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On Sale This Week: Ham -The Most Versatile of Meats

04 April 2012  

It's Easter. For many holiday tables, that means ham. You'll love this column today.

Ham is a wonderful thing to buy on sale. Because it is salted and smoked it has a much longer shelf life than fresh meat. It can be flavored with a wide variety of glazes, rubs etc. And the leftovers can be used over a period of a week or so, in so many tasty ways. We’re featuring spiral sliced ham this week. A relatively new innovation, the pre-sliced ham is easier to carve but requires careful cooking to bring out its best. So buy two when they’re inexpensive. Fix one now and save the other for later, just be sure to check the use by date.

Most hams you buy these days are pre-cooked. The meat doesn’t have to be cooked, just thoroughly heated. In general, a pre-sliced or spiral sliced ham should be placed in a roasting pan with the cut side down, the bone end sticking up. This helps keep the meat from drying out. You can line the pan with non-stick aluminum foil to really simplify carving and clean up. The traditional plan of cutting the fat in a diamond pattern and studding with cloves doesn’t work too well for this type of ham. It’s better to simply cover with foil and bake for the recommended time. For flavor, uncover for the last half hour of cooking and apply the glaze of your choice.

Why Ham?

Why do we eat ham at Easter anyway? It wouldn’t have been eaten in the beginning, as the original Christians had been Jewish, and therefore would not have eaten any pork products. In most of Europe, lamb is considered the traditional Easter meat. But in the U.S.A. lamb was not as easily available and /or was quite expensive. Lamb has historically not been eaten as much here. Maybe pigs are just more hardy and easy to raise in a pioneer type situation. Because we don’t eat much lamb, we aren’t used to the taste, and some people find it unpleasant.

Before refrigeration was common, the only way to safely store meat was to salt and/or smoke it. This meant that hams and other smoked cuts of pork were more readily available in spring.

Comparing Prices this Week

Spiral Sliced Ham

  • Albertsons- Hormel, $1.47/lb
  • Fry’s- Cook’s, $1.47/lb (limit 1)
  • Safeway- Safeway brand half ham, $1.99/lb (limit 1)

Best Prices on Staples

Milk, Safeway, $1.57/gal.

Bread, Fry’s sandwich bread $1.25. Albertson’s, Sara Lee Wide Pan breads or dinner rolls, $1.99

Eggs, Albertson’s Wild Harvest, $2.50/dz. Fry’s, Simple Truth Cage Free, $2.50/dz.

Special Sales


  • Buy 4 save $4 on selected laundry, cleaning and paper products


  • 5 day sale, Wednesday thru Sunday
  • Pineapple, Del Monte fresh, $1.47/each
  • Sodas, 12 pk Coke, Pepsi and 7-up products Buy 2 get 3 free, must buy 5
  • Cereal, Quaker Life, Cap’n Crunch, $1.99/13 oz. box
  • Buy 3 or more selected Breyer’s ice cream and frozen treats, each one costs $2.49
  • $5 Friday
  • Primo Taglio deli turkey and ham $5/lb
  • Provolone cheese $5/lb


  • Buy 6 save $3 on Yoplait Go-Gurt and Pillsbury refrigerated rolls and biscuits

Best Bargains this Week at Safeway

Meat & Seafood

  • Foster Farms variety pack lunchmeat, 9-12 oz., select varieties, $2.50/each
  • Pork Loin Crown Roast, $2.99/lb
  • Safeway smoked shank half ham (no center slices removed), $.99/lb.
  • Whole boneless pork loin, in bag, $1.99/lb
  • Safeway Select fresh turkey, $1.59/lb


  • Celery, $1/bunch
  • GreenLine green beans12 oz bag, BOGO*
  • Yams, $.99/lb

Other Grocery

  • Hot Cross Buns, 9 ct, $2.99/each
  • Land-o-Lakes Butter, $2.99/lb
  • Pantry Essentials frozen vegetables 12 oz., select varieties, $.99/each


  • Easter Lily, 6 in. pot, $7.77


Best Bargains this Week at Albertsons

Meat & Seafood

  • Ham, Cook’s Shank Portion, $1.29/lb
  • Honeysuckle White Turkey, frozen, $1.29/lb
  • Leg of Lamb, $6.99/lb


  • Broccoli crowns or Cauliflower, $.99/lb
  • Navel Oranges or Anjou Pears, $.99/lb
  • Pineapple, $.99/lb
  • Yams, $.99/lb

Other Grocery

  • Challenge Butter, $1.99/lb
  • Albertson’s or Essential Everyday sour cream, 16 oz, $1.25
  • Pict Sweet frozen vegetables, select varieties, $.77/bag
  • Duncan Hines Cake Mix, $1/box


  • Tulips, fresh cut, 5 stem bunch, $4.99
  • Easter Lily, 6 in. pot, $7.77

Best Bargains this Week at Fry’s

Meat & Seafood

  • Turkey, Private Selection or Jeannie –O, frozen, $.99/lb
  • Leg of Lamb, $6.99/lb
  • New York Strip Roast, $4.97/lb


  • Asparagus, $.98/lb
  • Broccoli or Cauliflower, $.78/lb
  • Apples, Gala, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Jazz, Ambrosia, $.99/lb
  • Blackberries or Strawberries, 6-16 oz., $2.50/lb

Other Grocery

  • Hot Cross buns, 9 ct., $2.99
  • Frozen Vegetables, Birds Eye, select varieties, $1/bag
  • Frozen Vegetables, Kroger brand, select varieties, $.98/bag
  • Marie Callender’s or Edwards frozen pies, select varieties, $4.99


  • Tulips, fresh cut assorted colors, 5 stem bunch, $3.99
  • Easter Lily, 6 inch pot, $7.88

* BOGO means Buy One Get a Second of Equal or Lesser Value Free


Glazes and Rubs for Ham


Sweet Glazes

Honey Glaze
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
Large Orange, juiced and zested
1 teaspoon dried mustard powder
¼ teaspoon ground cloves

Mix all ingredients in small saucepan, heat to boiling, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Brush on ham during last half your of cooking.

Jam Glaze
1 cup jam, try apricot, peach or cherry
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground clove

Mix all ingredients in small saucepan, heat to simmering, make sure sugar is dissolved, remove from heat. Brush on ham during last half hour of cooking.

Spicy Glazes/Rubs

Spicy Glaze
¼ cup melted butter
¼ cup packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground ancho chili powder
¼ teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon ground allspice

Mix all ingredients is small saucepan, heat to simmering, simmer 5 minutes or so, don’t let spices burn. Brush on ham during last half hour of cooking.

Spicy Rub
2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Mix all ingredients. Rub on ham before roasting.

For all these recipes, vary the spices and their amounts to suit your taste—go wild! If you have a favorite or make something new and startling, leave us a comment.

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