Spiral Cut Ham - Drying Out

kaelkriverMarch 21, 2008

Happy Easter All,

I'm trying a grocery store sprial cut ham for the first time. From what I've read one needs to be careful that they don't dry out. Any hints on how to bake this so that doesn't happen? I appreciate the help.

Thanks!

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lindac

Cover it tightly and closely with foil and only cook long enough to heat through...like maybe for ab hour at 350.
Linda C

    Bookmark   March 21, 2008 at 2:35PM
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kaelkriver

Thank you Linda for your prompt response.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2008 at 2:52PM
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sands99

1 (15.25 ounce) can sliced pineapple, drained with juice reserved
1 (4 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained
1 cup brown sugar

put the slices on the ham, marinade with the remainder at interval. Imparts flavor much like a ham company ham.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2008 at 9:29PM
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maddielee

Double check the cooking directions on the wrapper to see what they say about heating it.

If its like one you buy at the Honey Baked Store, you are not supposed to heat it...let it come to room temperature before serving.

ML

    Bookmark   March 21, 2008 at 9:46PM
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steelmagnolia2007

Not to be argumentative...but I would never bake a ham at anything above 325 degrees F.

sm

    Bookmark   March 21, 2008 at 11:02PM
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lindac

With a pre cooked and pre carved ham, you are not cooking it you are just warming it....and the less time it spends in the oven the better it will be.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2008 at 11:29PM
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steelmagnolia2007

Granted. And the lower the temp, the better.

sm

    Bookmark   March 22, 2008 at 12:12AM
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mrsmarv

325 degrees at 10-12 minutes per pound, covered, with a small amount of liquid in the pan bottom. My DH was a food distributor for many years and these are the instructions he gave. I've made many spiral hams and at 325 none have ever dried out. A friend always warms hers at 350 (her mother's instructions), and it's always on the dry side.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2008 at 6:34AM
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namabafo

what about convection?

does it help or hurt the ham? (I'm still figuring out my ovens 2 years later!)

300 on convection? or should I go with convection bake? or 325 at straight bake?

anyone know??

Thanks

Nancy

    Bookmark   March 22, 2008 at 7:45AM
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kaelkriver

Just a follow up to say thanks for the input and to share with you what I finally ended up doing. I pre-heated the oven to 250, I put the ham (cut side down) in a cooking bag and added 2 tablespoons of orange juice. I also made a small amount of glaze consisting of brown sugar that was mixed with yellow mustard and a little orange juice. I drizzled this over the ham and closed the bag. This was an 8 1/2# ham and I baked it for 1 hour and 20 minutes. I then let it rest for 15 and served. It turned out great and I had very little mess.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 2:16PM
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