Video:Baking the Perfect Holiday Hamwith Heidi Dehncke-Fisher
For holidays or a hearty dinner, baked ham is a meal that you want to get right. Learn how to bake ham at home using your own ham glaze.See Transcript
Transcript:Baking the Perfect Holiday HamHi, I'm Heidi Dehncke-Fisher and welcome to About.com Food. Today I am making a baked ham – the hands down holiday favorite.
Purchasing Fresh HamHam is one of the leanest cuts of pork. One serving has about 145 calories and contains vitamins B1 and B12. When buying a fresh ham look for a pale pink or beige color. Many hams are not ready to eat and require baking in the oven.
Prepare Ham to BakePrior to baking I let the ham soak for 6 hours in a pot of water in the refrigerator. This helps to reduce the salt content.
Start Baking the HamI am making a smoked ham, bone in - which needs to cooked at 325 degrees until the inner temperature of the ham reaches 160 degrees – 20 minutes per pound.
Baked Ham Glaze IngredientsNow that the ham is baking in the oven, it's time to make the glaze. For your glaze you will need:
- Equal amounts brown sugar and mustard – I start with 1/2 cup of each
- 1/4 of a cup of honey
Glazing Baked HamBake your ham most of the way through, leaving the last 20 minutes for baking with the glaze on. Trim the fat down to approximately a 1/4 inch and score it diagonally in a diamond pattern before glazing. Slather your glaze all over the fatty outside layer of the ham – making sure it reaches into the diamond crevices.
Serving Baked HamAs a final touch insert cloves and return the ham to the oven to finish baking – approximately 20 minutes. You will know your ham is finished when the meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.
A beautiful baked ham – not just for holidays, but great for any time of year.
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