Preparing Your Holiday Ham

Step by Step Instructions

To begin, preheat oven to 350°F

Skin  Remove skin from ham. Trim excess fat, leaving at least 1/4 inch on the ham. This will help keep the ham moist during cooking and also add flavour.

Ham Being Skinned

Using a knife, score or cut the exposed fat in a diamond pattern, cutting no more than 1/4 inch deep. The scoring will help keep the glaze on the ham.

Scoring the Ham

Spice  Add whole cloves to the intersection of each diamond. This adds to the presentation and slightly flavours the ham.


Bake and Glaze  Place ham in shallow pan with the fat side facing up. Add a small amount of liquid to the pan (water, fruit juice, wine, beer etc). Cover with foil. Bake for approx. 30-40 min/kg. Remove foil during the last 20-30 minutes and add glaze if desired.

Glazing the Ham

Carving  Make vertical cuts perpendicular to the bone, starting from the narrower end of the ham. Slice only as much as you need, so the rest will stay moist, cut along the bone to release the slices.

cutting the ham