There are many kinds of ham available in the market. They are especially abundant around the holidays as they make every table perfect. Now if you are planning to cook ham on Christmas day but want to make your own ham rather than buying one from the market then you need to know how to do it. I mean let’s face it, eating ham is great but preparing ham and eat them is something else! Now we know how long it takes to come up with a good piece of ham so if you want to know how to prepare and how long to cook a ham is then all you need to do is read on.
A ham is made from pork; traditionally it is made from the hindlegs of the pork and should weight about 15 to 25 lbs. Cooking ham this big is not easy in the modern kitchen so many people these days have never made a whole ham. When it comes to cooking homemade hams, the best portion of the loins is the best option to use. So how long does it take to cook ham anyway?
The traditional way to cook ham is by baking it as a whole. How long to cook a ham you ask? The answer usually depends on how big the ham is. Hams are often cooked partially for about 20 minutes per pound. They are then placed in an oven set at 350 degrees. To fully cook a ham through, you need to cook about 10 minutes per pound to allow the heat to cook it all the way through.
Hams are great alone but they taste even greater when they are brushed with a special glaze. Among the most popular glazes that you can use is a combination of honey, mustard, brown sugar, wine, fruit juice or whiskey. In some countries, ham is glazed with fruit preserves and spices which you can also do. So the next time you decide to make your own ham, keep in mind that you need about 10-20 minutes per pound of baking to fully cook them. Don’t forget your glaze!