Select the Ham
In order to pick a ham you need to know what the difference is between the different types out there. I also think that you should avoid boneless hams at all costs. The week before Easter, hams will be on sale at pretty much every store. I keep track of the sales in Michigan. Even if you are not from Michigan, you might be interested in comparing prices with your region.
What I Use When I Bake A Ham
Here are some tools that I use whenever I am baking a ham.
1. Roasting Pan – You need something big to bake your ham in and a roasting pan is the perfect vessel. I don’t recommend not stick in this case as I always find that I still end up with burnt sugar in the bottom from my glaze. It’s harder to clean a non-stick pan without scratching it and ruining the non stick. So just go with an stainless steel that you can scrub easier.
2. Electric Knife – Makes carving the ham a whole lot easier. You don’t need something expense here. A cheap one works just fine.
3. Probe thermometer – Even thought hams come cooked most of the time, you still need to heat it up. Don’t trust the instructions that came with your hand, trust a probe thermometer to get your ham reheated to the properly temperature. I have had ham that has been overcooked, a dry ham is not something you ever want to experience.
I have posted a couple different ham recipes on this site. The first one is for Alton Brown’s City Ham. This ham is covered in a glaze featuring mustard, brown sugar, and smashed ginger snap cookies. The second one is for a Spiced Root Beer Glazed Ham. I allow some spices to steep in root beer for a half hour and then I reduce it until it’s the consistency of a glaze.
What to Do with the Leftover Ham
You can freeze leftover ham for later use. I like to separate into individual servings that I pulled out when I need to make a sandwich. I also make either split pea or bean soup using the ham bone. There is a new recipe I want to try out from the Food Network show, Sandwich King. It’s for Ham on Sweet Potato Biscuits with Blackberry-Balsamic Drizzle.