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View Poll Results: So what is it??
Taylor Ham all the way! 30 50.00%
Pork Roll, baby! 22 36.67%
You're both wrong...it's something else! (specify in your reply) 3 5.00%
Who cares?! 5 8.33%
Voters: 60. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-16-2014, 06:31 AM
 
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I call it pork roll because of where I grew up. Also, I don't like to call things something that they're not. You shouldn't call it Taylor Ham or Hatfield Ham unless you're sure that's the brand.
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Old 03-16-2014, 07:38 AM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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I call it pork roll because of where I grew up. Also, I don't like to call things something that they're not. You shouldn't call it Taylor Ham or Hatfield Ham unless you're sure that's the brand.
According to Wikipedia, which may or may not be true, Taylor invented it. If that is true, then pork roll is just a name somebody came along and used so they didn't have to give Taylor credit. They made a "pork roll" just like his and sold it as generic pork roll. To me, it's all Taylor Ham. But I don't give it a second thought if someone calls it pork roll. Actually, in real life I don't think I have ever heard someone call it pork roll. It just doesn't come up in regular conversation.
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Old 03-16-2014, 07:49 AM
 
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According to Wikipedia, which may or may not be true, Taylor invented it. If that is true, then pork roll is just a name somebody came along and used so they didn't have to give Taylor credit. They made a "pork roll" just like his and sold it as generic pork roll. To me, it's all Taylor Ham. But I don't give it a second thought if someone calls it pork roll. Actually, in real life I don't think I have ever heard someone call it pork roll. It just doesn't come up in regular conversation.
All this talk about brand name vs. generic name is making me cry. Please pass me the Kleenex.
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:15 AM
 
Location: NJ
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That's kind of stunning. I grew up in New England, but as soon as I moved here, I probably came across Taylor Ham dozens of times in my first year here.

Not sure if it is even heavier by region north/central...?
I am confused when people say its such a popular nj food. ive always lived in central nj, im curious why ive never noticed it. at home growing up, no breakfast meat was really common in my house. my parents grew up in Brooklyn. we were never kosher but my mom is nuts so she generally avoided pork products even though it was never mentioned. i never noticed it in restaurants, still don't. i guess i can try it so i can see how good or not good it is.
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I am confused when people say its such a popular nj food. ive always lived in central nj, im curious why ive never noticed it. at home growing up, no breakfast meat was really common in my house. my parents grew up in Brooklyn. we were never kosher but my mom is nuts so she generally avoided pork products even though it was never mentioned. i never noticed it in restaurants, still don't. i guess i can try it so i can see how good or not good it is.
You will normally find it in diners. Taylor ham, egg, and cheese on a hard roll is "the New Jersey breakfast." I used to be on a bowling league in Jersey City--the alley sold Taylor ham and cheese sandwiches, too.

Your mother avoiding pork products is likely why you never ate it. My mother would fry it up with eggs for us on a Saturday morning. It's greasy and probably not good for you.
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:39 AM
 
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I have a question...I know it's called Taylor Ham in North Jersey...now we have the Taylor brand here, but the label says "Taylor Pork Roll".

is that the same thing you are talking about? I NEVER see Taylor HAM on any label.

(there is also Case's Pork Roll and Trenton Pork Roll .. at least around me)
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:12 PM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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I have a question...I know it's called Taylor Ham in North Jersey...now we have the Taylor brand here, but the label says "Taylor Pork Roll".

is that the same thing you are talking about? I NEVER see Taylor HAM on any label.

(there is also Case's Pork Roll and Trenton Pork Roll .. at least around me)
According to the Wikipedia article I read, back in like 1908, the FDA made Taylor change the name from "Ham" to "Pork Roll". They said his product does not qualify as "ham".

Now I know more than I ever wanted to know about Taylor Ham.
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I have a question...I know it's called Taylor Ham in North Jersey...now we have the Taylor brand here, but the label says "Taylor Pork Roll".

is that the same thing you are talking about? I NEVER see Taylor HAM on any label.

(there is also Case's Pork Roll and Trenton Pork Roll .. at least around me)
You're right, but we always called it Taylor ham.
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:26 PM
 
Location: The City
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I have a question...I know it's called Taylor Ham in North Jersey...now we have the Taylor brand here, but the label says "Taylor Pork Roll".

is that the same thing you are talking about? I NEVER see Taylor HAM on any label.

(there is also Case's Pork Roll and Trenton Pork Roll .. at least around me)
It is mostly called pork roll in the Philly area - probably why Trenton having more historical influence from Philly may call it such

In Philly Taylor was just a different (thinner) version of pork roll compared to what hatfield offered (thicker version)

I personally call them "fat boy" sanwiches - Wawa sells the Hatfield (thicker version) kind pre-made on a bagel. I have seen them mostly without or sometimes with eggs down in these parts (Philly area) and we always call them Pork Roll and Cheese sandwiches (quite flavorful to me)
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Old 03-16-2014, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Sausage/egg/cheese on a bagel toasted with ketchup and hot sauce.

In my town you rarely heard "pork roll". "Taylor ham" was more present, but not highly used.
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