What is a gammon joint?
I know this is a UK term. I'd like to know what cut is equivalent to the gammon joint. I saw on one other post that a picnic shoulder is the same thing. Can anyone else verify that?
according to thepigsite.com (a website for the global pig industry) it is a ham joint which has been cured like bacon. It is different from a bacon joint in that it is a different cut, although a bacon joint can be used as a lower quality alternative. Gammon can be smoked or unsmoked. I don't think shoulder is typically used.
It is a cured cut from the hind leg. It can be used in Ireland and the U.K. in a boiled dinner of bacon, cabbage and potato. My Mom called it "a joint", "a piece of bacon" or "boiling bacon" although boiling bacon isn't exclusively a gammon joint - confusing, I know. I'm not a butcher but I think this is what is called a ham shank in the U.S.
This article from the Delia website discusses the issue of the incorrect use of "gammon" and "bacon joint" interchangebly. http://www.deliaonline.com/ingredient...
And more here http://www.readersdigest.co.uk/food/1...
Whatever it is called, it is delicious.
Gammon is an old word for ham. You can see the connection in the French word for ham, jambon (soft j) or the Spanish word for ham, jamon (say the j like an h).