Ham of unknown origin
January 8, 2012 11:41 AM Subscribe
I have been given a whole ham with no label, description, or instructions. What should I do with it?
posted by mkdg to food & drink (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A relative was given a ham a couple of weeks ago by a local church group/charity. She doesn't eat ham at all, so has passed the ham on to me. The problem is, without at least knowing what type of ham it is, I don't know how to prepare it. It came to me only wrapped in a net, inside a plastic grocery bag. Is there a way to tell whether it's previously-cooked or uncooked, and whether it's a "country ham", maybe if I cut into it? I'll definitely be heating it either way. Is it fair to assume that if I wash/scrub it well then heat it to an internal temp of 165 degrees that it'll be reasonably safe to eat? Or should I just not risk it and just toss it out? Here are a couple pics, if that helps at all (pic1
) . It smells okay to me, salty and maybe a little smoky. Smells like a ham.