Apparently I'm something of a freak because it seems like almost everyone I know loves ham. It's not that I hate ham, I just would rather not eat anything than eat ham. I realize that sounds like I hate it because I'd rather starve than eat it, but I really don't feel all that strongly about it.
Oddly enough, I'm okay with ham and most pork products while I'm pregnant. You should have seen the shock on my husband's face the first time I asked for a little bacon when I was pregnant with our son. . .ha! I'd only eaten bacon maybe ten times in my entire life up to that point so it was surprising to me too. This time around, I'm put off by foods that I normally like very much (like turkey) and I'm gobbling up foods that I normally would never even think of eating or drinking (like orange juice and, well, pork).
I've been asked why I normally don't like ham and I thought I'd explore that a little bit tonight.
1. Ham is a pink meat. Humans look a little "pink" on the inside. In my mind, this means that ham tastes like a human would taste. Not logical, I know, but I'm not a Vulcan (I am a massive nerd though, right?) and I don't always deal with life logically.
2. I like salty snacks best, but I don't like really salty food and ham almost always tastes too salty. Sweat is salty and ham is salty and that returns me back to my sentiments on point 1 above. :::shudder:::
3. I don't like sweet food all that much and, if ham isn't too salty, it's too sweet and covered in sticky and disgusting honey. I know, I know; too sweet, too salty. Who do I think I am, Goldilocks?
4. I'm not fond of pork in general and, well, ham is pork. Why don't I like pork? Because it's usually cooked to death and I freaking hate dry & tough meat. This is why I prefer steaks medium-rare and why I don't like most people's non-brined turkeys. I realize that fear of trichinosis is what drives most people to serve overdone pork, but it is only necessary to cook pork to around 140 degrees. You don't want to consume undercooked pork, but it absolutely doesn't have to be cooked to 180 degrees either.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a big ol' pot of beans (pintos & great northerns) and ham that is calling my name!