To prepare a Hormel Cure 81 ham, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and remove the ham from the plastic packaging. Place the largest cut surface of the ham on the baking pan, faced down, and add a 1/2 cup of water to the pan. Use non-stick aluminum foil to securely cover the pan, and bake the ham for 20 minutes per pound.
To prepare a glaze for the ham, heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, and combine 2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon of water to the glaze packet that came with the ham.
Take the ham out of the oven, and spoon out or drain any excess ham juice or drippings from the pan. Begin to pour the glaze mixture over the entire ham, and then insert the ham back into the oven. Heat it for an additional five to 10 minutes for the glaze to fully set. To ensure tenderness, make sure that the serving temperature does not exceed 135 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hormel Cure 81 hams can be eaten straight out of the package without any preparations. To serve the ham cold, remove the ham from the plastic wrapping, and place on a platter to serve.