My son looked a bit taken aback when he learnt that ham comes from a pig’s leg but also relieved when he found out that the pig is dead when the butcher cuts the leg off. I haven’t explained abattoirs to him just yet so I think he has assumed that the pigs die of natural causes.
We really love the pig leg that we get at Christmas but it does tend to last a bit longer than the Christmas period. It’s actually quite a skilled job cutting the ham off – you need a long knife for the main meat and then a small one for cutting around the bone. Your knives have to be VERY SHARP or they will be entirely useless. I have had a go at doing the cutting but really am not very good at it.