The answer is no. Uncooked ham contains bacteria that can cause food poisoning, and a toddler’s immune system is not developed enough to fight it off.
Uncooked ham contains bacteria that can cause food poisoning, and a toddler’s immune system is not developed enough to fight it off.
What is the Difference Between Uncured and Cured Pork?
Pork is a meat that is often cured with salt, sugar, and nitrates. The process of curing pork can be done at home or in a commercial setting.
The process of curing pork involves the use of salt, sugar, and nitrates to prevent spoilage. The nitrates are used to preserve the color and flavor of the meat.
-Salt: prevents spoilage by inhibiting microbial growth
-Sugar: prevents mold from growing on the surface of the meat
-Nitrates: prevents spoiling by killing bacteria
How to Tell If a Ham is Cured or Uncured
There are two ways of telling if a ham is cured or uncured. The first way is to look at the color of the meat. If it is pink, then it is uncured. If it’s a light brown, then it’s cured.
The second way to tell if a ham is cured or uncured is to smell the meat. If you can smell an ammonia-like smell, then the ham has not been cured properly and should be discarded as well as eaten with caution because there might be bacteria that could cause food poisoning.