Sunday, April 19, 2009
Taylor Pork Roll
Taylor ham is actually the brand name for a pork roll. John Taylor invented the original Taylor ham in Trenton, New Jersey in the late 1800s. Taylor originally called it "Taylor's Prepared Ham", but was forced to change the name after the pure food and drug act of 1906 was passed, since the product did not meet the new legal definition of "ham". The new name was "Pork Roll" and it was marketed as both "Taylor's Pork Roll" and "Trenton Pork Roll". It does say pork roll on the ham package, but the prominence of the word Taylor is one reason why it has come to be known as such, at least in North Jersey. South Jerseyans tend to call it Taylor pork roll. Other companies came along and also made pork roll, but to a true New Jerseyan, North or South, these imitations are of little consequence: there is only one Taylor ham.
Taylor Provisions, Inc. sells Taylor ham in both 3 lb. and 6 lb. rolls. The company also markets a milder brand under the Trenton pork roll label.
You can buy direct from:
Pork Roll Xpress
Jersey Pork Roll
The manufacturer is at:
Taylor Provisions Co
Address: 63 Perrine Ave, Trenton, NJ 08638
Phone: (609) 392-1113
US Foodservice nationally has several product numbers set up for various Taylor products both fresh and frozen.