15, 2011 04:20 PM

                You're making me excited for the mangalitsa collar I have coming tomorrow or Thursday.

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                  scotty27 RE: almansa Mar 15, 2011 04:51 PM

                  Where did you buy it? How will you cook it? I'm thinking a pan sear or grilled followed by a 200 degree braise for many hours.

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                    almansa RE: scotty27 Mar 16, 2011 04:50 AM

                    I'm restaurant industry, so I got it from my purveyor. I also ordered strip loin, tenderloin, belly and butt. I was going to do a 200 degree roast over hardwood for many hours after an overnight cure. With the next one I'll make coppa.

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                      scotty27 RE: almansa Mar 16, 2011 07:40 AM

                      Very cool. I get some good cuts at Tropical Foods in Dudley, too--For lowdown, backyard fun.

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                      greenstate RE: scotty27 Mar 16, 2011 06:47 PM

                      Is a collar the same cut as a butt or shoulder and if not, is it cooked in the same way - low and slow?

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                  cgj RE: almansa Mar 16, 2011 08:53 AM

                  Yes, that is more what I have in mind, thanks.

          2. almansa RE: cgj Mar 15, 2011 10:45 AM

            I love Niman's Jambon Royale from WFM! And never use exclamation points. It's rather dry and tastes great. And for more of a city ham I'm a fan of Vermont Smoke & Cure, also available at WFM.

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              itaunas RE: almansa Mar 15, 2011 11:40 AM

              I was just served the Niman's Jambon Royale by a family member and agree its nice. I find a lot of their stuff on the lean side and its leaner than European hams, but overall it had more marbling than I expected and had a nice fat rind on it. I think it was purchased from Russo's which would probably be more economical than WFM, but give them a call before making a trip. Formaggio has some wonderful boiled hams too.

              I am guessing the OP is looking for something along the lines of almansa's suggestions, but if you are looking for a dry cured ham there are some other options. Lord Jeff's in Newmarket reguarly has country ham (not from a boutique producer), Courthouse Fish Market right now has 2 portuguese-style presuntos (dry cured and smoked, with a heavy amount of paprika) which are a good size for your group (smaller than I have bought from them in the past), and for a domestic proscuitto Market Basket has been carrying Vlado's which is decent (made in RI with Iowa hogs). The country ham obviously has the easiest step to something to serve for a crowd, the others you'll have to slice very thin to serve raw and get a bit inventive from there to use more parts of the ham but that can be the fun part of it.

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                barleywino RE: itaunas Mar 15, 2011 11:46 AM

                where can you get iberico bellota, besides Formaggio?

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                  itaunas RE: barleywino Mar 15, 2011 11:52 AM

                  Las Ventas in the South End, not certain where else beyond there.

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                    barleywino RE: itaunas Mar 15, 2011 01:30 PM

                    thanks!

            2. StriperGuy RE: cgj Mar 15, 2011 01:38 PM

              These guys sell and ship amazing country hams at VERY reasonable prices:

              www.newsomscountryham.com

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                marais RE: StriperGuy Mar 16, 2011 05:16 PM

                If only the OP didn't have to get a ham for this Saturday! Otherwise IMHO this is the Holy Grail of country ham:

                http://bentonscountryhams2.com/

                Otherwise I'd punt for city ham, currently the Niman ham from WFM works for me.

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                  StriperGuy RE: marais Mar 16, 2011 06:51 PM

                  I've heard of Benton's, have you tried Col. Newsom's which I posted above. How do they compare?

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                somervilleoldtimer RE: cgj Jul 4, 2011 07:40 PM

                What is Neuske's?

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