Advice for Cooking Hams
Soaking a Ham
Hams, especially those to be baked, often benefit from soaking before cooking. This is because soaking removes some of the excess salt from the meat. Cover the meat completely with cold water. Stand for 12-24 hours in cold water, preferably in the fridge if you live in a hot climate.
Boiling a Ham
Weigh the ham and calculate the cooking time. Allow 25 – 34 minutes per pound. Take the ham out of the soaking water and place the ham in a large pot and cover with fresh, cold water. Bring to the boil. Add sprigs of parsley, thyme, a bay leaf, peppercorns and 1 – 2 sliced onions.
Cover the pan and simmer the ham over a low heat for the required time, or until tender when pierced. Lift out, and allow to drain. Remove the skin, glaze if required. Serve hot or cold.
Baking a Ham
Weigh the ham and calculate the cooking time for your pork recipes. Allow 25 – 35 minutes per 1 pound for hams under 13 pounds, and 15 minutes per 1 pound for hams 13 pounds and over. Soak the ham, then place on a rack in a large roasting pan. Insert a meat thermometer, if available. Bake in a preheated oven, 325 degrees F, for the required time, or until the meat thermometer reaches 158 degrees F..
Remove the skin, glaze if wished and serve the ham hot or cold.