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Terrible Spiral Ham [moved from General Topics]

I bought a Kirkland Spiral Ham from Costco. I carefully followed all the instructions to the tea as I had never cooked a spiral ham before. Unfortunately I had company over and was bitterly disappointed in the dinner. The ham was dry and the meat did not seem to have the wonderful pale pink meat that I so like. The slices are way to thin and I could not even detect any smoked flavour. This morning I cut the remainder up to make sandwich mix and ended up adding smoke flavour to the mix. The rest of the leftovers I will make soup with putting packets in the freezer for soup at a later date.

The instructions were wrap in foil and cook at 275 for the first 2 hours or 15 minutes per pound. Then remove the foil and apply baste for the last 10 minutes.

I will not be buying another one that is for sure. When I bake unsliced ham they always turn out great and I will continue to just slice them myself.

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  1. I would have taken leftovers back to Costco and asked for a refund, and told them your feelings. Feedback can = improvement!

    1. I was at a party where ham was served; I raved about it, was told the host got it at Costco.

      1. “Terrible spiral ham” is a redundancy, akin to calling something “tiny little.” Foods designed for convenience generally suck when compared to the real thing. Think instant coffee, microwave popcorn, juice concentrates, etc.

        The question boils down to, “Is the added ease worth the sacrifice in taste?” When it comes to a ham, I say, “I have a knife and I know how to use it.”

        1. It isn't a smoked ham and should not taste smoky.

          I mix the spice packet with orange juice and baste, lifting and applying between the slices, -about an inch in- not just on the exterior.

          I have also had the ham without the spice packet and/or basting and/or heating (the ham has been on sale for 97¢/lb after the holidays) and it has a good flavor. The thin slices make it good for sandwiches.

          It seems unusual to have been so dry, since all you were doing was warming it up under the wrapped foil, so it should have been steaming and stayed moist. Maybe the heat was too high and/or measurements off.

          1. I haven't had the Costco Ham, but I would never re-cook a fully cooked ham. If it's sealed in the heavy cryo, I usually just put it into a sink of hot water until it warms up to just past room temp. If I need a glaze I apply it and hit the ham with a torch.

            I think those cooking instructions would have doomed any fully-pre-cooked ham, no matter who made it or where it was from.

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            1. re: acgold7

              You soak a spiral ham? Even those that have already had all that water added to them? I’m oddly fascinated by that approach.

              1. re: MGZ

                No, it's sealed in the cryo. That's why I said "If it's sealed in the heavy cryo"...

                But I do remove the cryo before I apply the glaze and torch it. Otherwise the melted plastic gets stuck in your teeth.

                1. re: acgold7

                  I see I missed that. No wonder it struck me as so strange. (Though, with some spiral hams, I wonder if the melted plastic taste might help?)