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Christmas Ham Source in East Bay

elglads Dec 1, 2011 02:37 PM

Any recommendations on where to find a nice ham for Christmas dinner? We'll probably need only a half ham (feeding about 8 people). I'd prefer hormone free, antibiotic free, etc. Oakland/Berkeley area best, but wiling to take a drive.

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    wally RE: elglads Dec 1, 2011 02:57 PM

    It might be expensive and not East Bay but give Fatted Calf a call.

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      zfalcon RE: elglads Dec 1, 2011 04:14 PM

      Not sure if it's hormone/antibiotic free, but if you are looking for a city ham the Costco Kirkland spiral hams are pretty good, especially for the price. If you want a country ham, you can often find Smithfield hams in Chinese supermarkets or meat markets, as Smithfields are fairly similar to chinese jinhua hams.

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        wolfe RE: zfalcon Dec 1, 2011 04:55 PM

        Are Smithfields hormone, antibiotic free?

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          zfalcon RE: zfalcon Dec 2, 2011 06:21 AM

          I just happened to go to Costco yesterday, and the Kirkland ham they have is Niman Ranch hormone/antibiotic free. 3.99 a pound.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: zfalcon Dec 2, 2011 08:48 AM

            Niman is really good. Trader Joe's sometimes has big pieces around the holidays.

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            paulj RE: zfalcon Dec 2, 2011 09:19 AM

            By 'Smithfield' you mean a dry cured country ham, right? They require special preparation - scrubbing the mold off, soaking to remove excess salt, boiling etc.

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              GH1618 RE: paulj Dec 3, 2011 05:56 PM

              It's only a Smithfield if it comes from Smithfield, Virginia.

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                paulj RE: GH1618 Dec 3, 2011 06:35 PM

                Not to be confused with Smithfield Foods, which processes a lot of pork that is not 'country hams'.

                There are lots of good dry cured hams that are not produced in Smithfield.

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            GH1618 RE: elglads Dec 2, 2011 09:13 AM

            Their website doesn't say, but you might call and ask:


            This is in Oakland near the Amtrack station.

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