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Those "Smithfield" hams look awful compared to the gold foil one I buy at Sam's Club for the holidays.

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Besides, I wouldn't take a Smithfield ham if it were free!!!{#emotions_dlg.thumbdown}

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chickenbutt1315080237.56724979 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

Ditto that. You couldn't pay me to use anything from that company. They are truly despicable. I've never tried the offering of Sam's Club, as I don't have a membership there anymore, but I like the Kansas City hams. They aren't pumped with water and salt like many you find out there. I usually buy a ham once or twice a year.

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13diamonds1315080263.44716 PostsRegistered 7/27/2005

are those the ones Paula Deen sells?

Marp1315080328.67713480 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Western NC

I agree with Chickenbutt about the Kansas City hams. They have the flavor and texture I remember from "the old days".

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RedHeadedW­ench1315090155.7739403 PostsRegistered 10/1/2006

If I buy ham, which is not very often, I buy a Heavenly Ham.

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KatherineW1315090972.2728130 PostsRegistered 3/16/2009Alabamian by Birth; Southern By The Grace of God

And the Sam's ones are delicious and, what, 1/3 the price!!!




brenbren1315091938.641215 PostsRegistered 11/28/2007The South

Some people don't have access to Sam's. Remember everyone doesn't have close access to stores or may be they are handicapped. I bet a lot of families in this economy would welcome a free ham no matter the brand.

Snuggle-Bu­nny1315093289.826879 PostsRegistered 7/2/2008In My Flower Gardens in Beautiful PA
On 9/3/2011 KatherineW said:

And the Sam's ones are delicious and, what, 1/3 the price!!!

You got it KatherineW!!!{#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

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Subject1315098144.35711269 PostsRegistered 2/24/2007

Smithfield treats animals inhumanly!!! I would never buy anything from that company!!

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cherry1315098279.62716348 PostsRegistered 1/8/2005

I think it is an acquired taste..I have never eaten one , but someone that did said it tasted rancid..This was some years ago..She said it was dry and salty and nasty.....

AnikaBrodie1315098750.01715446 PostsRegistered 1/29/2008The NE state of mountains and valleys

We like the John Martin hams from Lancaster Co, PA. Our family owns a restaurant and has used their whole hams and ham slices for over 20 years. They are excellent and very flavorful and aren't so salty you can't eat them without a glass of water close by. I don't eat a lot of ham but when I do I want Martins.

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MaggieToo1315103483.7438521 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004AZ

KC hams are great. Haven't tried the Sam's club ones. I'll check them out.

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doxiemom 41315103694.56727472 PostsRegistered 12/30/2008NJ-FL
On 9/3/2011 newport said:

Smithfield treats animals inhumanly!!! I would never buy anything from that company!!

That they do, and it's the reason I would not buy one.

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Gemini52961315104406.663129 PostsRegistered 1/2/2007

I always buy the Sam's Club ham in the gold package. They are the best I have ever had. They can be purchased at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club for a very reasonable price.

Financialg­rl1315135928.635305 PostsRegistered 8/21/2006Virginia

I have never understood why one would buy the very same thing that is sold so much cheaper in their own backyards. As for living in areas where there are few options for shopping, I'm pretty darn rural and have to drive 15 miles to grocery stores and Smithfield is available at the few stores we have here. If one is handicapped, have someone get it for you. I've picked up a few things for elderly who do not want to drive during the rains/storms from Irene. It's what neighbbors do.

msmeerkat1315150682.863871 PostsRegistered 11/16/2010

I think Smithfield used to be a premium company and only sold by mail order. I don't think I've ever bought one in a supermarket... and I hate the pre-sliced hams.. the whole point is keeping the juices in! I don't trust a small company that's gone big, probably bought out by a bigger brand.

I always buy a small ham from a local company at a good supermarket.

Tabbycat1315158280.9932835 PostsRegistered 12/2/2007

If you have access to a Sam's Club, their hams are very good. If I'm buying ham that is where I go. They are spiral sliced and I always save that bone in the freezer for a nice pot of beans.

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hennypenny1315160427.7836245 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I like Farmer John's hams. They have a factory in Calif. I am not sure if they are sold elsewhere. They are not too watery or salty.

chickenbutt1315160554.6324979 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown
On 9/4/2011 hennypenny said:

I like Farmer John's hams. They have a factory in Calif. I am not sure if they are sold elsewhere. They are not too watery or salty.

We have Farmer John brand products in our stores (we are California-adjacent) and they alway seem to be good quality products.

Bippity boppity BOOYAH!

loxslox1315160935.3222 PostsRegistered 8/17/2011

I'm afraid that unless you buy a ham from the smaller, expensive brands that guarantee or certify humane conditions (yeah, I know sort of weird when you're talking about later butchering) you're only kidding yourself regarding how awful Smithfield is compared to Sam's, etc. If it's only price and taste then whatever, but I'm not sure if it's valid to rail against Smithfield and then laud Walmart ham.

decbabe1315166202.0171543 PostsRegistered 1/21/2008
On 9/3/2011 doxiemom 4 said:
On 9/3/2011 newport said:

<em>Smithfield treats animals inhumanly!</em>!! I would never buy anything from that company!!

That they do, and it's the reason I would not buy one.

I also read someplace where their plant wasn't very clean. But I have never purchased any of the Smithfield products.

beach music1315177694.10729065 PostsRegistered 4/16/2007

a smithfield ham is a cured ham, rubbed in salt and sugar, and aged at least 3 seasons... it is then scraped of any mold, soaked, boiled, and then baked...some are smoked, some not, depending on the maker.

several companies in the smithfield va area cure their hams this way, for example the joyner family... it's just not the smithfield company who produces this type of ham.

a smithfield ham is not the juicy ham some are used to... think of a smithfield-style ham as country proscuiotto.

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cherry1315177801.4216348 PostsRegistered 1/8/2005
On 9/4/2011 beach music said:

a smithfield ham is a cured ham, rubbed in salt and sugar, and aged at least 3 seasons... it is then scraped of any mold, soaked, boiled, and then baked...some are smoked, some not, depending on the maker.

several companies in the smithfield va area cure their hams this way, for example the joyner family... it's just not the smithfield company who produces this type of ham.

a smithfield ham is not the juicy ham some are used to... think of a smithfield-style ham as country proscuiotto.

Beach is right..It is considered by some a delicacy, by others a dirty trick

SailingAway1315177939.8175136 PostsRegistered 12/31/2008NC/FL
On 9/4/2011 beach music said:

a smithfield ham is a cured ham, rubbed in salt and sugar, and aged at least 3 seasons... it is then scraped of any mold, soaked, boiled, and then baked...some are smoked, some not, depending on the maker.

several companies in the smithfield va area cure their hams this way, for example the joyner family... it's just not the smithfield company who produces this type of ham.

a smithfield ham is not the juicy ham some are used to... think of a smithfield-style ham as country proscuiotto.

beachy is correct. Here in the south, this is called a "country ham". The type of ham served with red eye gravy!

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Marp1315178276.2413480 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Western NC
On 9/4/2011 SailingAway said:
On 9/4/2011 beach music said:

a smithfield ham is a cured ham, rubbed in salt and sugar, and aged at least 3 seasons... it is then scraped of any mold, soaked, boiled, and then baked...some are smoked, some not, depending on the maker.

several companies in the smithfield va area cure their hams this way, for example the joyner family... it's just not the smithfield company who produces this type of ham.

a smithfield ham is not the juicy ham some are used to... think of a smithfield-style ham as country proscuiotto.

beachy is correct. Here in the south, this is called a "country ham". The type of ham served with red eye gravy!

Now you're talking directly to my tastebuds; craving can't be far behind. Thanks a lot.

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SailingAway1315178431.4075136 PostsRegistered 12/31/2008NC/FL
On 9/4/2011 Marp said:
On 9/4/2011 SailingAway said:
On 9/4/2011 beach music said:

a smithfield ham is a cured ham, rubbed in salt and sugar, and aged at least 3 seasons... it is then scraped of any mold, soaked, boiled, and then baked...some are smoked, some not, depending on the maker.

several companies in the smithfield va area cure their hams this way, for example the joyner family... it's just not the smithfield company who produces this type of ham.

a smithfield ham is not the juicy ham some are used to... think of a smithfield-style ham as country proscuiotto.

beachy is correct. Here in the south, this is called a "country ham". The type of ham served with red eye gravy!

Now you're talking directly to my tastebuds; craving can't be far behind. Thanks a lot.

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