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    Horse bone ham tester

    Traditionally a thin horse bone is used to poke curing hams in certain area to be sniffed and ascertained whether that ham is going in the right direction or is spoiling. Does anyone know a place where one can purchase said horse bone? I've checked sausage/ham forums and they all talk about it but no one seems to know where to get one.

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    Maybe someone has a friend in Parma for a horse bone needle. Good luck

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    deer bones work well also
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    Quote Originally Posted by sachem allison View Post
    deer bones work well also
    To be a master there is 15 years training for your olfactory. Please tell me you didn't do this too

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    go to , http://www.hideandfur.com/ go to the skull and bones section, scroll down to moose: misc. bones, scroll down to foot spur bones and there you go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deckhand View Post
    To be a master there is 15 years training for your olfactory. Please tell me you didn't do this too
    don't remember.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkern View Post
    Traditionally a thin horse bone is used to poke curing hams in certain area to be sniffed and ascertained whether that ham is going in the right direction or is spoiling. Does anyone know a place where one can purchase said horse bone? I've checked sausage/ham forums and they all talk about it but no one seems to know where to get one.
    I've always just used a metal skewer on my hams. I can see the reasoning behind the bone, as it's porous and would likely pick up more scent, but I've gotten a solid 'cured' odor off of a metal skewer. Never had any hams go south, but imagine the rot would be just as apparent if not much more so. Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brainsausage View Post
    I've always just used a metal skewer on my hams. I can see the reasoning behind the bone, as it's porous and would likely pick up more scent, but I've gotten a solid 'cured' odor off of a metal skewer. Never had any hams go south, but imagine the rot would be just as apparent if not much more so. Hope this helps.
    I think the same but I'm curious to see if there is a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkern View Post
    I think the same but I'm curious to see if there is a difference.
    I think they used horse bones more out of tradition, than anything, this goes back to the time of the Romans. copper, bronze or iron would give off a distinct metallic smell when pulled out and may also react with the salt in the cure. since, stainless steel didn't exist then and they ate a lot of horses why not keep the tradition alive, besides the bones were a free by product of the time. In the south I have seen them use Raccoon baculums (penile bones) to test hams, so the tradition lives on. You are going to have great difficulty finding Horse splint bones for sale here in the states. people don't want us killing horses for food here.
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    Alright, Travis

    If you are still in need of horse bone needles, I got two of them. Let me know and I'll send them out.
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