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Buy­ing your ham

You should be able to buy a ham of this size in the su­per­mar­ket, but if you or­der one from the butcher, you can be more spe­cific with what you want. If you like a deep smoky flavour, go for smoked; ask the butcher how smoky their hams are as they vary hugely. If you want some­thing more neu­tral, un­smoked is best. Also ask your butcher if the ham needs soak­ing. Some hams are pre-soaked to re­move some of the salt. If they rec­om­mend soak­ing the ham be­fore cook­ing, place it in a bucket or pan, cover in cold wa­ter, chang­ing it 2-3 times over 24 hrs be­fore cook­ing.

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