Growing up as a kid, my parents were pretty poor. I didn't know there was any other kind of ham until I got into my 20's. Now I'm strictly a Kirkland ham guy. Canned hams have a lot of water in them. But alongside a good pile of au gratin potatoes, I wouldn't turn it down.
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As a kid we always had canned hams. My Mom used to put pineapple rounds on top, with a cherry in the middle, all of which were skewered into place with whole cloves. I think that, at the time, there weren't other choices that weren't very expensive. Now, like another poster, I get a spiral sliced ham from Costco (cheap, $1.99 a pound).
I believe all of the canned hams are "chopped, pressed, and formed." Not that this makes them bad, but you have to see what they are "enhanced" with. Too many chemicals, sodium, water, etc.
Still, now that you mention it, I think I'll get one. As another poster said I'll try to find a Dubuque or a Hormel (it's what my Mom used) and give it a try for old times sake.
Sometimes, it's good to revisit our childhood food experiences.
Here's one of mine:
Oscar Meyer Bologna w/Velveeta cheese on Wonder Bread
I remember growing up, my mom would take a church key, and punch openings (6-8) around one edge of the can. Stick it in the oven for 10-15 minutes to melt the gelatin, pour it off, then use a turkey baster to pump in your favorite BBQ sauce. We liked it!
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