National Glazed Spiral Ham Day is a food holiday observed annually on April 15. This gourmet looking dish often found at a holiday feast, originated in the basement of Harry J. Hoenselaar.
- In 1952, the Detroit, Michigan entrepreneur patented not only his spiral slicer but the ham glaze as well. His innovative device made it possible for the entire bone-in ham to be sliced in one continuous and even spiral. The result was not only perfect for baking and serving. It was also a beautifully rendered main course.
- Then in 1957, Hoenselaar founded HoneyBaked Ham.
- Harry J. Hoenselaar opened his first HoneyBaked Ham outpost in 1957, after buying the HoneyBaked Ham Company from his former employer’s widow for $500. Hoenselaar had to remortgage his house to make the payment, but he was able to open the doors of his store just months later.
- The brand boasts about its unmatched quality, and for good reason: All of the ones that make it to the stores have to pass a 16-point inspection — which only one out of every ten hams clear
- The Hormel Company of Austin, Minnesota sold the first canned ham in 1926.
- Mainz ham is a German ham that is brined, soaked in brandy or wine lees (or a mixture of both) and then smoked for a long period.
- A country ham is much drier than injected-cured hams and has a sharper flavored due to its high salt content.
- A pig scratches himself with his right leg, which uses the muscles more often, so the meat will be tougher. Aim for the left leg if you can.
- On the Apollo 13 mission, the crew managed to create a functioning CO2 filter out of duct tape and glazed ham.
- Chicago artist Dwight Kalb made a statue of Madonna from 180 pounds of ham.