I’ve written about Appleton Farms products before; it’s the in-house brand that Aldi has. This is about their “Butt Portion Bone In Ham Water Added.” To me, it’s significant that “water added” is part of the main product description, and in the ingredients you’ll find a host of “salts.” Salt + water = brine = increased product weight = deterioration of meat muscle and texture.
At least to me. Anytime I run into a brine injected muscle meat, the texture puts me off. I’m sure it’s fine for the masses, tender, soft, but to me, it’s lost all connection to the animal flesh it started out as.
This ham is smoked and otherwise, the flavor is good. I was able to “save it” a pleasurable experience for me by pan frying slices of the ham, removing most of the water. Aldi contracts with Gusto Packing, outside of Chicago, to produce this ham. Gusto also makes boneless hams and bacon on a contract basis. The Gusto plant is pictured below.
Gusto was purchased by Butterball a couple years back. When searching for info on the company, I saw this story about one of Gusto’s executives getting kidnapped a few years back. For ransom. You don’t see that much anymore.
Appleton Farms Ham Review