Last month I revisited Pastoral Smallgoods in Waterloo.
Headed up by Jonathan Sankey, they were last year’s winner of the best Traditional Bone-In Leg Ham in the prestigious Australian Ham Awards run by Australian Pork Limited.
A tour of their super-clean factory taught me a lot about the journey Aussie pork takes between the farm and our Xmas tables, with this busy little producer selling their award-winning hams to everyone from David Jones Foodhall to ALDI.
However if you’re a bit sick of waiting until Xmas time for quality ham, they’ve recently come up with a new product I think you might enjoy. It's an English-style raw ham that you roast up at home.
The Gammon Ham Roast (Smoked) [RRP $18.99/1.5kg] comes in the perfect size to feed a dinner table full of guests, with enough slices left over for sandwiches the next day, or maybe a breakfast fry up with ham and eggs? If you follow their website cooking instructions, you’re assured of getting a nice bit of crackling up top.
While I preferred the simpler smoked version for reasons of versatility (and crackling), there’s also a Gammon Ham Roast (Herb Dusted) [RRP $18.99/1.5kg] adaptation for the same price.
You can pick both types at your local Harris Farm, and surprise the family of choice with a different sort of Sunday roast. Against honey carrots, green beans and baked spuds, it's sure to go down a treat!