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Where's the best place to buy inexpensive hams?

by Jeff Cavanaugh » Fri Nov 11, 2011 2:22 pm

My wife and I are in charge of buying hams for a Thanksgiving meal at church next week. Where's the best place to get relatively inexpensive hams to feed a crowd (~100 people)? We were planning to try Costco on Saturday, but if anyone has a recommendation for someplace better, let me know. Fully cooked and spiral-sliced preferred.
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Re: Where's the best place to buy inexpensive hams?

by Kari L » Fri Nov 11, 2011 2:45 pm

I have heard good things about Aldi's spiral-sliced hams. I'm sure they are probably the cheapest per lb out there.
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Re: Where's the best place to buy inexpensive hams?

by Gary Guss » Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:25 pm

Aldi's has great spiral sliced hams at $1.69/ lb
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Re: Where's the best place to buy inexpensive hams?

by RonnieD » Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:31 pm

I third the Aldi vote.
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Re: Where's the best place to buy inexpensive hams?

by Robin F. » Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:39 pm

I bought an Alid ham yesterday. I cooked one this summer and it was great!
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Re: Where's the best place to buy inexpensive hams?

by Deb Hall » Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:09 pm

Maybe GFS, too.

I wouldn't bother with Costco- their spiral-cut ham is very good ( no more Honey-baked for us), but they are more expensive and you'll need alot to feed 100 people.

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Re: Where's the best place to buy inexpensive hams?

by Leah S » Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:03 pm

As you know, I don't eat meat, but I do see a LOT of hams in the carts at Aldi. They must be good!
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Re: Where's the best place to buy inexpensive hams?

by Carol C » Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:37 pm

I did an Aldi's ham last year on the recommendation of the Forum and it was one of the best that I have tried. Would certainly endorse your trying them for your church function.
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Re: Where's the best place to buy inexpensive hams?

by Lois Mauk » Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:39 pm

Absolutely go with the Aldi's spiral ham. Excellent product. Usually only available from October until Easter, for whatever reason. We wanted one this past summer and couldn't find them. The manager said they'd be back by November.

Check out their holiday catalog at:
http://aldi.us/us/html/offers/weekly_ads_ENU_HTML.php

They're $1.69 a pound right now, 8-pound average.

Fully cooked. Pre-sliced. Includes glaze packet.
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Re: Where's the best place to buy inexpensive hams?

by Dan Thomas » Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:57 pm

In additon, I'm quite fond of the Kentucky Legend brand of ham they sell at Kroger.
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Re: Where's the best place to buy inexpensive hams?

by Steve P » Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:09 pm

Dan Thomas wrote:In additon, I'm quite fond of the Kentucky Legend brand of ham they sell at Kroger.


Love me some Kroger meats 8)
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Re: Where's the best place to buy inexpensive hams?

by Jeff Cavanaugh » Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:59 pm

Thanks for the recommendations on the Aldi hams, all. They were a big hit. They were so good, in fact, I'm not sure why anyone would pay more anywhere else (for a non-organic, conventionally farmed ham, anyway).
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Re: Where's the best place to buy inexpensive hams?

by Gary Guss » Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:55 pm

good old Aldi's the non-hipster Trader Joe's
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Re: Where's the best place to buy inexpensive hams?

by Lois Mauk » Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:12 pm

Jeff, it warms the cockles of my heart that you liked the ham from Aldi's. Seriously. I think it's pretty darned awesome, for the price. We have a lot of favorite items we pick up there on a regular basis.

BTW, their Belmont brand PEACH pie is possibly the best you'll find this side of an orchard. (The apple's "okay" but the peach is amazing.) And don't get me started on their sweet potato casserole with praline topping.
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