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Dec 17, 2010 07:04 PM

Cook's Spiral Ham......Now What???

The superstore has Cook's spiral ham, I have never made a ham before and am thinking of making one to contribute to Christmas dinner.
If I purchase this ham, what do I do with it?? Bake it?? How?? Oh, I'm assuming it would be boneless, right?
Help... Happy Holidays!!!

Oh, I noticed Loblaws has their PC brand spiral ham, is that better then the Cook's brand?
I am also a Costco member, would their's be better?

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  1. It may or may not be boneless; I've had both at one time or another. You'll have to read the lable....There are probably heating instructions on the package but I usually cook a bone in ham (uncooked ham) for 15-20 minutes per pound. Boneless spiral hams are usually cooked so just need reheating therefore you don't need to cook them quite that long.

    There are many ways to flavor this ham. If you like ham on the sweet side, you can make a paste of cloves, brown sugar and crushed pineapple to slather over it...if you like it on the savory side, make a rub of mustard or mustard powder, a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar or honey, some thyme, pepper etc. Tons of recipes online.

    1. Wrap the ham in heavy duty foil and put in in the oven at 350 for an hour or until the center (away from he bone) is 120 to 140, but don't let it get higher than that or it will dry out. Spiral sliced hams are already cooked so you're just reheating it to eating temperature.

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      1. re: John E.

        Yes, that sounds about right. You can't necessarily follow the directions on the package. I heated a 6 lb. spiral ham last night, I was very skeptical that 1 hour at 250 was going to do it. It didn't . It was still completely cold at the bone.

      2. As Cherylptw said, it could be bone in or out. Check the label. I have had Costco's before and the directions are on the package. It actually turned out really good. Very much like HoneyBaked which is popular around here. And it really is just warming up and if you want, put a glaze on it. There usually is one that comes with the ham or you can find many delicious ones on the web to make. Happy Holidays and Happy Cooking.

        1. I reheat covered in foil for the first two hours.....brown for the last at a higher temp uncovered. If you want the beginnings of a pan sauce or intend to make soup later with the bone, I would suggest you put a cup or two of water in the bottom of the roasting pan and reheat on a rack......note though, if you cover in foil, the ham will steam and any glaze or seasonings will drip into the pan.....