Turkey Ham?

What is Turkey Ham?

When I wrote on Monday 5th ( Wild birds not to blame ) about the Lorries from Hungary, mainstream media were still reporting the sparrow through the ventilation shaft story, and the Bernard Mathews offcial line seemed to be that the outbreak of H5N1 in Hungary was not connected in any way. “All our birds are British,” he said. “The fact that we have a Hungarian operation is immaterial”

Now the truth is beginning to emerge .

Bernard Matthews, Britain’s largest turkey producer, imports 37 tonnes of partly-processed turkey meat from Hungary every week

And now the Telegraph reports

Supermarkets are facing a possible nationwide recall of processed turkey products in an attempt to halt the spread of bird flu.

What are processed turkey products?

From Is Bernard Matthews stuffed?

He invented the “self-basting” Golden Norfolk Turkey, to address the bird’s tendency to produce dried-out meat. And he followed that over the next two decades with products rejoicing in names such as Turkey Breast Roast, Turkey Fillets, Crispy Crumb Turkey Steaks, Golden Drummers, Mini Kievs and – dubious though middle-class parents may have found it – the UK’s first shaped poultry product for children, Turkey Dinosaurs.

….Turkey Twizzlers – became the object of the chef Jamie Oliver‘s scorn. He singled them out for criticism in his campaign to improve the nation’s school dinners in his television series Jamie’s School Dinners. The product, in which processed turkey was combined with pork fat, contained – Oliver complained – outrageously unhealthy levels of saturated fat. The firm dropped the product, a move that coincided with a £13m drop in operating profits.

Bernard Matthews is the No 1 brand of cooked meats in the UK – one pack of its Wafer Thin Turkey Ham is sold every second, perhaps as a low calorie or cheap alternative to real ham.

What is turkey ham made from? Well it turns out that is does contain some turkey, but no pork meat. There is a cow product though, about one third water, and far too much salt. Ingredients:

“turkey (60%), water, salt, stabilisers, potato & rice starch, milk protein, dextrose, whey protein, flavouring, antioxidant, acidity regulator, flavouring, preservative, yeast extract, garlic” So that’s what turkey ham is made from.

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13 Responses to Turkey Ham?

  1. sharon says:

    so is the flavouring ham

  2. ASP Web Hosting says:

    i have been stuffing my face with turkey ham all evening, wondering how the hell this watery salty stuff has combined pig and bird meat in it… now I know… its just a mismatch of additives. which is the cow ingredient though?

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  4. Jimbob says:

    What has any of this got to do with HAM? Am I the only one that doesn’t understant? Why not call it turkey T-bone, turkey tuna, or turkey bloody Ferrari? Doesn’t ham HAVE TO COME FROM SWINE? Ruddy Bernard ruddy Mathews! CHEAT CHEAT CHEAT CHEAT CHEAT

  5. Chris says:

    To Ham is the process of curing and smoking. Pig is not required, only common.

    • Andy Roberts says:

      I didn’t know that ham could be used as a verb like that. So it’s nothing to do with the Spanish Jamón or French le jambon then, well not directly.

      The online etymology dictionary suggest the word describes a part of the body rather than a process, so indeed it could apply to any animal that has a bended knee and shin bone. Do turkeys have these?

      “meat of a hog’s hind leg used for food,” 1637, from O.E. hamm “hollow or bend of the knee,” from P.Gmc. *kham- (cf. O.N. höm, M.Du. hamme), from PIE *konemo- “shin bone,” originally “be crooked” (cf. Gk. kneme “part between the knee and ankle,”

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  8. Theresa says:

    So. what are the smoke flavorings made from . huh?

  9. BETTY says:

    WELL TELL ME THIS IF THERE’S NO HAM IN THIS MEAT…..BY THE WAY I DON’T EAT PORK SO WHY DOES THIS TURKEY/HAM CALLED THAT IF THERE’S NO PORK IN IT…..AND IF THE LITTLE WHITE MEAT IN THIS PRODUCT MUST BE TURKEY….AND THE REST IS HAM RIGHT…..LIKE I SAID WHY CALLED TURKEY HAM….COULD YOU ANSWER THIS QUESTION??THERE IS MORE HAM THAN THERE IS TURKEY RIGHT?????

    • Andy Roberts says:

      Yeah, that’s right there’s no ham or pork or pig product in this meat, (probably). It’s called ham because it’s manufactured to look like ham, in thin slices, but made from cheaper turkey meat instead of the top of pigs legs. Just like Turkey bacon is suitable for people who don’t eat pork, and is served in my local mediterranean cafe in an area where there are halal butchers etc.

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