Ham vs. Ham with Natural Juices vs. Water Added and Water Products
Most labels will have water added as part of the wet curing process. Although, the more water added to the ham, the less flavor and texture the meat has. If the label says, “water added” or “with water products” look to get one with the highest percentage of protein in the nutritional facts. This should as close to 18.5% to 17%, as possible.
- Boss Tip #2 : A label with “Ham with Natural Juices” is better. A label with just “Ham” and no water added is best.
Bone-In vs. Boneless?
When you’re picking out your Easter ham, go for a bone-in ham. Boneless hams are easy to slice. Although, like most meats, having that bone attached gives the meat more flavor.
- Boss Tip #3 : How can you tell if there is a bone or not? All grocery hams list it on the label
Whole vs. Half Ham?
This decision is based on two crucial questions, how many people are going to be served or... how much can you eat in one sitting?
A whole ham is the whole back side of the animal, labeled “leg or ham” above, and it typically weighs 18 to 20 pounds. The whole ham includes the butt and shank whereas a half ham is either the butt or shank.
For size, you want to get about ¾ pounds per person with a bone-in ham. A quick cheat sheet:
10 or fewer people = roughly a 7 ½ lb. Half Ham
15 people = roughly a 11 ¼ lb. Half Ham
20 or more people = roughly 15 lb. or larger, Whole Ham
- Boss Tip #4: If you have to grab a ham that’s a little larger, turn your leftovers into Scalloped Potatoes With Ham, Corn, And Bacon.