Why Ham and Lamb for Easter?

by JR Meats on May 5, 2015

roast lamb

roast lamb

The roast lamb dinner at Easter time goes way back, to the first Passover. Israelites sacrificed and ate lambs during their enslavement in Egypt, so the angel of death would spare their first born sons during the tenth plague. For this reason, lamb was the meat of choice in early Christian celebrations, and continues to be the meat of choice for modern day Easter celebrations around the world.

Lamb was not always easy to come by in certain regions, particularly in northern Europe before refrigeration. Pork was the most common meat, and pigs were slaughtered during the cool fall months. The pork that wasn’t immediately consumed was cured so it could be used throughout the remainder of the year. The curing process took several months, and the first hams were ready right around Easter time. Thus, ham became a natural choice for the celebratory Easter dinner.

Whatever your traditions, we hope you’ll choose J&R’s delicious, natural meats for your table.

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