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Sandra and Maurice of Pingelly Quality Meats, Western Australia, took out the Best Artisan Ham and Best Boneless Ham categories in the Australian PorkMark Ham Awards.
APL’s Peter Haydon and Peter Smith with Woolworths’ Alan Nunan and Rob Carratt after the retailer won Best Nationally Available Ham in the Australian PorkMark Ham Awards.
Christmas hams in season and set to satisfy
DECORATIONS have been up for months but the appearance of Christmas hams is the sure sign the festive sea- son has arrived.
Australian Pork Lim- ited Marketing Manager Mitch Edwards said a bone-in Aussie ham was the most popular festive meat and intrinsically linked to Christmas.
“Now is the time to start your celebrations because quality Australian hams are now in season,” he said.
“Select the best for your festive feast, but also con- sider a second ham to im- press your guests during the party season.
“A boneless ham is per- fect to use for canapes and a traditional bone-in ham can get you in the spirit.
“For Christmas Day, Aussie ham is a stunning centrepiece, and after that, freshly sliced ham satis- fies during lazy summer days.”
Christmas can be a busy time of year, but the Australian PorkMark Ham Awards have done the hard work and found the best 100 percent Aus- tralian hams across three separate categories.
Chefs Paul McDonald and Simon Bestley teamed up with Fleischmeister Horst Schurger, who has a Master’s Degree in Butch- ering and Smallgoods, to assess more than 140 en- tries to find the best tra- ditional bone-in, boneless and nationally available hams.
The Best Artisan Ham and Best Boneless Ham was awarded to Pingelly Quality Meats, Pingelly, Western Australia, for a ham the judges described as perfectly smoky and sweet, with a brilliant ini- tial taste, true to style and even colouring.
Best Traditional Bone-In Ham was awarded to Ba- rossa Fine Foods, South Australia, with judges
noting its well-balanced and very mild flavours, mild smoke and excellent texture.
The judges awarded the Best Nationally Available Ham to Woolworths for the Woolworths Half Leg Ham – Bone In, which had a great cure and creamy fat, good salt and great colour.
While bone-in hams, like those that feature at Christmas, are guaranteed to be Australian, the same can’t be said for all ham.
“Many people are still surprised to find more than two-thirds of ham sold in Australia is made from imported pork,” Mr Edwards said.
“So if you’re picking up a boneless ham, look for the pink PorkMark or the words Product of Aus- tralia.”
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APL general manager of Marketing Peter Haydon pre- sented Franz and Alex Knoll of Barossa Fine Foods with their award for Best Traditional Bone-In Ham.
Australian PorkMark Ham Award judges Paul McDonald, Simon Bestley and Horst Schurger assessed more than 140 hams in this year’s competition.
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Pingelly Quality Meats
Overall winner and Best Artisan Ham
Pingelly, WA
Australia’s Best Boneless Ham
Pingelly, WA Warana, Qld Mona Vale, NSW
(08) 9887 1416
(08) 9887 1416 (07) 5437 6730 (02) 9997 4147
(08) 8255 3900 (07) 5474 1666 0401 748 879
(02) 8885 1033 (03) 9355 5109 (02) 8885 1033
1st 2nd 3rd
1st 2nd 3rd
1st 2nd HC
Pingelly Quality Meats Sunvalley Fine Foods German Butchery
Barossa Fine Foods
Noosa Meat Centre
Lago and Paramount Smallgoods
Edinburgh North, SA Noosaville, Qld Melbourne, Vic
Woolworths Bertocchi Australian Woolworths
Nationally Available
Half Leg Ham – Bone In Leg Ham – Hickory Smoked Whole Leg Ham – Bone In
Australia’s Best Traditional Bone-in Ham

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