Review of Farmland Ham and Water Product

by StevenHelmer

I purchased this earlier in the week to make for dinner. Read to find out what I thought of it.

Product Description: Hickory-smoked-flavored ham and water product from the Farmland brand. I purchased this refrigerated meat product at one of our local grocery stores during a routine shopping trip earlier this week for $6.85 and prepared it, in my slow cooker, as part of our Tuesday-night family dinner.


I was sort of expecting things to be a bit hectic after work this past Tuesday and, as I often do when I know there will be a time crunch, I stopped at one of our local grocery stores Tuesday morning in search of something I could put in our slow cooker. After I got there, I realized it had been a while since we had had ham for dinner and, after looking at a couple different options, ended up purchasing a Farmland Hickory Smoked Ham and Water Product.

Let me start out by saying I fully understand the difference between a ham and a ham and water product. And, under normal circumstances, I would definitely prefer the former. However, my other ham options were surprisingly expensive and I ended up purchasing this product simply because the $6.85 price tag was about one-third as much. As it turns out, it actually wasn't that bad of a choice.

Farmland Ham and Water Product
Farmland Ham and Water Product
Photo by Steven Helmer

I ended up making this, as planned, in our slow cooker with some pineapple slices and it was fully heated and ready to eat by the time I got home from work. When it came to actually eating this product, I did, admittedly, have some concerns about it. However, after trying it, those concerns proved to be unwarranted.

One of my biggest concerns about this product was the taste. I have had similar products in the past and the taste tends to vary quite a bit. Some are way too salty and others are very bland tasting. This particular choice, however, wasn't terrible. The ham and water product didn't have too much of a salty taste but, at the same time, I could still taste the ham flavor.

Also, unlike some similar products, this ham and water choice turned out to be easy to slice. It didn't fall apart (like many others) and, unlike some bargain choices we've had in the past, didn't have a slimy texture to it. As a result, it ended up being a very decent meal choice for us and I even had seconds of it.

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Final Opinion

Is this as good as a traditional ham? Probably not and, as I said, I would still prefer a regular ham to something like this. However, this product did have a decent amount of quality and, because of the much lower price, is something I would consider buying again in the future.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 11/19/2015, StevenHelmer
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DerdriuMarriner on 03/19/2022

StevenHelmer, Thank you for practical information, pretty pictures and product lines.
In particular, I appreciate knowing about ham, even ham-and-water, products for when I prepare ham and pineapple in the slow cooker or, particularly, for lots of ham and pineapple pizzas. I don't eat ham or pork but I like to serve the best that I can find, fresh primarily, but prepared secondarily if there are more guests and re-serving requests than anticipated.

Would leftovers cooperate as sandwiches or would sogginess be a problem?

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