Ever Wonder Why We Eat Ham For Easter Dinner ?
Happy Easter Everybunny!
Easter Sunday is fast approaching and I’m off to Honey Baked Hams to pick up our traditional Easter ham. It’s something a lot of do every year and the folks at Honey Baked are very happy about it. Heck, this year we ordered our ham online and I had to make an appointment to pick it up at a certain time on a certain day.
They must sell a million hams every year!
Honey Baked started in Detroit in 1924 when Harry Hoenselaar created a bone-in spiral-slicer that smoked and cooked a ham. Hoenselaar built his prototype spiral slicer using “a tire jack, a pie tin, a washing machine motor, and a knife”. That is one creative man!
Honey Baked started opening stores in 1957 and expanded now to almost 500 locations
Now, why do we eat so much ham on Easter?
Traditionally we ate lamb for our Easter dinner, but according to the research I have done, the biggest reason we have moved onto ham is we have become less reliant on sheep’s wool. Yes, that’s right, because we use less wool that means we have less need for sheep and lamb. In the 1940’s America had over 70 million sheep on farms, supplying wool and all sorts of other uses and now it’s down to less than 7 million. Now most of our clothing is synthetic wool and the taste for lamb has subsided over the years.
Some religions still prefer Easter Lamb like the Greek Orthodox who still overwhelming serve lamb not ham.
Thanks to Honey Baked Hams and other companies like Smithfield most Americans prefer a baked ham on the Easter table. One reason is the abundance of hogs farms in America, some estimates say there are over 70 million at any given moment.
Hams also took over the Easter table because unfortunately for the hogs, they were taken to slaughter in the fall and were aged and cured in time for the spring and Easter dinner. So, the lamb’s loss was the hog’s gain I suppose you can say.
Now you know the proverbial rest of the story and feel free to share with friends and family this Sunday, they might be impressed!