Does preparation of ham make use of any bacteria/fungi?

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No, ham making does not require bacteria or fungi. Ham is a cut of meat taken from the hind leg of pig. The preparation of this involves the following:

·      Soaking the meat in salt brine for a few days according to its weight.

·      Smoking or cooking the ham after it is soaked in brine.

While the ham-making process does not require bacteria or fungi, raw ham may contain bacteria in it. However, this is inhibited by refrigerating it and destroyed completely by cooking . Here is some information on how to cook whole ham.