The Dry curing of hams is often referred to as an art. The proven methods used to dry cure hams have been handed down to each generation by our Appalachian forefathers. Today the dry curing of hams is one of the few traditions that technology has not significantly altered but actually enhanced. We duplicate the natural seasons of winter, spring, summer and fall to create product that has a distinctive flavor profile and makes a great ingredient in most any recipe. If you are not familiar with country salt cured hams they have a strong salty taste which can be reduced by soaking prior to cooking. You can find a variety of good recipes on how to prepare and cook a whole country hams on the internet. Some folks just like to carve off just enough to cook at one time. Our hams are cured by a North Carolina family business who have won many awards including Country Ham Grand Champion in 2013. Our uncooked country ham products do not require refrigeration, so they can be shipped in a box without other packing materials. According to the USDA, uncooked country hams are safe to store at room temperature because they contain so little water bacteria cannot multiply in them.