28th November 2019

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Are uncured hams cooked?

Since the meat is not cured or smoked, it has the flavor of a fresh pork loin roast or pork chops. Its raw color is pinkish red and after cooking, grayish white. Ham that does not contain a cure must be labeled “Fresh.” This also applies to cooked product, “Cooked Uncured Ham.”

What does it mean if a ham is cured?

Hams that are brine cured are either soaked in or injected with a mixture that is usually made up of water, sugar, salt and sodium nitrates. After a few days the brine is rinsed off, and the ham is then cooked and sometimes smoked.
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