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Which Ham Should I Buy?


photo of Snake River Farms kurobuta pork ham progression from a half ham to a whole bone-in ham


A glance at the calendar shows we’re well into the month November. Now is the time to order a Snake River Farms Kurobuta ham for your holiday dinner!  We offer our hams as both bone-in and boneless varieties and in multiple sizes. One of the most frequent questions we receive is “which ham should I buy?”

All Snake River Farms Kurobuta hams are produced using traditional curing methods and smoked over hardwood. This gives them a rich flavor and tender texture that has made them a tradition on holiday tables everywhere.

Bone-In or Boneless?
For a large group, it’s hard to beat a whole bone-in ham. The traditional size and shape provides a presentation at the table that is mouth-watering and picture-perfect. The bone helps insulate the surrounding meat so it cooks to a juicy and tender finish. One of the primary reasons home cooks prefer a bone-in ham is to use the remaining bone in a favorite recipe for split pea or bean soup. For smaller groups, our half bone-in hams provide the same benefits listed above but in a smaller size.

Bone-in hams do present a little more of a challenge to carve, which is where some people shy away from them. We would make the argument that carving a bone-in ham is actually easy and produced a video to demonstrate a fool-proof method.

Boneless hams feature the same curing process and use the same Kurobuta pork, but are very easy to slice and serve. The ham is completely usable so there is little, if any, waste. These hams are more compact in size and take up less room in your refrigerator or freezer.

Which Ham?
Once you’ve decided whether to order a boneless or bone-in ham, it’s important to determine the correct size for your dinner or event. We offer six different hams which are pictured at the top of this page. The following chart lists them in order, from left to right, and states their weight range and approximate number of 8 ounce servings. We recommend 8 ounces as a generous portion. If you anticipate larger appetites or want to have leftovers, order up a size.

  Half Boneless 3.5 to 4.5 lbs. 7 to 9
Half Bone-In, Small 6 to 8 lbs. 10 to 14
Whole Boneless 7 to 9 lbs. 12 to 17
Half Bone-In, Large 8 to 10 lbs. 14 to 18
Whole Bone-In 14 to 18 lbs. 22 to 30

Do a head count of the guests who will be attending your dinner, then use the chart to decide the best ham to purchase for your group.

Have questions? You can always contact our Customer Care team by phone (877.736.0193), email or chat to find the perfect ham for you.