A good ham costs good money. This is a cold hard Christmas truth and the sooner you embrace it, the happier you'll be. Like the fact that Die Hard is the greatest Christmas movie of all time. Or that Good King Wenceslas is the only carol that doesn't make you want to stuff baubles in your ears.
A properly stored ham will provide you with at least three weeks of sandwiches and snacking, so it's worth spending a little extra on a prize pig. A sexy leg you can glaze on Christmas morning, slice for unexpected guests on Boxing Day and use to turbocharge scrambled eggs at New Year's brunch. (I have an uncle who keeps salt and pepper shakers in the fridge over Christmas so he can season his help-yourself ham slices without a trip to the pantry.
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