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oliveoil's picture

I'm thinking a little ahead and want to have a spiral cut ham for Christmas or New Years. Without going really expensive, what is a good brand to buy. I have grocery stores and Sams Club here but not a Trader Joes.


Thanks for your help.

Gretchen's picture

(post #36760, reply #1 of 19)

the supermarket spiral hams are fine, as are Sam's. Just be sure to follow their directions exactly for heating it and when you glaze it, let drizzle down between the slices if you can. Truthfully, I think they all come out of the same ham house. You can burn the glaze with a kitchen torch, just like the honey baked people do.

Gretchen

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Madeleine's picture

(post #36760, reply #9 of 19)

Ooh...I love this idea. I bought a kitchen torch to make creme brulee (one of my weaknesses, just love it) and now I can torch my Christmas ham with it. Always do a spiral ham for Christmas...I usually buy a Smithfield at my local grocer and it is always perfect...never too salty, never dried out.

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shar999's picture

(post #36760, reply #2 of 19)

Do you have a Costco nearaby?  I purchased one of the Kirland Spiral Hams (the one in the red wrapper) and it was one of the best hams I had ever had.  Just the right amount of smoking and not salty at all.

bwf17's picture

(post #36760, reply #3 of 19)

I agree with you....they are one of the best....I have one in the oven as I write for weekend guests.

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SquarePeg's picture

(post #36760, reply #4 of 19)

her nearest costco is is west des moines (a couple of hours), but I highly recommend the costco hams, too.


 

thecooktoo's picture

(post #36760, reply #5 of 19)

I've had ham's from Costco, Sams, local supermarket and Honeybaked...Do difference in my opinion.


Jim

Rae's picture

(post #36760, reply #6 of 19)

Last year I got a Martha Stewart ham at Costco. It was really good and is packed in the cutest reusable fabric bag.

Gretchen's picture

(post #36760, reply #7 of 19)

I take it you mean "no" difference, which I agree with.  But again, if not a Honey Baked, you have to be careful heating them or they will be dry.

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thecooktoo's picture

(post #36760, reply #8 of 19)

Fat fingers...yea, but you have to be careful heating all of them.


Jim

Syrah's picture

(post #36760, reply #10 of 19)

Does having ham at an occasion automatically imply that it will be hot in North America?

I always wondered if it was a climate thing, but I have never had sliced ham served hot even in the cooler months. The closest thing I can think of is on Christmas morning when we would have ham and eggs cooked on the BBQ.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #36760, reply #11 of 19)

Baked ham can be served hot--I do when it is for dinner. I haven't ever really thought about it, but ham is just very good served at room temperature. I don't think it has anything to do with weather. Maybe serving style--picnic or buffets often.

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courgette's picture

(post #36760, reply #12 of 19)

I may be the only dissenter here, but I don't like spiral hams at all.


I have a friend who swears by them and whenever we go there and she serves ham, I shudder. They are dry and the slices are really thin. And she is an excellent cook.


The best ham I have had recently is the Costco ham that is not sliced. So amazingly flavourful and moist. Everyone raves over it. And the bone is great for pea soup.


Just my opinion.


Mo

Gretchen's picture

(post #36760, reply #14 of 19)

I don't usually get them either, but for the opposite reason you cite--I think the slices are too thick!!  I cooked a ham at DS's for his party last week but it was a regular ham--for $0.99/lb.!! It was delicious.  I like all roasts sliced VERY VERY thin and layered/shingled on the plate.

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TracyK's picture

(post #36760, reply #15 of 19)

Me neither! Give me southern-style country ham or no ham at all.


Although, my ex-bf's dad used to make a good ham, just a regular baked one, no glaze, and then he'd make gravy from the pan drippings. It was really good.



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Gretchen's picture

(post #36760, reply #16 of 19)

I love country ham, and fix them, but I fix a city ham a couple of times a year for a dinner, then sandwiches/biscuits. 
A whole country ham is DAUNTING to say the least, and I have quit doing that--at least until we will be having a big party or a lot of help to finish it. The last one I did I cut in half and boiled/cooked half, and sliced the rest up for preparing from raw. Having a FoodSaver really helps here because it will keep "forever" in the fridge if sealed up.


 Our Harris Teeter deli has boneless cooked country ham which is a nice thing, or of course the slices for frying.  Took some "scraps" to DS's for them to have for seasoning.


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TracyK's picture

(post #36760, reply #17 of 19)

My dad gets his at Ukrops, a Richmond-area grocery store, whose butcher dept will bone and slice it paper-thin for you. He usually gets a whole one and splits it with a friend. Usually lasts our family the whole Christmas season!


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Gretchen's picture

(post #36760, reply #18 of 19)

Yes, we used to do that. And there was a grocery (that has "grown up" to be high end downtown market/wine shop) that would cook and slice it for you. THOSE were the days!!  There isn't ANY thing like a good country ham--Virginia or Carolina!!

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Shaye's picture

(post #36760, reply #19 of 19)

I don't think the weather matters a lot. I know we frequently have ham for Christmas and Easter--although I guess we don't really have it in the middle of summer.

Ozark's picture

(post #36760, reply #13 of 19)

This time of year HyVee (I see you have 6 or 7 there) has good specials on the Hillshire Farms hams. I get them every year. Family and friends rave about the flavor and moistness. I don't care for the spiral cut, IMHO the loose juice and flavor no matter how careful you are heating them. I like to get the whole ones. Have for a meal then divide rest into meal size serving freeze in Foodsaver bags.

 


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