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Easter Hams

Easter HamWhether you’re serving brunch or dinner on Easter, most meals wouldn’t be complete without an Easter ham.

But why do we eat ham on Easter anyway?

Some say that the tradition developed because Jews do not eat pork, and therefore Christians wanted to differentiate themselves by eating foods forbidden to Jews. Others say the tradition comes from the fact that before refrigeration, animals were slaughtered in the fall and people ate smoked meats, such as ham, throughout the winter until they could eat fresh meat again.

Whatever the reason, ham has certainly become a traditional – and tasty – part of the Easter meal.

This year, Potash Markets is proud to be carrying Neuske’s Applewood smoked hams, just in time for Easter, for only $7.99 a pound.

This is the first Easter holiday that we have had these delicious hams in our stores.  Based in Wittenburg, WI, the Neuske family has been making their signature hams since 1933. The company uses the leanest meat and doesn’t use any binders or fillers. These on-the-bone, classic hams are glazed with a blend of honey and spices and come pre-sliced and ready to serve.

Here is a review we found on another food blog that we would like to share with you so that you will have a better understanding of why we are so pumped up about our new Nueske Easter Ham offering.

This material comes from the food blog Ashtyn’s Home Cookin' on http://food.feedfury.com/content/19290942-meat-review-nueske-s-old-fashioned-smoked-ham.html:

We always buy a Virginia ham or a Smoked ham, but generally speaking you don’t find too many differences between the standard brands. Still, when I hear the term Old Fashioned Smoked Ham it sets my mouth to watering. This led me to requesting a sample of Nueske’s Old Fashioned Smoked Ham, which was positively the best ham I have ever had in my life!

Everything about this Old Fashioned Ham was a winner. The coloring was beautiful, the smell made me ravenously hungry, and the taste was just phenomenal. We sliced the ham up and made a variety of meals out of it, each one as delicious as the last. Preparation for the ham is simple, since it’s already cooked. You just have to warm it up in the oven for baked ham, or fry it, or slice it accordingly for other dishes. It couldn’t be easier and it’s hard to imagine it tasting any better anywhere else. If you’re a ham lover you absolutely have to try one of these hams.”

Taste/Flavor: 5 out of 5 stars
Packaging: 5 out of 5 stars
Ease of Prep: 5 out of 5 stars
Look: 5 out of 5 stars
Kid Friendly: 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

How to heat a pre-cooked ham

Although you can serve Easter hams cold, if you want to reheat them, the process if fairly simple. First, preheat your over to 325 degrees. Then wrap the ham in aluminum foil with the cut-side down and place in the oven for 10-14 minutes per pound. Remove and let sit for 10 minutes before serving. If you’re planning to add extra glaze to the ham, turn the oven up to 400 degrees, brush the ham with the glaze, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes until browned and bubbling.

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