Which brand of ham?
Last year I actually through our ham out. It was spongy and had a green cast to it. I've never had such an awful ham.
I was thinking Cook's ham maybe? That's what my Cooks Illustrated cookbook recommends. Any other brands I should look for? I'm in NE Ohio.
Probably not exactly what you're asking about, but the Jambon Royale they sell at Whole Foods is amazing - sort of halfway between prosciutto and regular ham. But that's a sandwich (or omelet!) ham, not a baking ham.
I think with hams you need to pick your price point, because they vary from $2/lb to $10/lb or much more -- e.g. for an extreme example, see http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...
Cook's is on the low end. I order from Nueske's (http://www.nueskes.com) which I think is in the middle price-wise.
I've had both, and I much prefer the Costco's spiral cut ham over the Honeybaked, which I thought was an unbelievable ripoff, money AND price-wise.
Otherwise, if you can get a country ham and learn how to prepare it, hang on to your hat- it's a lot of work but amazing.