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Comments on: John Morrell Cooked Ham: Where’s the Beef?

Exposing the strings and catches buried in the fine print.

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By: Alexa

Sat, 20 Sep 2008 08:15:25 +0000

The amount of ham does not necessarily equal the amount of meat protein. An entire ham, straight off the pig, after all, is not 100% meat protein since 90% of the body is water. So we know that 17% of this product consist of protein, and then the rest consists of the other components of the ham and their additives.

By: J

Tue, 30 Oct 2007 21:26:53 +0000

Lesson in all of this: EAT WHOLE FOOD! Stop eating processed garbage that you can't pronounce or identify! Buy a fresh, whole ham and bake it yourself! Food shouldn't be that complicated.

By: Richard

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 01:13:46 +0000

In July 2007 I became upset after noticing the amount of water contained in the John Morrell center cut ham steaks packeged in vacuum sealed plastic wrapping. I had purchased two of the ham steaks so with the second one I used some Bounty paper towels, weighed them and then pressed as much water as I could out of the ham into the paper towels and weighed them again. The weight of the water absorbed by the paper towels = 27% of the stated weight of the ham steak. You encounter the same situation when you buy whole chickens from Claxton or Tyson. It's probably the same with other poultry packing houses. Claxton Poultry is about twenty five miles from here so I called the plant and a supervisor told me that they are allowed to put the water in there. The water content of the Claxton chicken was 23%, counting the weight of the sanitary napkin looking thing in the package with the chicken. The weight of the chicken was not stated on the Claxton package but on the Harvey's grocery store meat market weight/price per lb./price lable. I believe the reason this goes on is because so many people are apathetic to the situation, just as they are about politics. The only way I know to beat unscrupulous market place practices is to grow your own.

By: Adam

Wed, 12 Sep 2007 23:38:01 +0000

I'm a little late on this topic. What is basically going on with ham and water product based on the USDA definition is this: 5% is fat 95% is ham/water. the usda says 17% has to be ham "protein". so 17% of 95% (16.15% of the total package) is actually ham protein. not water, additives, or fat. so any "ham and water product" will be less than 17% ham. this particular package is 35% ground ham and ham shank. so they grind the whole thing up, bone and all and put it in the package. this is still probably around only 20% ham, leaving it with 15% ground bone. eww.

By: Poustman

Thu, 31 May 2007 11:33:37 +0000

This is one reason I just don't buy this kind of packaged stuff. Most of us simply can't figure out what it is we're actually buying if we do. Buy a real piece of meat and just slice it yourself. (Real meat too expensive? Budgeting for cable TV? Personally if I had to choose I'd choose to spend on food rather than TV or other entertainments.)