National Glazed Spiral Ham Day is America’s annual celebration of this great product. It features original flavor and great aroma, giving a different perspective on the classic ham. The holiday falls on April 15.
Ham has been known since ancient times. Historians claim that the Chinese began to cook it before our era. The advantages of salted and lightly smoked meat were obvious: it acquired excellent flavor, as well as significantly increased shelf life. Ham was an obligatory product among travelers and wanderers. Now one did not have to worry that the meat would spoil quickly and become unfit for consumption.
Popularization in Europe, and during the colonial era in the United States, led to a huge number of fans of this product. Ham has always been sliced with a knife, trying to trim the bone as much as possible. In 1952, the process was made much easier by H. D. Hoenselaar, who invented the spiral slicer. The ham was put on a spike, and the double blades cut the meat beautifully, creating a spiral pattern. In addition to the usual ham, they also began to make its glazed version. In addition, a glaze was prepared (for example, sugar was mixed with spices, turned into caramel and covered a piece of meat with it).
- There are different kinds of ham. In addition to the standard smoked, there are boiled ham, dried ham, canned ham, etc.
- Different countries have their own recipes for creating ham. In the Philippines, for example, the product is stewed in sweet syrup until the salt is completely removed. The result is a sweet meat.
- Ham is an excellent source of animal protein and saturated acids, but frequent consumption should be avoided because of its high sodium content.
How to celebrate
Visit catering establishments to enjoy the taste of glazed spiral ham. Prepare it yourself, don’t be afraid to experiment with types of glaze, create the perfect version for yourself. Recipes can easily be found on the Internet.
Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Ask users if they’ve tried the glazed ham. What was their impression of it?
When National Glazed Spiral Ham Day celebrated in 2024?
National Glazed Spiral Ham Day is observed on April 15 each year.