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Our Outstanding Ham

Have you decided what to serve for your special holiday dinner? Christmas ham is a delicious classic. We know you want your meal to be special and we’ve done the work to make sure it will be with one of our hams. In the next couple of weeks, we’ll have several blog posts introducing you to our ham producers and sharing recipes and cooking tips. But, first, let’s take a quick look at why we think you should get your ham from us instead of somewhere else.

  Many Supermarket Hams Some Supermarket Hams Whole Foods Market Hams
Raised with no antibiotics — ever   X X
Raised with no added growth hormones* X X X
No animal byproducts in the feed   X X
No added nitrates or nitrites     X
* Federal law does not allow the use of supplemental growth hormones in pigs.

Pretty compelling, don’t you think? Lots more reasons to get your ham from us in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned in and we’ll help you make sure your holiday is just right.

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Peggy says …

How are your pre-cooked spiral hams cured? I am interested in a sugar cured ham...they are the best tasting and have less salt.

Bepkom says …

Petpo, Here’s the link to our Ham page, which lists types of hams: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/ham/ Some of our hams are spiral sliced. You should check with your local meat department to find out what is available in your store. Thanks!

Peggy says …

Thanks for answering everyone's question but mine. I have since learned that your hams are "uncured", but to me that means fresh pork. Guess I'll just try one and see how I like it.

Bepkom says …

Hi Pauline, Our prices will vary from region to region so it's best to contact the meat department at your local store for that information. Thanks!

Bepkom says …

Mel, Raki and Gail: I am currently looking into your inquiry and will post a response very soon. Thanks!

petpo ctpyk says …

Is your ham a spiral cut like honey bake has?

PAULINE ISABELLE says …

I am looking for the prices for this christmas season on your bone in spiral hams. Thanks Pauline

mel avjean says …

Honeybaked hams are not gluten free. Are yours? I hope so!

Bepkom says …

Ed: Our stores carry both raw and cooked hams....so you can choose which is best for you!

Bepkom says …

Dawn: Our prices vary from region to region so you should check with the meat counter with your local store.

Raki says …

Is the ham gluten free?

Rebecca says …

I am really interested in knowing where and how these hams are raised. It looks like you've answered just about every other question. Given the stories about horrific treatment of pigs by the Humane Society, you might want to take the time to investigate and post an answer. Thank you.

Bepkom says …

Hi Peggy, I apologize for not answering your question directly. I posted this link in another response that describes all the types of ham available: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/ham/ Because product selection can vary between stores it's best to contact your local meat department to find out which they carry.

lungpow says …

Do your hams come from farms that humanely raised there pigs? Many farms keep there animals in terrible conditions, pigs have especially difficult living conditions. Do any hams come from local sources?

says …

@Lungpow I reached out to our Global Meat Coordinator and this is his response. "All of our hams meet our meat standards and we reuiquire that the processor goes through a approval process and a 3rd party food-safety audit to ensure that they only use raw material from approved WFM sources."

Dawn Scire says …

More compelling: how much is your ham per pound??

Ed says …

Are these smoked Hams or do I have to do the cooking

Margaret Madden says …

Your ham is the best. I was looking for some around Thanksgiving but I didn't see any of the spiral cut ones which I love. So am looking forward to it for Christmas. Sincerely, Margaret Madden

leigh trescot says …

HoneyBaked hams are gluten free. YOu can find the facts on their websites under FAQ

Gail Northway says …

Please answer the gluten-free question.

Tim Romero says …

Honey Baked Hams are gluten free.

Bepkom says …

Here is the information I received from our meat experts: Our hams are made without the use of wheat, barley or rye, however, facilities where the hams are cooked may process items that contain gluten. While most (if not all) of our hams make a USDA authorized gluten free claim, the USDA does allow some gluten in their determination. Therefore, we suggest our customers review the package claims on the hams carried in their local store and exercise caution based on their personal level of gluten tolerance. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

Teresa says …

Can you tell me what the sodium content is of your hams? Do you offer a reduced sodium ham for the holidays?

Aisak says …

I had no idea that pigs could not be given the growth hormone. I wonder why that is? I may have to invest in a ham for my holiday recipes then. I will find 1000 uses for the pig. Lol.

Ann says …

Will there be hams in the store before Easter?

Bepkom says …

@Ann: Yes! Please contact the meat department at your local store to find out when they'll arrive.

Sharon Hill says …

Is The Whole Foods ham gluten free?

says …

@Sharon Thanks for asking. Most, if not all, of our hams are gluten free. However, the packaging does indicate this typically. Please check the ingredients on the product before purchase or, when in doubt, feel free to ask our butchers about the gluten free ham options.

CLAUDIA BINGHAM says …

Can you tell m how much sodium is in your ham?

says …

@Claudia Since Whole Foods Market sources all the products independently from Region to Region, I recommend that you reach out to your community's store directly. This is the best way to get the most accurate information regarding the sodium content of our ham. The link below will help identify the contact information for your store and a Team Member there will be happy to share that information with you. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores

Bonnie Jaglowski says …

Which holiday ham sold by Whole Foods is gluten free? Last year we bought the Wellshire Farms Black Forest ham that had the GF symbol on the packaging. We can not find a ham that has the GF symbol on it's packaging this year. Can you help me with this problem? Thank you for your help and consideration.

says …

@Bonnie Most, if not all the hams offered in the Meat Department are gluten free. They may have just stopped putting the stickers on the products. However, the best way to ensure that the ham you would like to purchase is GF, is to ask a Team Member from the Meat Department or a Butcher. They will be happy to help you find the perfect ham for your needs. Thanks for reaching out!

Karen says …

Do you carry honey baked spiral cut hams?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KAREN- We often carry spiral cut ham around the holidays but since our products vary between locations, I would suggest checking with your local store: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.

Kim says …

Do you have any spiral cut hams that do not contain sugar?

James Young says …

How much sodium is in a 3 ozs serving of this ham.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KIM - Thanks for your question. Our products vary between store locations so I would suggest reaching out to your local store to see if they have any options without sugar. You can find their contact info at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JAMES - Since the vendors for our ham will vary between regions and stores, I would encourage you to reach out to your local store. If this is something that comes already prepared from a vendor, they can possibly look in to the nutritional information with that vendor. You can find a list of store contact info at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.

Al Love says …

Does this ham have a low sodium content?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@AL - Since our meat vendors differ, check with your local store to see if they have a low sodium option.

Maria says …

Do you have low sodium ham?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MARIA - Our exact products differ between stores. Check with your local store directly to see what low sodium options they might have in stock.

Renee Mohr says …

Is this ham gluten free?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@RENEE - This would depend on the vendor. Since our brands differ between stores, check with your local store to see what they have in stock. They can definitely check the product to see if it's verified GF.

Char rowland says …

How much per pound is your ham. Do i have to special order it?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CHAR - Our prices vary per store. Check with your local store to see what they have in stock and they'll be happy to let you know the price per pound.

Deanna says …

do you have a ham that is gluten free? I am looking for a ham to cook for Christmas and two of us have Celiac Disease. Thank you

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DEANNA - Check with your local store directly as our vendors can vary between locations.

Elke Gonzale says …

I am looking for a 10 pound spiraled ham with no sodium nitrites

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@ELKE - We do not allow any sodium nitrates in any of our products we sell in our stores (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/quality-standards/unacceptable-ingredients-food). To check to see what is in stock, check with your local store to reserve a 10 lb. ham.

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