Berkshire Pork Bistro Ham


Berkshire Pork Bistro Ham




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Berkshire pork, also known as Kurobuta pork, makes the best ham. Our Berkshire pork bistro ham is uncured, unsmoked, fully-cooked, and ready-to-eat. This French-style ham is made without nitrates, nitrites, phosphates, or artificial fillers, and is seasoned simply with sea salt and raw cane sugar. The Berkshire hogs are raised on pasture, with no antibiotics or hormones, by a cooperative of small farms dedicated to humane and sustainable methods.

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Bistro ham – sometimes called jambon de Paris (literally Paris ham) is a fully-cooked and unsmoked specialty of French charcuterie.

Our bistro ham is extra tasty because it’s made with Berkshire-breed pork, also known as Kurobuta pork, renowned for its flavor and tenderness. Because of the marbling typical of the breed, we don't need to inject our hams with dubious ingredients to boost their moisture and texture. We use no artificial flavors, and no nitrates, nitrites, or phosphates to make this ham.

Cooked with the fat cap and skin on to retain moisture, create a lush texture and offer a rich porky flavor, this ham is truly a taste of France.

Because the pork is cooked with the skin on, collagen is released, and you will find a layer of natural gelatin covering the ham, as well as some juices. The gelatin is safe to eat, but can easily be removed by brushing or wiping the skin.

If you have a meat slicer, you can cut through the skin layer for thin slices, but you may also remove the skin with a knife before cutting into the ham.

Bring the bistro home with the classic ham used for croque monsieur and madame, or cube it for quiche Lorraine. You’ll find many ways to incorporate this ham into your recipes.

Just the facts

  • Exceptionally tender, well-marbled style of pork
  • Berkshire-breed pigs raised on pasture
  • No antibiotics or hormones* from birth
  • Handcrafted ham, fully cooked with skin on
  • Uncured and unsmoked
  • No nitrates, nitrites or phosphates
  • No artificial ingredients, colorings or preservatives
  • Fully cooked
  • Ready-to-eat
  • Gluten-free
  • Product of USA
  • For best taste on fresh products, use or freeze within 3-5 days of receipt; for frozen products, use within 1-2 days after thawing

*USDA regulations prohibit the use of hormones in pork

Our mission is to find farmers that share our vision of a more humane and sustainable way of rearing livestock. We respect our place in the food chain, and see farmers as true stewards of the land and environment. This is why we build real relationships with our farmers, and work only with those who respect nature and focus on the best animal welfare practices.

Our Berkshire hogs are happy hogs, raised by a cooperative of small farms in Missouri at the foot of the Ozark Mountains. This group of about a dozen family farms raises Berkshire and cross breeds, which we refer to simply as “heritage.” The hogs are fed on pasture, with access to water and supplemental grain consisting of corn, soybeans and rolled oats. No pesticides, animal by-products or fishmeal are allowed. The majority of the farms are sustainable “circle farms” that raise and grind their own feed for the pigs.

Families of pigs are left together, to forage and frolic outdoors in pasture land. The indoor spaces offer at least 15 square feet of space per animal, and sows are never put in gestation crates.

The cooperative is strict about banning the use of antibiotics and hormones* on each farm and limiting the number of hogs the farms raise. They seek to add another farmer to the cooperative before they add more pigs to any one farm, making the process more humane for all concerned.They are paid a premium for their humanely-raised pork, making the small family farm a profitable business, and proving that there might be a future in the old breeds after all.

*USDA regulations prohibit the use of hormones in pork.

Drain the natural juices from the package, and wipe or brush off the layer of gelatin from the skin. While the gelatin is safe to eat, it may not be welcome in your cooking plans.

If you have a meat slicer, you can cut right through the skin layer for thin slices, in the American style, or opt for thicker French slices using a sharp knife. You may also remove the skin with a knife - just cut into the rind and gently separate it from the ham underneath, a section at a time, before slicing the ham.

Bistro ham is the classic ham used for croque monsieur and madame in France and is also one of three ingredients in the famous jambon-beurre sandwich. The other two are unsalted, softened French butter and a thin baguette, which combine to make a much-loved Parisian specialty.

Make a ham and cheese sandwich like the French, with several slices layered with good cheese on a thin baguette with Dijon mustard, which can also be pressed and served hot.

Bistro ham is also easy to cube and use in recipes like quiche Lorraine. We hope you will find many ways to incorporate this ham into your recipes.

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Our Berkshire Ham

Our ham begins with Berkshire hogs raised humanely on small family farms dedicated to traditional methods. Fully-cooked and made all naturally without the usual additives, this is old-fashioned, full-flavored ham as it should be.

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