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Free Holiday Ham Cookbook by gThankYou!

Free Holiday Ham Cookbook

FREE Holiday Ham Cookbook
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gThankYou! is happy to present our new free “Holiday Ham Guide,” just in time for your holiday menu planning! It is an informative read when you want ideas to plan the perfect ham.

Our “Holiday Ham Guide” explains in easy detail how to select, cook, and serve the tastiest ham dinner for your holiday meal. Whatever your favorite type of ham, baked, grilled, fried, or boiled, use our guide for everything you need to know about ham, from glazing to cooking to carving to leftovers, and even what to do with a ham bone.

Whether you’ve been cooking ham for years or have never prepared a ham dinner before, our handy guide provides useful instruction and ideas to help you prepare and serve the best holiday meal ever!

Take a look at what you’ll find in our free “Holiday Ham Guide,” your how-to manual for the most appealing and delicious holiday dinner:

Getting Started

Everything you need to know if you’ve never cooked a ham before is in the first section of our guide. We explain what ham is, what types of ham there are and how they’re prepared for market, and how to choose a ham. Do you know how to thaw a frozen ham before cooking it? We explain that too.

Cooking the Ham

Read about different cooking methods for your holiday ham, including baking, boiling, grilling, smoking, and deep-frying, and how to properly perform each method.

Learn about different glazes and how to prepare them for the tastiest, most flavorful holiday ham ever.

We also give you tips for cooking that make preparing your ham easier and neater, such as protecting the grill from glaze drippings for quicker clean up, and not over filling the fryer with oil if frying.

Holiday Ham Guide - From Fine Cooking

From Fine Cooking

The Fine Points

Here we go over the fine points of cooking ham to help you with all the details. We tell you about carving your ham when it comes out of the oven, what tools to use to best prepare a ham dinner, and how to use leftovers (they make delightful appetizers, casseroles, and pot pies!), including how to use the ham bone.

Additional Resources

Our “Holiday Ham Guide” provides additional resources such as information about the best side dishes and appetizers to prepare and serve with your ham, sources for ham recipes, and popular recipe sites. We’ve prepared so many ideas and so much inspiration here, you’ll have no problem planning a mouth-watering menu for your best holiday meal ever.

Check out our FREE “Holiday Ham Guide” and start planning your special ham dinner today. You and your guests will be delighted!

Holiday Ham Guide

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
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Ham FREE eBook: Spring Ham Primer

gThankYou! is excited to announce our free eBook,
“A Spring Ham Primer”.

gThankYou! Spring Ham Primer

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We believe a glazed ham is the perfect centerpiece for a spring party or holiday celebration. If you’ve never cooked one before, gThankYou! is here to help with this quick step-by-step guide on how to cook your ham, as well as suggestions for side dishes and additional places to look for great recipes.

Novice or seasoned pro, you’ll find useful tips and resources in this handy Ham Primer.  gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates are a popular employee gift this time of year.  Share this free Primer with recipients, include one of our free personalizable spring-themed enclosure cards and make your Certificate of Gratitude gift truly special!

Here’s a peek at our “A Spring Ham Primer” Table of Contents:

TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. How to Choose and Cook a Spring Holiday Ham
2. Great Ways to Glaze
3. Recipes
4. Super Side Dishes for Spring Ham
5. Resources

Download your free copy now by clicking this link:
“Spring Ham Primer”

For more recipes and “how to” posts about Ham, be sure to check out the links to these popular gThankYou! posts.  More posts are available under the “Ham Recipes” category so check them out and let us know what you like!

More Ham Posts!

Please enjoy your new Ham Primer and let us know about your spring ham feast!

Bon Appétit !

The gThankYou! Team

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey, or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

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5 Ways to Glaze a Holiday Ham

Preparing a Christmas ham, especially if it’s been conveniently pre-smoked or cured for you, is about the easiest thing you can do for a centerpiece. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little something to it—namely, a sweet, decadent glaze to make your ham that much more delicious.

Here are five tips from food bloggers we love on how to make your ham even more dazzling this holiday.

1. Blackberry- and mustard-glazed ham, from The Cottage Home

With just four ingredients (blackberry preserves, whole-grain mustard, apple cider, and a precooked ham), this holiday entrée couldn’t be simpler. Blogger Lindsay reports that it’s “a great crowd-pleasing ham … even my husband, who would much prefer some type of red meat, absolutely loved it.”

ColesHam

Credit Curtis Stone

2. Roasted fresh ham with maple spice glaze, from Leite’s Culinaria

This recipe is for a fresh ham, but you could use the maple glaze with cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg on a precooked one, too. Prepared simply by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, this ham is roasted in the oven with little fuss. One 8- to 10-lb. ham will feed “6 teenage boys, 16 adults, or 26 twenty-something models.”

3. Red currant-pomegranate glazed ham, from Taking On Magazines (One Recipe at a Time)

The Mom Chef ham

From The Mom Chef

“I may not make ham in any other way again,” writes a blogger who calls herself the Mom Chef, describing this recipe. Pomegranate juice “infuses” the ham with flavor, with an assist from red currant jelly, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard.

Also, it’s made in a slow cooker, which frees the oven for other pursuits.

4. Pineapple mustard-glazed ham from The Bitten Word

“Ham and pineapple is, of course, a classic combo,” write the Bitten Word boys, venerable magazine-recipe-testers and entertaining blog hosts. “Adding country-style whole-grain mustard keeps this glaze from being too sickly sweet, and using fresh pineapples rescues the ham from Kennedy-era cliches—or at least it clears your conscience.”

As originally printed in Martha Stewart Living magazine, this glaze is made with fresh pineapple cooked in a simple syrup (sugar/water), and the ham itself is drizzled with white wine and studded with cloves. Perfect.

Jamie cooks it up

From Jamie Cooks It Up

5. Orange-glazed ham with mustard sauce from Jamie Cooks It Up

Jamie, the intrepid host of Jamie Cooks It Up, posted this recipe right before Christmas last year, advising readers to “pair it with a simple-to-make mustard sauce and your main course will be singing a new song of gladness.”

The glaze is a simple combination of butter, brown sugar, honey, orange juice, cinnamon and cloves. It’s like the best of all the previous recipes combined.

Your biggest challenge is which of these delectable glazes to choose – enjoy and happy holidays!

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou 
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

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The Ultimate Guide to Grilling Ham

In summer, nobody likes to be hovering over a hot stove. One easy solution? Cook your Sunday ham outside on the grill. It’s delicious and very simple if you repeat this mantra: Low and Slow.

gThankYou! - Ham on the Grill

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“Another Pint Please…”

Because of its thickness, ham takes a fair amount of time to cook (or warm) through. Using a gas grill on low heat or a charcoal grill with indirect coals, you can bake your ham by wrapping one end with aluminum foil and using a glaze to help keep it moist.

According to food writer Derrick Riches:

“The traditional method is to roast the ham at 325°F, for 15 to 20 minutes per pound for a whole ham and 18 to 25 minutes per pound for half hams. I prefer to keep this temperature lower and increase the time if I am heating a ‘ready to eat ham.’ If the ham is a ‘cook before eating,’ then it is best to start out with a higher temperature. At the lower temperature the ‘ready to eat ham’ will cook at about 20 minutes per pound.”

Another wonderful way to transform a ham using your backyard grill is to turn it into a smoker. The process is relatively simple:

First, soak wood chips in a bowl of water, 30 minutes minimum, or as long as overnight. Popular choices are apple wood, hickory and adler wood.

If you have a charcoal kettle grill, get a couple of cheap metal pans (the disposable kind from the grocery work well) and fill them halfway with water. Place them at the bottom of the grill.

Get the coals hot using a chimney starter. When they’re white, add them around the grill pans off to one side. Add the soaked wood chips on top of the charcoal on one side of the grill — you want there to be a place to put the meat away from direct heat.

If you have a gas grill, make a pouch in aluminum foil of the soaked wood chips. Poke some holes in it and put it down by the burners. Turn on the grill and when the pouch begins to smoke, you’re ready to grill — remember, low and slow.

Cooking time will vary based on the size of your ham, but estimate 20-25 minutes  per pound and check often. You’re done when a thermometer reads 140°F (not touching bone). Let the meat rest for about 10 minutes before carving.

And don’t stop there! There are dozens of ways to use a backyard smoker, from smoking your own salmon to Spanish-style smoked vegetables (eggplant, squash, peppers and carrots) with a garlic vinaigrette.

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are one of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand whole Turkey or half or whole Ham, at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo, and ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

5 Holiday Ham Glazes to Delight Your Taste Buds

 Helping your holiday ham taste its best.

Sometimes foods with distinct flavors need counterpoints to bring out the best taste combinations. Whether it’s strong coffee in barbecue sauce, a pinch of hot pepper in Mexican cocoa, or a splash of balsamic vinegar on a bowl of freshly sliced strawberries, these culinary marriages will delight your taste buds!

Such is the case with ham. . . salty, smoky, and succulent it pairs wonderfully with sour fruit (pineapple, orange, cranberries, currants, rhubarb), sweet elements (brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, even cola!) and spices (cloves, mustard, allspice, ginger, cinnamon).

Your guests will enjoy ham with a new twist, using one of these tasty glazes. Not only will it give your ham a delicious flavor, the glaze keeps it moist and juicy while it bakes.  Which one will you try first?

gThankYou! - Pinapple Honey Adobo Ham

Pineapple Honey Adobo from The Nibble

  1. Honey gives glazes a sweet base.  Try these interesting varieties such as
    Honey Balsamic Fig or Pineapple Honey Adobo (right) from The Nibble.
  2. Rhubarb and ginger combine to give this Bon Appétit Baked Ham with Mustard-Red Currant Glaze and Rhubarb Chutney some kick!  If rhubarb is difficult to find, try mango for an interesting twist.
  3. The perfect blend of sweet and spicy – and so easy to make!  This great recipe for Pomegranate Jalapeno Glazed Ham comes from chef Akasha Richmond of restaurant Akasha in L.A., care of Food & Wine Magazine.
  4. A gThankYou! favorite from Minnesota’s own Lucia Watson; Cider-Soaked and Brown Sugar Glazed ham from her cookbook, Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland.
  5. Hard to beat, Emeril Lagasse’s
    Sugarcane Baked Ham with Spiced Apples and Pears.  (Thanks to FoodNetwork.com.)  This glaze gets its sweet notes from molasses, corn syrup and sugar cane!

    gThankYou! - Emeril Lagasse Sugarcane Baked Ham

    Emeril Lagasse Sugarcane Baked Ham

Enjoy!  Let us know your favorite ham glaze we forgot to include.

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are one of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand whole Turkey or half or whole Ham, at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.  

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo, and ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

 

Ham Glazes: Beyond the Basics

In a previous post, I touched on the (sometimes controversial) subject of glazing Ham. While it’s a matter of personal preference, family tradition and regional rituals also come into play when deciding to glaze or not to glaze. There’s no right way to attain the perfect Ham, but as with most all things culinary, each individual dish (and cook) has its own correctness.

I remember, for instance, my aunt doing a grape jelly and ketchup glaze that, as kids, we thought was great. Today, I wouldn’t put that concoction on anything – edible or otherwise (sorry Auntie Barb!).

For some years, I’ve been in the no-glaze camp when cooking our Holiday Ham, choosing to serve au natural. But some of the following glaze recipes —  this week’s Recipe of the Week –  could convince me to try glazing this year.  gThankYou for each and every glaze recipe!

Try a variety with Ham Steak to see how they taste to you. Like me, you may be a glaze convert.