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Teygo's Mom is asking: (3 answers)
If soup recipe calls for a ham hock - do I buy a raw one or smoked? What could I use if I cant find the ham hocks? Thanks in advance, Teygo's Mom

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Last updated: Jan. 5, 2013 1:50 pm
Posted: Jan. 5, 2013 11:56 am
 
Answered by: iceemama
Jan. 5, 2013 12:05 pm
Good question! I guess it would depend on the recipe. The smoked one tastes like ham. If you can't find it, I would just sub ham.
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nanny129
Jan. 5, 2013 12:08 pm
check out smoked turkey parts- depending how much of the actual meat you want you can buy accordingly- if it is just for the flavor- you could get a wing- a bit healther- same basic flaver- i use it alot if i don't want to cook a whole ham- hocks ar too pricy for my use:-)
 
nanny129
Jan. 5, 2013 12:09 pm
next to the fresh chicken in the meat department of your grocery
 
Answered by: Teygo's Mom
Jan. 5, 2013 12:22 pm
Is there a difference when using raw vs smoked ham/turkey parts?
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nanny129
Jan. 5, 2013 12:43 pm
yes- you will need the smoked-(cooked & smoked) ham is basically "cooked" in the smoking process- raw ham is basically pork- like a roast-- i will see if i can find some info- i know i am not explaing very well-
 
Answered by: nanny129
Jan. 5, 2013 12:49 pm
http://www.thecitycook.com/cooking/advice/faq/000030
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nanny129
Jan. 5, 2013 12:51 pm
this explains the process- ham is basically "cooked" because of the curing- i.e.- you can eat ham when you buy it- but cooking enhances the flavor- same with smoked turkey- it is cooked
 
Teygo's Mom
Jan. 5, 2013 1:38 pm
Thanks Nanny129 - that website was very helpful. Looks like I'm just fine going with a smoked ham hock. I live in Chicago, but have great difficulty finding ham bones. I've always wondered if smoked hocks were problematic due to excess fat, but you just can't beat the flavor. I appreciate your help. Thanks again
 
nanny129
Jan. 5, 2013 1:50 pm
:-)- and- welcome to the buzz- don't be a stranger- we have alot of fun here!!!
 
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