This post is for all the ham loving cats, like myself.
According to the wikipedia, ham is the thigh or buttock of a slaughtered animal but is the term is typically used for pork.
A ham can either be dry cured or wet cured. City hams are typically wet cured for rapid aging, so they become the ham that we love so much quicker. Wet cured ham examples are the English Wilshire Ham and a dry cured ham is proscuitto.
The United States has the country ham or the Virginia ham. England has the York ham. Belgium has Ardennes ham. China has the jinhua ham (which is not cured). Germany has Westphalen ham. France has the Bayonne ham.
In the United States, injecting smoked flavor is not legal grounds for calling a ham smoked.
Fresh ham is the hind leg of a hog.
Personally, I think the most important things to note are:
- ham fulfills our need for protein
- ham tastes good.
- ham is fit for human consumption as well
- ham is freely available in the country I reside.
- I ought to have more ham.
Anyone got anything else?