Hams have arrived!

It’s that time of year again! Christmas time!¬†And that means hams (amongst other things of course).

Every year for the past 5 years, Blooms has brought in our traditional Spiral Ham. These hams have become a tradition for many households in Trinidad and it makes us very proud to say that. Keeping with tradition, we will be bringing in the same ham years past.

carando spiral

We did decide to change up “tradition” a slight bit, however. Normally, we ask that all of our customers pre-order their ham by emailing or calling. In the past, this helped us determine who wanted hams and how many they wanted. When the hams arrived, we would email our customers to let them know their hams have arrived. If you did not pre-order, we probably didn’t have a ham for you. ūüôĀ

This system worked GREAT, until last year. We vastly underestimated the response we would get on the hams last year. We then realized that most people didn’t know about the pre-order and/or didn’t bother. When it came to collect, some people wanted more than they ordered and some wanted less. Our large fear every year is not having a ham for someone that ordered one. If we promise someone a ham, we have to make sure they receive one, even if that means turning away customers who wanted but never had the opportunity to¬†pre-order.¬†Needless to say, it was a lot of stress.

This year, we are simplifying things and just letting our customers know when the hams have arrived, instead of only selling hams to those that ordered. We hope that this will allow customers that want hams to avoid having to pre-order, wait and then collect. Instead, we will email the customers on our mailing list to let them know that the hams have arrived. Everyone can come and choose their exact hams and take what is needed. Once we let our regular customers have a chance to collect, we will then offer to the general public. This should give everyone a chance to come at their leisure, select their hams and purchase as many hams as they like.

In case you have never had a Blooms ham, here are the details:

These hams are spiral hams, meaning they are pre-cut¬†to provide easier carving. The slices are not all the way through the ham, so it does not fall apart until you are ready to carve it. There is a very small bone in the center, which you run your knife along, allowing the slices to fall onto the plate. These hams are hickory smoked, cooked and frozen, so they only need to be defrosted and heated to serve. You can ‘crisp up’ the outside of your ham by turning your oven to broil for the last few minutes. The hams are very easy to prepare, and it is not a day long event. Included with each ham is a honey glaze packet, which can be used to create a ‘honey baked ham’ taste.

Here’s more info from the supplier, Carando.

Each ham is wrapped in a red Christmas foil and netted, so they make for very nice gift.

Each ham will weigh between 8 and 10 pounds.

The price for the first round of hams is $29.00TT per pound. We will probably need to ship in more hams closer to Christmas, and they are usually more expensive. So the price is subject to change. The best bet is to get early!

Because each ham has a different weight, they will vary in price according to size. In the store, each ham will have it’s specific price listed.

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The Christmas and Holiday season is upon us, so let the Blooms team be the first to wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!