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3 Tips For The Best Christmas Ham

3 Tips For The Best Christmas Ham

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a magnificent smoked leg ham at the centre of the table. And when it comes to choosing, carving and storing your Christmas ham there a few simple tips to follow.


Tip: Buy an Aussie Christmas ham


The best Christmas ham is an Australian ham. Australian Christmas hams - including our popular Smokehouse Leg and Easy-Cut varieties - are fresh and locally sourced. 

By contrast, if you look carefully at supermarket ham labels you may find they are made from frozen, imported Pork. This can mean you’re buying a ham that’s not as fresh or tasty as it could be.

Typically, Australian Christmas ham is sold through independent grocers, delis and butchers (check out our list of NSW and QLD stockists). To be sure you’re buying a true blue Aussie leg, look for the Pink ‘PorkMark’ logo or country of origin label, or simply buy a bone-in variety. All Kaczanowski hams are made from 100% certified Australian Pork.


Tip: Carve to minimise wastage


Do you struggle to get the most out of your Christmas ham? Chef Mitch Edwards explains how to properly prepare and carve your Christmas ham on the bone. With careful carving you can minimise wastage and keep the ham fresher for longer.


Tip: Store in a vinegar-soaked bag


Christmas ham can be stored in a ham bag soaked in a solution of 4 cups water and 2 tablespoons vinegar. If you don’t have a ham bag you can use old pillowcase or linen tea towel.

Wring out excess water and place ham in the bag (or pillowcase or tea towel). Store the wrapped ham in the coolest part of your fridge, we suggest 3 degrees. With proper storage, your ham will remain fresh and give you leftovers for many days.

(Remember to re-soak bag in solution every few days or when the ham bag, pillowcase or tea towel dries out).

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We are an Australian producer of gourmet cooked and cured meats, renowned for our award-winning Pastrami and Christmas hams. All Kaczanowski products use certified Australian-grown Pork, Beef, Lamb and Chicken - prepared fresh daily to recipes passed down through our family.