How to Bake a Ham

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How to Bake a Ham

Find out what not to do when baking ham.

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Baking Without Any Liquid

If you're cooking a ham without glaze, make sure to bake it with water, wine or stock in the pan. Cover the ham with foil so it doesn't dry out.

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Glazing Too Early

If you apply glaze to the ham more than 30 minutes before taking it out of the oven, you'll risk burning it.

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Buying the Wrong Kind of Ham

A good rule for buying ham is to buy around one pound of meat per person. It's also a good idea order a ham with some kind of bone in it. The bone makes it easier to determine your ham's baking temperature, and it will make a great addition to your next soup.

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Eating Ham Right Out of the Oven

Give your ham at least 20 minutes to sit out of the oven before digging in. This will make it taste juicier.

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The perfect savory breakfast casserole. Enjoy on a cold winter morning!

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Asparagus and Ham Potato Topper

Asparagus, ham and cheese are a classic combination. Use it to top hot baked potatoes to make a quick-cooking, comforting dish.

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Spiral Ham with Mango Salsa

Tender ham is glazed with a savory sauce featuring mango juice and chicken broth, baked to perfection and served with a quick mango-green onion salsa.

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Smoky Ham & Corn Salad

Fresh corn, diced deli ham and crunchy croutons are tossed with a smoky, creamy dressing in this light summer salad. Serve with a crisp glass of rosé and sliced melon.

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It can be difficult to know exactly how to bake a ham because of the many different ways ham comes packaged and prepared. Here are a few pointers to a perfectly cooked, juicy cut of meat that your family is sure to enjoy.

For starters, ham is usually labeled either "partially cooked" or "fully cooked." You should follow the packer's instructions on the label. Partially cooked hams, which are also labeled "cook before eating," need to bake until the internal temperature is 155 to 160 degrees.

Fully cooked hams, also called "ready to eat," can be eaten as-is but will taste even better if baked with a glaze. Spiral-cut hams are fully cooked, cured hams that are pre-sliced to hold together for easy serving.

For boneless hams, bake at 325 degrees; for 6- to 8-pound hams, about 20 minutes per pound. For a bone-in ham, cook at 325 degrees; for up to 14 to 16 pounds, about 12 minutes per pound.

For canned ham, bake at 325 degrees; cook a 3-pound ham about 21 minutes per pound.

Check out the slideshow above to find out the most common mistakes people make when baking ham.

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