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Smoked ham question

makinitgreen Mar 15, 2013 07:16 AM

We've just gotten a delivery of a whole pig from our local farm, and I'm confused about how to cook/prepare the smoked hams. Are they considered cooked after they've been smoked? Or do I proceed as if they were fresh? Thanks!

  1. DockPotato Mar 15, 2013 07:36 PM

    Hold on folks. Smoked ≠ cooked. No way. Especially if it comes directly off the kill. Smoked + cooked = cooked.

    Perhaps it was cooked, but I doubt it. As others advise, ask the farmer or whoever butchered the beast for you.

    If it is indeed uncooked and off the farm then you have a treasure. There is nothing like a slice off the ham out of the pot on a slice of crusty rye. And the stock along with the bone is a starting point for great soups.

    1. w
      wyogal Mar 15, 2013 08:01 AM

      Seriously, I think a simple phone call to the farmer would be more efficient.

      1. lynnlato Mar 15, 2013 07:59 AM

        Smoked = cooked and ready to eat. Yum.

        1. m
          mwhitmore Mar 15, 2013 07:57 AM

          I'm confused---if it is a whole pig, they couldn't have smoked just the ham if the legs are still attached. If the pig is cut up and the hams were cured and smoked separately, then they are ready to eat. Assuming the local farmer knows how to this properly---curing and smoking pork is a fine art that not every farmer knows. Are they USDA inspected and licensed? If not, I would be wary.

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          1. re: mwhitmore
            wyogal Mar 15, 2013 08:00 AM

            (I think the OP meant they got all of the pig, not just a quarter or half, and that it is indeed cut up)

          2. w
            wyogal Mar 15, 2013 07:18 AM

            Not sure about your particular ham, did you ask the local farmer? I'm sure they could answer your question.

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