Monday, March 16, 2009

How to Bake the Perfect Holiday Ham

You can bake a perfect, succulent, delicious ham without buying a spiral or honey baked ham.

Buy a fully cooked ham to feed your number of guests. Usually 1-2 lbs. per person. Hams are easy to slice, so there is no need to spend extra on a spiral. You will be making your own glaze, so do not buy a pre-glazed ham nor one with a flavor packet.

Bake the ham at 325 degrees. The length of baking is based on the weight, usually 2-4 hours. Ham is ready when the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Use a meat thermometer. I also recommend baking in a bag until glazing, then remove the bag.

One half hour before your ham is done, remove it from the oven and remove the baking bag if you used one. Completely cover the top of the ham with mustard, next completely cover the mustard with brown sugar, next completely cover the brown sugar with honey. Put the ham back in the oven, without the bag this time.

Cook for the remaining half hour. Basting as needed. Use a large knife to slice it, I recommend a sharp bread knife. Enjoy!

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