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Ham for Easter

By Paige Brady, March 19, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady

Spiral Ham

Are you planning to serve ham for your celebratory Easter meal? Ham was always the classic choice at my house when I was growing up. But, honestly, I had no idea why. So to prepare for writing this blog, I did what we all do nowadays – I hit the internet for some quick, unscientific research.

I read that while Europeans often choose roast lamb for their Easter dinners, ham is traditional in much of the U.S. In earlier times, meat was slaughtered in the fall and since refrigeration wasn’t available, they cured what they couldn’t eat fresh. Curing takes a while and the first cured hams were ready around Easter — perfect for a celebratory meal! I also read that ham may be more traditional for Easter in the Southern U.S. because pork, in general, is more prevalent here. Regardless of why ham makes its way to your dinner table, we know you will be very pleased with the Wellshire Spiral Sliced Glazed Ham found exclusively at Whole Foods Market.  Wellshire’s pig farmers raise their animals to meet all of our high quality standards: no antibiotics — ever, no animal byproducts in feed, no gestation crates, sows provided freedom of movement in farrowing pens and bedding is required to satisfy their natural rooting instincts. hamlentilsoupOur standards set you up for a great product and Wellshire takes it further by using a recipe for preparing their ham that’s been in the family for a very long time. In fact, their spiral sliced ham was one of the very first products they shared with their customers. The ham is made without added nitrites or nitrates, artificial ingredients or preservatives. No water is added so it's full of flavor and each ham is slowly smoked and hand glazed. They are also available in either boneless or semi-boneless, so you get more meat for the value. Now that you have a great ham, make sure you don’t dry it out by overcooking! The Wellshire Spiral Sliced Glazed Ham is fully cooked already. You can serve it straight from the package; however if you prefer to warm your ham prior to serving, follow the basic instructions on the bag — heating for about 7-8 minutes per pound. If you are like me, you plan to have leftovers after preparing a big meal. Give yourself a bit of break the next day, right? Here are two delicious ways to serve up any leftover ham: Ham with Buttermilk Chive Biscuits and Lentil Soup with Smoky Ham. hambiscuits So, are you serving ham? What will you serve with it? Do you have any ideas about why ham became an Easter classic? Let me know.

Category: Food & Recipes, Meat




Schlake says ...
Lent (not mentioned in the bible) is actually the Weeping for Tammuz (mentioned in the bible). I believe the pope still celebrates the end of Lent by performing a pagan ritual with The Sacred Flaming Heart of Tammuz. Tammuz was killed by a great boar, and it might just be coincidence that we happen to eat a boar on the day that Tammuz was reborn, but I think the symbolism is clear.
03/19/2010 12:23:49 PM CDT
Melody Gardner says ...
I will be serving my ham with homemade canned peach mustard. Homemade mustards are very easy to make, can well, and are the perfect condiment with ham.
03/21/2010 5:00:42 PM CDT
Diana Bigler says ...
This is for Melody Gardner: I like the sound of your homemade peach mustard. Care to share the recipe? Thank you.
03/25/2010 11:16:38 AM CDT
Sandy says ...
Please note that the Wellshire Spiral Cut Ham contains gluten. ( http://www.wellshirefarms.com/ProductCatalog.php ) I am so sad! Wish they hadn't done that since it is not in there other ham products.
03/25/2010 2:17:38 PM CDT
Lisa Marie says ...
This is for Melody Gardner as well - Peach mustard??? Sounds yummy, if you would please share I would really appreciate it too! Also - to everyone, has anyone had this ham before, I am wondering if there is a huge difference. Thanks! Happy Easter to all
03/26/2010 7:14:32 AM CDT
Paula Robertson says ...
Answer to Lisa Marie's question. I started buying this ham 2 or 3 years ago and have it for Christmas and Easter. People that don't like ham, love this ham. It is not salty and if you purchase the boneless ham, you eat every single scrap of it. No waste whatsoever. Can't get enough of it.
03/26/2010 5:51:55 PM CDT
RA says ...
Yes, I agree. Peach mustard sounds like a great condiment to ham! In response to Schlake -- the word Bible is not in the Bible, either. And the Pope follows a ritual of prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial for Lent. Happy Easter to all as well!
03/30/2010 4:55:27 AM CDT
Sue Bandanza says ...
My family has had a ham at Easter for each and every one of my 49 years! Truly I have no idea why this is the case, but it is the only day of the year that we have ham in our home! Guess that's what makes it so special. Scalloped potatoes, green beans, carrots, and a fantastic salad go with it! My father-in-law always insisted on american cheese too, because he made his own tradition and put together a ham sandwich each year! No offense to the cook, it was just his way.
04/01/2010 6:56:30 AM CDT
bob bada says ...
what i really need to know: price/lb. & stores where available
04/01/2010 7:28:17 AM CDT
vaughnm says ...
Our product selection varies from store to store. Please check in w/ your local store directly. Thanks! http://bit.ly/allstore
04/01/2010 8:32:56 AM CDT
Kevin says ...
I always serve the famous "Green Bean Casserole" as one main side dish. I believe that ham became an Easter classic because if you have family over at holidays, you must alternate from serving Turkey. Many Americans have experienced overcooked Lamb and don't like it (yet). Furthermore, many home cooks such as myself attend Church on Easter Sunday, and a Ham can go from oven to table within an hour allowing an early Easter meal unlike Turkey.
04/03/2010 12:23:18 PM CDT
John Madden says ...
Is the 4-5 lb spiral sliced glazed ham gluten free. I am concerned about the wheat starch, barley and molasses? Thank you
03/26/2013 8:12:33 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JOHN - Since the vendor for our ham products vary between locations, I would suggest reaching out to the store where you plan on purchasing your ham to find out.
03/29/2013 6:21:30 PM CDT
Kira says ...
At What temperature is the ham heated???
03/31/2013 5:33:13 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KIRA - This will vary depending on the size of the ham. I would suggest asking the store once you pick up the ham.
04/02/2013 1:06:07 PM CDT
Liza says ...
From the Wellshire Farms site: Heating Your Ham Your Wellshire Farms ham is fully cooked and requires no cooking before being served. Overheating can dry the ham, however if you prefer to warm your ham prior to serving, please follow these instructions. Remove ham from outer foil wrapper and plastic bag. Preheat oven to 325° F. Place ham face down on rack in suitable sized roasting pan. Add 1/4" of water to bottom of pan to retain moisture. Cover ham with aluminum foil to prevent moisture from escaping. Using a scale of 7-8 minutes per pound, heat ham until internal temperature reaches 140° F. Check using standard meat thermometer.
12/25/2013 3:53:44 PM CST