Decorations have been up for months, but the appearance of Christmas hams is the sure sign the festive season has arrived.
Adelaide Food Central and other invited guests were present at 4Fourteen Restaurant for the Christmas Ham Season Launch as well as the announcement of the winners of the Australian PorkMark Ham Awards.
Australian Pork Limited Marketing Manager, Mitch Edwards, said a bone-in Aussie ham was the most popular festive meat and intrinsically linked to Christmas.
“Now is the time to start your celebrations because quality Australian hams are now in season,” he said.
“Select the best for your festive feast, but also consider a second ham to impress your guests during the party season. A boneless ham is perfect to use for canapes, or a traditional bone-in ham can get you into the spirit”
“For Christmas Day, Aussie ham is a stunning centrepiece, and after that, freely sliced ham satisfies during lazy summer days.”
Christmas can be a busy time of year, but the Australian PorkMark Ham Awards have done the hard work and found the best 100% Australian hams across three separate categories.
Chefs Paul McDonald and Simon Bestley teamed up with Fleischmeister Horst Schurger, who has a Master’s Degree in Butchering and Smallgoods, to assess more than 140 entries to find the best traditional bone-in, boneless and nationally available hams.
Guests at 4Fourteen Restaurant were able to assess for themselves a fraction of the best boneless and bone-in hams in the country.
The Best Artisan Ham and Best Boneless Ham was awarded to Pingelly Quality Meats, Pingelly, Western Australia, for a ham the judges described as perfectly smoky and sweet, with a brilliant initial taste, true to style and with even colouring.
The Best Traditional Bone-In Ham was awarded to Barossa Fine Foods, South Australia, with judges noting its well balanced and very mild flavours, mild smoke and excellent texture.
The judges awarded the Best Nationally Available Ham to Woolworths for the Woolworths Half Leg Ham – Bone In, which had a great cure, great creamy fat, good salt and great colour. While bone-in hams, like those that feature at Christmas are guaranteed to be Australian, the same can’t be said for all ham.
“Many people are still surprised to find that more than two thirds of ham sold in Australia is made from imported pork,” Mr Edwards said.
“So if you’re picking up a boneless ham, look for the pink PorkMark or the words Product of Australia.”
For more winners of this year’s Australian PorkMark Ham Awards, plus recipes, tips and tricks for your Christmas ham, visit www.pork.com.au