A: A Virginia ham is a dry-cured ham, unlike the smoked variety we are used to buying. A dried-cured ham is hung in a sack for several months.
The flavor is much different than a smoked ham which appeals to some people. These hams are more popular down south, but some specialty shops may carry them.
Q: Pork shoulder seems to be about the cheapest pork meat out there. Right? What can I do with it other than just fry it like a regular chop?
A: Pork shoulder is divided into two pieces; a fresh picnic and a shoulder butt. Fresh picnics can be smoked for hams or cooked as a heavily spiced roast. It has much waste because it has a lot of skin and bone.
Pork shoulder butts have a larger variety of use such as pork steaks, boneless pork roast, cottage hams or even city chicken.
Q: What's the deal with free-range chickens? Just what does it mean and does it make a difference?
A: A free-range chicken is a term that describes a chicken free of antibiotics or hormones. Like most things that are not mass-produced, they do cost more.
Due to health concerns, some people are required to eat hormone-free meats.
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