Frequently Asked Questions *All prices include shipping to the 48 continguous states.
 
 
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What does cured mean?
The process of preserving food with salt, smoking and aging.

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What does sugar cured mean?
The moist curing process with soaking and adding sugar to the salt cure.

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What does Hickory Smoked mean?
The meat is smoked using cut wood from Hickory trees, this completes the curing process.

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Do I have to cook my ham or turkey product?
No, all of our hams and turkey products are fully cooked and ready to eat. The only ham we offer that is not cooked completely is the country cured aged ham, it must be baked whole or sliced and fried.

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How do I thaw it and how long does it take?
All of our products can be thawed at room temperature. They may be placed on the counter and left out overnight or all day. You can thaw in your refrigerator it will take 2-3 days depending on size.

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Does it have MSG, sodium nitrates or sugar in it?
Most all of our boneless products have MSG and dextrose to preserve them. The ingredients are clearly listed on the labels. Our whole smoked turkeys and hams do not contain MSG. Burge's Smoked Bacon and Country Ham do not need MSG for preservation either.

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Why does my ham have mold on it?
It is normal and an indication of proper aging for a country ham to mold. The mold may be removed at any time by washing with warm water and a brush. Our genuine Country Cured Hams will be from 4-6 months old when they are shipped.

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How long can I keep the product in the freezer?
It is best eaten within six to nine months.

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How long can it be kept in the refrigerator?
All of Burge's smoked meats are good in your refrigerator for 6-8 days. When kept any longer you should freeze. Cured smoked meats can be refrozen 2 or 3 times without loosing their flavor.