Whether you’re a ham novice or have served ham at family gatherings for years, you’ll find practical information you can use immediately to make your holiday celebration delicious, stress-free and fun.
Best of all, it’s absolutely free. Read on to find out more about what’s in our “Holiday Ham Guide” and why it’s essential to making your holiday feast this year the best one yet!
How to Cook the perfect Holiday ham
Part one: Ham basics
You’ll find helpful answers to questions such as:
- What exactly is ham?
- How should I serve a city ham vs. a country ham?
- What’s the difference between bone-in and boneless?
- When it says “water-added” on the label, what does this mean?
- How big a ham should I get for a family gathering of 12?
- Where and how long should I thaw a frozen ham?
We’ve also got a glossary of ham terminology, so you’ll know what to look for at the grocery store (and what to avoid!).
Part two: Cooking and glazing the Ham
Not all hams cook alike. In fact, there’s quite a bit of variation depending on the style and size of your ham. We provide detailed instructions in this section for how to prepare your ham:
We also present tips from the best authorities on ham preparation, including star chefs like Paula Deen, Alton Brown, Nigella Lawson and Martha Stewart.
Glazing your ham from scratch is a lot easier than it sounds! We demystify the various glazing options, including:
- Beer, Bourbon or Whiskey
- Honey, Molasses or Brown Sugar
Part Three: The Finer Points of Ham
You know how to shop for your ham and prepare it. Now what?
Follow our carving guide for the best way to serve your ham. Plus, in this section, we get into:
- What Tools and Utensils You’ll Need
- How to Safely Handle Leftovers
- Recipes For Other Ham Dishes, Including Appetizers, Soups, Scrambles, Pot Pies and Casseroles
- Uses for the Ham Bone
Part Four: Additional Resources
Your holiday ham is the centerpiece of your feast, but what tastes good alongside it? In part four, we go over what side dishes pair best with ham in the winter vs. the spring. We’ve also got an extensive list of resources to help you plan your meal, including the most reliable and creative recipe websites.
We hope our free ham cookbook is helpful to you and inspires your best holiday celebration yet!
Wishing you and your family a peaceful holiday week and a happy New Year!
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