Every year we purchase a half a hog from a local farmer. Overall we are very happy with the product but this year we had a major disappointment. The processing plant that farmer uses to break down the hogs also handles the curing of the bacon, hams and sausage preparation (breakfast, brats, etc).
The first time we purchased a hog we opted for breakfast sausage from the scraps and we cured the bacon ourselves. When we picked up the meat we noticed that one of the ingredients used in the breakfast sausage was MSG. Going forward to avoid this we just opted for ground pork and made them ourselves.
This year the farmer used a different processing plant that offers organic (aka: no msg) when curing hams, bacon, and sausage preparation. As a result we opted to have the plant cure the hams for us. What we (and other friends) ended up with were grey, tastless hams. It is truly unfortunate because it is a lot of meat that just doesn't even taste good.
Does anyone know if you possibly soak the hams in a brine again to give it some flavor? There is some smoke on the meat because it was smoked but other than that it is just a big grey hunk of meat.