With exactly a month until the big day, a Christmas ham is right at the top of the shopping list.
Australian Pork has put this year’s supermarket hams to the test, with one winner scooping the top awards for best taste and value.
Cutting through the confusion about what to buy this year, four judges blind-tested 20 hams from all the major supermarkets.
For these experts, it’s all about the texture, tenderness, aroma, and flavour.
Australian Pork CEO Margo Andrae says it’s important that consumers know what to choose and what to look for when buying their Christmas ham.
Ham sales are up 20 per cent from 2020, as families prepare for a much-needed celebration after another tough year.
This year’s Australian Pork Ham Awards winner was from Woolworths.
Its double-smoked half-leg ham voted the best in 2021.
At $12.50 a kilo, the judges described it as “deliciously delicate.”
Woolies also won the Best Value Ham with its budget-priced smoked half leg.
Coles, Costco, and IGA’s top hams cost just $8.50 a kilo, with ALDI’s best-selling ham just a few dollars more.
The judges loved Costco’s Berkshire ham, awarding it Best Premium Buy.
Eighty per cent of shoppers buy their Christmas ham from supermarkets, with anything on the bone guaranteed to be locally produced.
Those who are doing it tough will be able to enjoy a Christmas meal too, with hams being donated to Foodbank, ensuring a Christmas Day feed for those less fortunate.