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5 Top Tips to get the most from you Ham

A good quality ham can make your meal festive whatever the season. Here are my 5 top tips to get the most from your ham! For inspiration, I have linked to this post to a fantastic glazed ham recipe and a perfect Ham Lentil and vegetable soup recipe to try if you manage to have any leftovers!!!!

  1. There is definitely an art form to cutting or carving a ham especially one with a bone in it. To carve, use a sharp thin long carving knife to cut slices of ham away from the bone, this will ensure you have even slices that are the full size of the ham. Follow the grain of the meat, laying the slices on a platter as you go and working around the bone. Turn ham over and repeat on the other side.
  2. To store a cooked ham pre and post-baking, wrap the ham in a calico cloth, or a clean piece of sheet that has been soaked in a vinegar solution of ¾cup of white vinegar with 1 ½ litres of water. This will keep the ham moist and stop it from drying out.
  3. To serve ham warm on Christmas day, you can prepare it the day before. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate until you are ready to bake and glaze it.
  4. Leftover ham on the bone can be covered in a vinegared cloth and then refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. If you are keeping it for that long, rinse out your cloth every 3 days with the prepared vinegar solution, to keep ham moist.
  5. You can keep leftover ham in the freezer for up to 6 weeks although it is perfect to add to soups, scramble eggs, omelettes, sandwiches, salads, pastas, fried rice on pizzas and wherever else you want that delicious smoked flavour.

Check out my How to bake Glazed Ham video here.

 

How to Bake Christmas Baked Ham - Chef Dominique Rizzo

How to Bake Christmas Glazed Ham with Apricots

Bake Christmas Glazed Ham - Chef Dominique Rizzo at Putia

How to bake Christmas Glazed Ham with apricots

You will need these ingredients:
Leg of ham, brown sugar, apricots, marmalade, ginger beer, orange juice, orange zest.
Bake Christmas Glazed Ham - Ingredients for the baked ham.

This is what you do:
Blend until smooth the apricots, marmalade, orange juice and zest;
In a saucepan combine the apricot mix combined with brown sugar, salt and cinnamon and simmer for 4 minutes.
Take a sharp knife and cut around the bone at the base of the ham and then gently slice under the skin to gently lift it off.
Score the fat in a diamond design and garnish with whole cloves.
Place the ham in a baking tray and pour in the ginger beer. Bake in 190-degree oven, continuing to baste every 15 minutes.
Serve with the apricot sauce.

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Enjoy this perfect Christmas lunch dish with your family and friends.

Bake Christmas Glazed Ham - serving the baked ham

If you liked the video and would like the recipe and helpful tips on how to prepare you Ham this Christmas visit this Blog

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