A Bone-In Ham is a butt or shank portion or a whole or half leg that has the hip, thigh and/or shank bone remaining as part of the ham. Bone-in hams tend to be more attractive and flavorful, with slightly longer cooking times, than other sorts of ham.
A classic bone in ham can be large and heavy because it consists of an entire upper fleshy portion of the leg. It can also be in the form of a pork butt which is only the upper portion of the leg. Pork butt is fattier. A shank end is the lower half of the leg which is much leaner.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Bone in ham is extremely easy to cook. Simply season it the way you'd like and most popularly, it is then roasted in the oven and served sliced. Cut it into squares and it can be boiled in a soup.
Conserving and Storing
If the ham is fresh, make sure to keep it in air tight in your refrigerator but it needs to be cooked promptly. By purchasing salted or smoked hams, they can last longer. On average, an unopened package of ham lasts about a week.