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What happens if you eat 112-year-old ham?

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 07:39 PM

A ham in the US said to be the oldest in the world has celebrated its 112th birthday. Can it really be edible after all this time, asks Tom de Castella.

It was first cured by the Gwaltney meat company in 1902, forgotten about at the back of a storage room, and eventually donated to the Isle of Wight County Museum in Smithfield, Virginia. Today it looks like a piece of old leather. A special case protects it from bugs and mould, and it is billed the world's oldest edible cured ham. "It would be dry, dry tasting, but it's not molded,"


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Posted 15 July 2014 - 08:20 PM

Why take a chance on eating it? could make a nice handbag out of it instead.

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 08:22 PM

Eat it and appreciate the vintage :w00t:

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 08:24 PM

Ah, grab a peice of yellow american, two slices of white and some yellow mustard and wham you're set.

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 08:30 PM

Test a small piece on your neighbour first.. :D

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 09:11 PM

It looks like it would make a pretty good weapon...

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:45 AM

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 11:14 AM

I'm not so confident that ham aged like wine.

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 02:15 PM

Yuck--even "freshly" cured ham looks & tastes bad ! At least to me-too salty, too dry, too chewy & too over priced.

But the 1st canned goods -Napolians Army Marches-still have the calories, not much if any vitiames left, faded color so looks like beigy-gray poop, has lost all shape--BUT it's still safe to eat-no unwanted stuff in the jars !!

Unreal huh

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 03:05 PM

It would remind me of eating a mummy, So I'd have to pass.

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 09:11 PM

So ,it's in Virginia?

I'm relatively close at the moment, and want to try it.

Time to assemble the crew!

This'll be like a pork based National Treasure

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Posted 02 September 2014 - 03:18 AM

Looks like jerky. I think I would pass on it.

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Posted 02 September 2014 - 05:50 AM

Seriously, that ham looks like its been mumified. Looks more like a ham that came from Tuts tomb. :P

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