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Video:How to Carve a Baked Ham

with Gina Miller

Want to learn how to carve a baked ham at home? Here, see step-by-step instructions for carving a baked ham on your own.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Carve a Baked Ham

Hi, I'm Gina Miller with About.com food and today I'm going to show you the best way to carve a baked ham.

Information About Carving a Baked Ham

Baked ham is a great option for big dinners, and a holiday tradition in many families. After baking the ham, there is a proper way of carving to assure you get moist, tender slices.

Instructions for How to Carve a Baked Ham

First, you'll need to let the ham sit for about 15 minutes to cool down. This will also allow the juices to distribute evenly throughout the meat. Now, when it comes to choosing the right knife, you'll need a carving knife that is extremely sharp to make carving easier and to ensure evenly cut, juicy slices. Here's a tip: Try using an electric knife, it makes for more evenly cut slices and takes the hard work out of carving.

More Instructions for How to Carve a Baked Ham

Next, place the ham on a cutting board with the scored side facing upward and the shank end of the meat on your right. Use a carving fork to hold the ham in place. Then, trim off a few slices from the thin side of the ham. Now, holding the ham down firmly with the carving fork, start cutting slices across the meat. Simply turn the ham and continue until all the meat is sliced.When carving ham, it's important to keep in mind how you want it served.

This will determine how thick or thin to carve the slices. Thin slices are perfect if you're using them for sandwich meat. However, thicker slices of ham will much for a much heartier holiday meal. Either way, just place slices on a serving platter with the proper serving cutlery and enjoy! Thank you for watching and for more information, visit us on the web at About.com.

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