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ISO Easter Ham - not too smoky..not too salty..

Quattrociocchi Apr 12, 2011 09:23 AM

I'm cooking Easter dinner for my family this year and want to make ham instead of the usual turkey (there might be a rebellion).

I bought a spiral ham from Costco several years ago and found it too smoky and salty....really wasn't happy with it. Can any Ham Experts out there give me a lead on a good one? Bone in or boneless?


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    eatrustic RE: Quattrociocchi Apr 13, 2011 04:10 AM

    No info yet? I'm also looking for a nice ham and wonder if we have any exceptional versions in Vancouver. I want the full bone-in and skin on style that I can glaze up after a nice slow couple of hours of cooking (at that point the skin comes off of course).

    Most of the small hams that you find at Safeway and IGA wouldn't be suitable for this and look like they have a high water content.
    I'm actually more excited about the leftovers for sandwiches, soups, breakfasts, potato gratins, etc. than the dinner itself!

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      waver RE: eatrustic Apr 13, 2011 08:10 AM

      Oyama in the Granville Island market does a great ham. Swedish they say it is. We've had it a few times for Easter and everyone loves it. The texture is completely different from Safeway ham's delimeatishness. Can't remember if there's bone though. Not too smoky but definitely salty, but I think that's the thing.

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        Philx RE: waver Apr 13, 2011 11:27 AM

        These guys have two kinds of natural ham which are not highly processed; one costs about twice as much as the other; don't recall the differences but we had the cheaper one a couple of years ago and it was quite tasty. Call them for more details if you are interested. Also Cioffi and Columbus Meats probably have some product.


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          billpeg RE: waver Apr 8, 2012 10:27 PM

          Just wanting to second the Oyama recommendation for Vancouver BC food lovers.

          I'm posting this in case others are wondering about fresh vs smoked. Sometimes poking around the net leads to more questions than answers.

          Snagged a 4.2 kg fresh (uncooked & not smoked), lightly cured Swedish ham from Oyama on Granville Island. It was rolled and tied, with no bone. Was a little skittish once I learned it was raw, but my trepidation was not warranted.

          Scored it and slatered it with a mixture of maple syrup, dijon, soy, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and let it sit overnight.

          Added some beer and roasted in a large covered cast iron pot for about 4 hours at 300. Removed at 150 F. Took off the twine, cut off the rind, leaving a fair amount of fat. Seasoned the rind and placed in the oven to snap, crackle and pop for about 15 mins to make crackling. Watch your hands when you remove, and blot very well before your give everyone a little pre dinner treat.

          Made a simple apricot jam & honey mix and glazed the fat of the ham, and broiled. (totally optional but yet another flavour hit)

          Strained the pan juices and boiled down to about 25% of original volume while meat rested. Very nice sauce. Completely unnecessary but a nice touch

          Family was impressed. Salt balance was very good. Moist beyond compare. This is the way to eat ham!

          Thanks for the posts and the discussion.

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            eatrustic RE: billpeg Apr 9, 2012 04:08 AM

            Thank you for the info! I'm definitely putting this on my list and it won't wait till next Easter!

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              waver RE: eatrustic Apr 9, 2012 02:57 PM

              Yay, we did another Swedish ham this year and it was great. 5kg. I did not bother with any kind of glaze or anything, just cooked for 5 hours. The only problem is that is was too darn big and we'll be eating it for years... Next year I'll get a half size : )

      2. LotusRapper RE: Quattrociocchi Apr 13, 2011 11:54 AM

        I've bought ham a few times from Windsor Meats on Main @ King Edward. Was pleased every time.

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          Quattrociocchi RE: LotusRapper Apr 13, 2011 06:20 PM

          I'll give Windsor a try - they're in my neighbourhood, and I would really like to support those little independant guys. Thanks for the suggestions.

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            LotusRapper RE: Quattrociocchi Apr 13, 2011 07:59 PM

            IIRC they have two types. Just ask what's available.

        2. waver RE: Quattrociocchi May 1, 2011 09:02 PM

          Just thought I'd report back on our Easter ham this year. I was in charge of cooking but not buying a spiral cut ham from Costco and it was totally horrid. Will definitely shoulder some of the blame for not understanding how to cook it, but not sure there was much potential there to start with. Salty and dry. I think next year we'll either go back to Oyama or move on to lamb...

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            Quattrociocchi RE: waver May 2, 2011 06:47 AM

            Don't give up on ham just yet! I ordered a ham from Windsor Meats on Main St. and everyone thought it was fantastic. I'll be doing it again next year (or sooner...the kids are already requesting more..)

            By the way LR, the only had one type of ham this year.

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