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Black Forest Deli Ham

In Germany, this boneless ham is a traditional regional specialty produced according to strict “Protected Geographic Indication” regulations. Could any domestic versions compare?

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In Germany, this boneless ham is a traditional regional specialty produced according to strict “Protected Geographic Indication” regulations. The dark exterior comes from smoke as well as a mixture of salt and spices, including garlic, sugar, and juniper berries. (Some producers dip the ham in cow’s blood to darken its exterior.) In Germany, the curing and smoking can take up to thr...