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.