Shortly after we moved to France in 2002 we bought a whole air-dried ham: mostly, because we could and because I'd always wanted one. Quite soon we were hooked, and we now get though at least one a year, often two and occasionally three. If you like ham, but find the idea of buying a whole one improbable or even intimidating, read these entries and the chances are that sooner or later you'll try it.The trick lies in choosing a good one. A low-quality ham is flaccid, tasteless and may well attract mites and even (as we experienced on one disgusting occasion) maggots. Several of the early pages here about ham are about how to find a good one.

Ham: Starting Out

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