Choosing Ham for Easter

You should consider the size of your ham needs. Whole hams can weigh up to 20 pounds, which will leave you with leftovers. The general rule is to plan on 6 to 8 ounces of boneless ham per serving, or 8 to 12 ounces of bone in ham per serving.

When buying a fresh ham, look for one with a firm white layer of fat — a well-marbled lean portion. Loosen any packaging material and store the fresh ham in the coldest part of the refrigerator for up to five days. When you buy a cured ham, choose one that’s firm and plump. The meat should be finely grained and rosy pink. You can refrigerate in the ham’s original wrapping for up to a week.

 

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