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Where Can I Find A Niman Ranch Ham Steak in SF?

JudiAU Oct 1, 2012 09:31 AM

Our family has been ham steak deficient since Niman Ranch stopped distributing to Trader Joes. I can't find the ham steak anywhere in Los Angeles. My calls/email to Niman Ranch have not been returned.My local options are Applegate (merely okay but sustainable) or Neuske (excellent ham steak but conventional). Niman Ranch split the difference and frankly, I am really really annoyed.

The last time I was in SF I did spot the ham steak, which I had assumed was discontinued at the Berkely Bowl. Bur Mr. JudiAU had a big fit when I planned to carry an enourmous bag of ham steaks into Chez Panisse for our tenth anniversary dinner. Seriously, what says love and commitment more than make ample provisions for your future together? And yes, he now very much regrets it.

Ideally a local near the Ferry Building would be great. We always fly random meat and charcuterie home from the market so we'll have ice packs and the like. And thankfully, never a problem with the TSA.

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    kittle Feb 6, 2013 01:07 PM

    Hi, this is kind of late but I bought one at Bristol Farms here recently--on sale! Don't know if you have that store in the Bay Area though. In the meantime, for the last few years we have been getting poultry from Rainbow Ranch Farms in Pinon Hills, CA (other side of San Bernardino Mtns.) Just added pork and beef to our order this time and ham steaks were included. You could check out a local sustainable farm in your area; I found RR Farms on localharvest.com.

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    1. re: kittle
      wolfe Feb 6, 2013 01:24 PM

      Bristol Farms conveniently located in the Westfield Center with Nordstrom and M.Y. China among other shops.and restaurants near Union Square and a BART Station.

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      Spenbald Dec 19, 2012 09:44 PM

      Pretty sure Andronico's on Irving has them. We usually grab one to chop up into mac & cheese.

      1. JoyM Oct 26, 2012 10:49 AM

        I saw Niman Ranch ham a few days ago at Mollie Stones.

        1. JoyM Oct 1, 2012 03:44 PM

          Good Life (Bernal Heights and Potrero Hill) always has them, but that may be too out of your way. Have you tried Framani Ham -- they sell it at Whole Foods. Even better than Niman Ranch, IMHO.

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            JudiAU Oct 1, 2012 03:49 PM

            I like framani a lot and we do buy it for sandwiches but I need something that is a basic ham steak for things like fried rice or breakfast..

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              j mather Oct 1, 2012 10:10 PM

              I can't say for sure that they have it, but check the Prather Ranch store at the Ferry Building. They have great meat, and their peppered bacon is my favorite bacon. And you might as well take a look at Golden Gate Meats while you're there. If they don't have good ham steaks, they do have David's pastrami.

              1. re: JudiAU
                Melanie Wong Oct 1, 2012 10:24 PM

                Costco sells Niman spiral cut hams during the holidays, maybe other times too. Could you cut one up for those uses?

                1. re: Melanie Wong
                  wolfe Oct 2, 2012 03:51 PM

                  They were today's sample tasting at Richmond Costco but covered with that sweet gloppy stuff, I think, about $3.99 a pound. I guess you could wash it off.

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                    Melanie Wong Oct 2, 2012 04:13 PM

                    I may be remembering incorrectly, but doesn't the glaze come in a separate packet? We toss it.

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                    Robert Lauriston Oct 2, 2012 04:39 PM

                    The ham steaks are maybe half an inch thick, 2-3 times thicker than the spiral slices.

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                      Melanie Wong Oct 2, 2012 06:38 PM

                      Yes, however, for making fried rice as she mentioned, one would typically dice or julienne much smaller than 1/2" thick and the spiral slice might be suitable. Thus, my question and suggestion.

              2. Robert Lauriston Oct 1, 2012 09:54 AM

                I just bought a couple at Trader Joe's.

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                  JudiAU Oct 1, 2012 02:05 PM

                  Seriously? I am banging my head on the table.

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                    Robert Lauriston Oct 1, 2012 02:48 PM

                    Sorry, I was confused, it was at a Nugget supermarket.

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                    Robert Lauriston Dec 19, 2012 06:26 PM

                    Berkeley Bowl east today.

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