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View Poll Results: Country ham - love it or hate it?
I love it 31 56.36%
I hate it 8 14.55%
It's okay 16 29.09%
Voters: 55. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-20-2014, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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The first time I tried "country ham" I was shocked at how different it is from "regular ham." However, I have been hooked on it ever since. Here, in Dixie, it's prepared a few different ways - one of those ways is with "red-eye gravy."

So... any other country ham aficionados out there, or is it something you just don't care to eat? I have met folks who hate it and I have met folks who love it, but no one ever says "It's okay."

BTW - I'm sure all country ham lovers are aware of the salt content, so providing the amount of sodium per serving won't be anything we haven't considered.

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Old 05-20-2014, 11:43 PM
 
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The first time I tried "country ham" I was shocked at how different it is from "regular ham." However, I have been hooked on it ever since. Here, in Dixie, it's prepared a few different ways - one of those ways is with "red-eye gravy."

So... any other country ham aficionados out there, or is it something you just don't care to eat? I have met folks who hate it and I have met folks who love it, but no one ever says "It's okay."

BTW - I'm sure all country ham lovers are aware of the salt content, so providing the amount of sodium per serving won't be anything we haven't considered.

Love it or hate it?
I love red-eye gravy...but not a fan of country ham. It's okay to flavor a bit pot of green beans or collard greens...but other than that...nope. Just way too salty and I think there are other ham styles that are better.
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Old 05-21-2014, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Honolulu, Makiki
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Default I love it!

There's nothing as good as a country ham from Virginia, or anywhere else in the South! The fat and sodium content are "out of this world," but the taste is incomparable.

I eat fatty, rich foods like this only a few times a year. I follow the European way of eating everything in moderation. I recently had some blood work done and all the numbers were good, according to my doctor.
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Old 05-21-2014, 01:18 AM
 
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We both like it however cannot eat it because it is just too darn salty. If they could get the salt to not overtake the flavor of the ham it would be spectacular.
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Old 05-21-2014, 03:57 AM
 
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eating ham I expect it to be salty, so eating country ham, the salt doesn't bother me
I like it for a treat now and then
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Old 05-21-2014, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Here and there
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Another thing I am missing out on, apparently, by being a northener. Anyone care to indulge on what country ham is?
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Another thing I am missing out on, apparently, by being a northener. Anyone care to indulge on what country ham is?
It's a dry-cured ham. It has a distinctive flavor and might be considered a little on the salty side. Down here, in Dixie, it's a common breakfast item - often served with "red-eye gravy" or on a biscuit.
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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The chunks work very well in black bean soup, cuban or mexican style. Especially since the chunks are cheaper than the slices.
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:34 AM
 
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LOVE IT especially when it's also smoked. I'm talking about the true SALT ONLY cured and dry aged for months country hams.
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:27 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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LOVE IT especially when it's also smoked. I'm talking about the true SALT ONLY cured and dry aged for months country hams.
With eggs, grits and biscuits. Nothing can beat it!
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