All heb.com
  • All heb.com
  • Products Only
  • Recipes Only

Start Your
Shopping List

Our ready-made lists help ensure you don't forget any crucial ingredients.

Shopping List

View list

How to Prepare a Ham

Choose a size

How to Prepare a Ham

Keep it fresh

If you're not planning to serve the ham right away, keep the ham refrigerated and sealed in its original packaging. This way the ham will stay fresh until the "sell by" date. When it has been taken out of its original packaging, keep the ham wrapped tightly and refrigerated. The ham should be consumed within 4 to 6 days after unwrapping.

Freezing tips
If you plan to freeze your ham, keep it sealed in its original packaging and place it in the freezer as soon as possible. Freeze before the "sell by" date. The ham may be kept frozen for up to 60 days. To thaw, place the ham in your refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours before serving. Don't thaw at room temperature.

 

Heating instructions
Bone-in quarter ham or bone-in half ham
Heat oven to 350 degrees F and remove all packaging from the ham, including the plastic disk covering the bone. Cover ham; or for best results, wrap ham completely in foil and place cut-side down in a shallow pan. Heat for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. (Don't overheat ham; ham is already cooked.) Remove from oven and discard foil. Serve as-is or glazed.

Bone-in whole ham
Heat oven to 350 degrees F and remove packaging from ham. Cover ham; or for best results, wrap ham completely in foil and place fat-side-up in a shallow pan. Heat for 2 hours. (Don't over heat; ham is already cooked). Remove from oven and discard foil. Serve as is or glazed.

Boneless half ham or boneless whole ham
Heat oven to 300 degrees F and remove packaging from the ham. Cover ham; or for best results, wrap ham completely in foil and place fat-side-down in a shallow pan. Heat boneless half ham for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Heat boneless whole ham for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. (Don't overheat; ham is already fully cooked.) Remove from oven and discard foil. Serve as is or glazed.

*Due to variations in ovens, cooking time and temperature may require adjustment.

 

Glazing instructions

Use the enclosed glaze mix packet for a delicious honey glaze. After the ham is heated, increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Place ham fat-side-up in pan. Spoon or brush the prepared glaze on top and between slices. Bake for 10 minutes. Watch carefully. Then remove from oven and serve.

 

How to carve ham

Carving a bone-in ham is simple. Just follow these 3 easy steps.

1. On a large cutting board, place ham on its side. Along the natural fat lines, slice the ham into three sections. This allows the ham to separate easily from the bone. Trim the fat from each section.
2. Carve each ham section across the grain of the meat.
3. Place sliced ham on a serving platter.

 

Related Articles

Cooking Tender Meat How to Braise & Stew Lean Beef Tips
Marinades & Rubs Meat Cooking Temps No-Fail Chicken-Fried Steak
Tips from Grill to Stir-fry