How Do You Cook a Ham?

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Baking a ham requires the cook to select a recipe, such as the one for baked ham featured at This recipe is for a bone-in-ham and requires four ingredients to prepare. The ham is placed into a roasting pan, covered with cloves and brown sugar, then baked.

It is important to preheat the oven before moving on to preparing the ham for baking. Half a cup of whole cloves are stuck into the surface of the ham to give the meat a distinctive flavor. The next step involves covering the ham's surface with packed brown sugar. About an inch of water is poured into the roasting pan, and the ham is covered tightly with aluminum foil or a pan lid. Typically, a 12-pound ham bakes for four or five hours until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Glazed ham is a popular variation to the traditional baked ham recipe, and it goes a step further by including pineapples and cherries as a garnish. The recipe for glazed ham uses a 10-pound fully cooked bone-in ham that is baked for two hours. The glaze mixture is made using brown sugar, dry mustard powder and honey, which is applied to the outside of the ham. It is then decorated with pineapple rings and maraschino cherries.