Thursday 19 April 2018

Taste test SliceD ham

Katy McGuinness

Is there a more staple Irish food than sliced ham? Stalwart of the school lunch and the hang sangwidge, there's probably not a fridge in the country that doesn't have a packet on its shelves. Our testers preferred the flavour and texture of slices of 'real' ham (from one cut) over formed ham (amalgamated from many different cuts). Still, none of these hams is a patch on the one that your mother makes at Christmas.

Tesco Finest Traditionally Cured Irish Ham, 140g, €3, 8/10

The Wiltshire cure used on Tesco's Irish ham makes for a pleasant, mild flavour and a shorter list of ingredients than most of the other hams that we tested. The meat is sliced from topside joints and the texture is good.

Brady Family Ham, 100g, €2.99, 7/10

Decent flavour and texture, and our testers liked the subtle glaze of honey, mustard, brown sugar and cloves. The packaging claims 'real ham' status, and it's not formed.

Henry Denny's Fire & Smoke Ham, 100g, €2.99, 7/10

This 'maple fire grilled' ham has a good flavour that would certainly add interest to a boring old ham sandwich. The pictures on the label show a bearded pit master and the text describes a low and slow cooking process, secret glazes and a final burst over crackling flames. It's still formed ham though.

Delgany Farm Crumbed Ham, 100g, €2.79 6/10

There's no information about Delgany Farm on the label of this formed ham that's produced for Donnybrook Fair. The flavour is fine, but the texture is lacking.

Carroll's Crumbed Ham, 320g, €4, 4/10

This bumper pack of ham from Carroll's of Tullamore is certainly cheap, and will appeal to anyone with a lot of sandwiches to make, but the flavour is bland and texture is slippy. It's another formed ham.

Irish Independent

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