Feb 162011

Photo of Virginia Ham

Ingredient Name: Virginia Ham. Also called Country Ham

Ingredient Name in Chinese: 弗吉尼亞 火腿 (Fú jín ní yǎ huǒ tuǐ). A substitute for the Chinese Ham “金華火腿” which is not sold in the U.S.


  • Virginia Ham is a variety of salt-cured, smoked, and aged country ham made in the United States.
  • It is typically very salty in taste.
  • They are usually sold in stores unrefrigerated and not fully cooked as a whole bone-in ham packaged in rough cotton bags.
  • They are also sold in ready-to-cook, pre-sliced, vacuum-sealed packages.

Virginia Ham Uses and Health Benefits:


  • If using in a soup recipe, rinse and rub the country ham with your hands quickly to remove some of the salt cure and any mold that may be on the surface.
  • If baking, pan-frying, or used in other non-boiling methods of cooking, the ham should be soaked for several hours to remove more of the salt cure.

Where to buy:

  • Sold in specialty grocery stores, or online.

How do you use your Virginia Country Ham? Leave a comment below to share your ideas.

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