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Our Outstanding Ham

By Theo Weening, November 28, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Theo Weening

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.

Category: Meat, Holidays




mel avjean says ...
Honeybaked hams are not gluten free. Are yours? I hope so!
12/01/2010 2:16:24 PM CST
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?
12/01/2010 5:13:51 PM CST
Dawn Scire says ...
More compelling: how much is your ham per pound??
12/01/2010 8:58:46 PM CST
Ed says ...
Are these smoked Hams or do I have to do the cooking
12/02/2010 9:25:04 AM CST
bepkom says ...
Dawn: Our prices vary from region to region so you should check with the meat counter with your local store.
12/02/2010 10:42:22 AM CST
bepkom says ...
Ed: Our stores carry both raw and cooked hams....so you can choose which is best for you!
12/02/2010 10:42:46 AM CST
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
12/02/2010 2:48:40 PM CST
Raki says ...
Is the ham gluten free?
12/03/2010 11:09:43 AM CST
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.
12/05/2010 2:22:52 PM CST
leigh trescot says ...
HoneyBaked hams are gluten free. YOu can find the facts on their websites under FAQ
12/06/2010 10:22:47 AM CST
Gail Northway says ...
Please answer the gluten-free question.
12/06/2010 12:19:12 PM CST
Tim Romero says ...
Honey Baked Hams are gluten free.
12/06/2010 1:38:12 PM CST
bepkom says ...
Mel, Raki and Gail: I am currently looking into your inquiry and will post a response very soon. Thanks!
12/07/2010 9:34:21 AM CST
petpo ctpyk says ...
Is your ham a spiral cut like honey bake has?
12/07/2010 11:13:55 AM CST
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!
12/07/2010 3:05:21 PM CST
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!
12/07/2010 4:04:07 PM CST
I am looking for the prices for this christmas season on your bone in spiral hams. Thanks Pauline
12/10/2010 12:23:00 PM CST
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!
12/10/2010 5:05:55 PM CST
Teresa says ...
Can you tell me what the sodium content is of your hams? Do you offer a reduced sodium ham for the holidays?
12/11/2010 7:03:01 PM CST
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.
12/13/2010 3:52:51 PM CST
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.
12/14/2010 10:13:42 AM CST
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.
12/19/2010 10:48:22 AM CST
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.
12/23/2010 5:34:01 AM CST
Ann says ...
Will there be hams in the store before Easter?
04/14/2011 5:52:17 AM CDT
bepkom says ...
@Ann: Yes! Please contact the meat department at your local store to find out when they'll arrive.
04/14/2011 9:45:37 AM CDT