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Ditch the processed variety - a ham hock is a delicious, economical and truly versatile joint of meat
JACK RATT:<br/> Strong, rich and with a satisfyingly-bitter edge. Last year's Great Taste Awards judges marked Jack Ratt 'faultless' and awarded this Lyme Bay Winery effort three gold stars. <br/>£3.99, 1l, lymebaywinery.co.uk

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