How Do You Cook a Raw Fresh Ham?


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To cook a raw, fresh ham, begin by setting the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and making sure that the ham is completely thawed. Add any desired seasonings, and cook the ham in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes per pound until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit with a meat thermometer. Before slicing the ham for serving, let it sit for a few minutes.

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When thawing the ham, make sure not to leave it sitting at room temperature for more than one or two hours. Before seasoning the ham, trim the fat to a layer that is about 1/4-inch thick, and score it so that the glaze and seasonings reach the inside more easily. When cooking the ham, place it in the oven uncovered. Do not baste the ham in its juices while cooking, because the juices may make the ham too salty to eat.

Before cooking the ham in the oven, it is important to glaze and season it. Paula Deen recommends rubbing the entire ham with soy sauce and seasoning it with a blend of salt, black pepper and garlic pepper. Another glaze that renders a sweeter ham includes 1/2 cup of Dr. Pepper, 3/4 cup of light brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard and 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice.

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