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Free Holiday Ham Guide: The Perfect Addition to Your Easter Ham Gift

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Spring celebrations include graduations, Mother’s Day, baptisms, and of course, religious holidays like Easter. It’s a time for healthy feasting to symbolize the end of a long winter and the beginning of a fresh new season.

Whatever you’re celebrating this spring, if you’re including a ham for the main course, you’ll want to find the easiest, tastiest recipes to consider for preparing the main course for the cutting board. Actually, even before looking for the best recipes to cook your ham, you’ll want to decide between cured and uncured. And remember, with gThankYou! ham gift certificates, it’s easy to give the gift of a main course ingredient to employees, friends, family, and anyone else on your gift shopping list this spring. Our Free Holiday Ham Guide helps!

Cured vs Uncured

There are different types of hams, depending on how they are processed after slaughter. The most common type of ham you see in grocery stores is wet-cured. These are brands like Hormel, Cook’s, and HoneyBaked. Wet-cured hams are soaked or injected with brine then broiled or smoked. Dry-cured hams are rubbed with salt and sugar, dry-aged between three months and three years, and sold raw. You’ll learn about these and other types of ham in our free cookbook.

Best Tasting Ways to Cook Ham

Hams can be cooked in various ways, including baking, boiling, grilling, and deep frying. Glazing is a popular way to bring out rich flavors and add citrus, apple, onion, whiskey, and other undertones to your special occasion ham. Good ingredients for ham glazes include mustard, spices like cloves and cinnamon, honey, brown sugar, molasses, and even soda. You may have a favorite holiday ham recipe, possibly your grandmother’s recipe or one passed down through your family. If not, you may want to browse recipes at Epicurious to find ham recipes collected from Bon Appetit, Gourmet, and other great recipes sources. Consider a deviled ham or a new glaze you’ve never tried.

After It’s Over – Leftovers

Unless you’re feeding a starving hoard, you’ll have some ham leftover, and that’s a good thing. Freeze leftover ham to use in the weeks following your special meal. It’s great for many meals other than sandwiches. Besides the recipes for leftover ham in our free ham cookbook, check out our ideas for ham leftovers, like macaroni and cheese with country ham and shirred eggs and ham.

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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.

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5 Great Ways to Glaze your Holiday Ham

There’s a reason everyone hovers in the kitchen while Christmas dinner is cooking. Few things make the mouth water like a succulent holiday ham, pleasantly salty and covered in a sinfully sticky glaze.

Most holiday hams available at the grocery store come already smoked, ready to warm up and eat. But adding a glaze can give your ham a little extra something, a layer of flavor and decadence that will have your guests begging for the leftovers.

Below are five great ways to glaze your holiday ham, from the classic pineapple-studded version to a more savory mustard-based glaze. Give one of these recipes a try this year with your holiday ham and make your dinner party one to remember.

Holiday Ham - Pineapple-Glazed Ham on Parade

Pineapple-Glazed Ham on Parade, photo by boodoo on Flickr.com

Pineapple and ham is a wonderful sweet-and-salty combination so well-established, it’s become a standard pizza topping. Parade Magazine’s recipe starts with a bone-in smoked Virginia ham and makes a sweet-spicy glaze using four cups of pineapple juice, peeled fresh ginger and four cloves of garlic.

With flavors of cloves, Dijon mustard and light brown sugar, the finishing touch is a geometric pattern of pineapple rings and bright red maraschino cherries.

Holiday Ham - Bill's Honey Ham from Penzeys Spices

Bill’s Honey Ham from Penzeys Spices

Bill’s Honey Ham from Penzey’s Spices smells and tastes wonderful, thanks to whole Ceylon cloves studding the meat. Bill’s glaze is a sweet and spicy blend of orange juice, a proprietary sauce called “Raspberry Enlightenment,” black pepper, honey, dill and mustard powder.

Holiday Ham - Bourbon Honey Glazed Ham from Sandra Lee

Bourbon Honey Glazed Ham from Sandra Lee

Sandra Lee makes holiday ham simple with a glaze reviewers call “a huge hit,” “fast and easy” and “the best glaze I have ever had on a ham.”

You probably have most of the ingredients on hand already, too: bourbon or whiskey, honey, molasses, 100 percent fruit marmalade (apricot preserves work in a pinch) and whole cloves. And while you have the bourbon out, whip up some amaretto bourbon punch — Martha Stewart Living calls it “robust” yet “mellow.”

Holiday Ham - Ham in Coca Cola from Nigella Lawson

Ham in Coca Cola from Nigella Lawson

“Only those who have never tried this raise an eyebrow at the idea,” writes Nigella Lawson, who has published a recipe for ham in Coca-Cola in at least two of her cookbooks: the classic “How to Eat” and her namesake “Nigella Bites.” “Don’t hesitate,” she adds, “don’t be anxious: this really works. No one who cooks it, cooks it just once: it always earns a place in every repertoire.”

Beyond sounding delicious in a delightfully low-brow way, ham in cola also looks nearly impossible to mess up. The only ingredients are ham, onion, Coke, cloves, molasses (which Nigella, being British, calls “treacle”), mustard powder and brown sugar. It involves a little bit of boiling, but the results sound divine.

Holiday Ham - Honey Mustard Glazed Ham from CHOW

Honey Mustard Glazed Ham from CHOW

With all the sweetness in a holiday ham from things like brown sugar, molasses, honey and cola, it’s nice to cut it a little bit with the spiciness of a good ground mustard. CHOW’s recipe for honey mustard ham is the simplest of them all, with only four elements in addition to ham — and one of them is butter.

With its “crunchy, sweet crust and juicy interior,” according to CHOW’s Amy Wisniewski, “all you need to worry about is getting a good-quality ham.”

Check out our free “Holiday Ham Guide” and start planning your ham dinner today.

Holiday Ham Guide

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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.

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FREE Holiday Turkey and Ham Cookbooks

CookbooksWhether you’re an old hand at cooking holiday turkeys and hams, or a newbie in the main dish department, or even if you want to try preparing Chef David Burke’s dishwasher turkey, you’ll find great cooking tips and techniques in our FREE holiday turkey and ham cookbooks. As Julia Child said, “This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun.” You can find out how in our cookbooks, available to download here on the blog and also on our Information for Recipients page.

Have you ever had a cooking disaster with turkey or ham, or been a guest for holiday dinner where the main dish didn’t turn out? Turkey too dry, or not quite done in the middle? What about your favorite memories of holiday meals? Did Grandma have a way with ham or add any special touches like orange zest in the turkey stuffing or pineapple rings with maraschino cherries in the middle on the ham? What about glazes? What’s your favorite ingredient for ham glaze? Brown sugar, mustard, honey, molasses, pineapple? Ever try something more exotic like mango? Rachel Ray has a slew of ham glazes, including orange-rosemary, maple-cherry, apricot, and spicy rum and orange. Get some super tips about glazes in our ham cookbook, and find out how to make sure your turkey is moist not dry in our turkey cookbook.

We hope our cookbooks help you prepare the tastiest holiday meals this year. Have the happiest of holidays and may your days be merry and bright!

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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.
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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 !

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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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Five Great Ham Recipes for Breakfast

Or, what to do with all your wonderful leftover holiday ham!

I know I’m not the only one with a Tupperware taking up half of my fridge’s bottom shelf, stuffed with leftover glazed ham. Use those leftovers as inspiration and get a little protein into your morning with these five breakfasts. (Some of them are make-ahead, but all are simple.)

1. Ham and Fontina Frittata

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Easier than an omelet but with all the same ingredients, a frittata is as simple as whisk, pour, bake. Rachael Ray keeps it simple in this recipe, which has just a few ingredients: eggs, milk, ham, cheese, and a little butter and oil for cooking.

It’s simple to add veg, too — try New York Times’ Mark Bittman’smore vegetable less egg” frittata, which can be adapted to whatever’s in your fridge/pantry: onion, broccoli, asparagus, snap peas, tomatoes, mushrooms and more.

2. Ham and Asparagus Quiche

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Photo credit: Charles Masters

Quiche is such a grand breakfast food, probably more suited to brunch than a quick run-out-the-door weekday. Started on a premade pie crust, this ham and asparagus quiche from Real Simple uses Gruyère (and four large eggs) to bring all the flavors together.

Quiche is infinitely adaptable, too, though as with the frittata, parboil or sauté the vegetables that won’t cook through in the oven. The recommendation to serve each wedge of quiche with a green salad dressed with bright vinaigrette is a smart one — the tartness of the dressing cuts through the relative heaviness of the quiche.

3. Ham and Cheese Breakfast Strata

MK5155Strata is like a ham and cheese sandwich saw a tray of lasagna and decided that a casserole pan held its destiny. The sandwich ingredients (bread, ham, cheese, mustard) get bound together with eggs and a few flourishes, like rosemary and roasted red peppers.

This version, from Eating Well, gives a nod to January as get-back-on-the-treadmill month by using skim milk and fewer egg whites for “plenty of flavor, half the calories and one-third the fat of the original.”

4. Honey-glazed Ham on Sweet Potato Biscuits with Blackberry Balsamic Drizzle

ZB0206H_honey-glazed-ham-on-sweet-potato-biscuits-with-blackberry-balsamic-drizzle_s4x3_lgMost breakfast dishes that incorporate ham into the mix use eggs as the glue. But this morning dish, from Food Network “sandwich king” Jeff Mauro, skips them in favor of buttermilk sweet potato biscuits, crunchy arugula and a sweet-spicy drizzle made with fruit preserves, serrano chile, basil and balsamic vinegar.

5. Ham, Artichoke and Potato Gratin

Making a gratin is a little like making lasagna (and both take a long time to cook, so make this one the night before). But the end result, with its lovely layers of thinly sliced potato, ham, artichokes and Comté cheese, is well worth the effort. Bruce Aidells created this recipe, using leftover or good-quality deli ham.

We wish you the best for a healthy, happy and inspired New Year!

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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.
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Olympic Hosts Talk Turkey…or Ham

The summer Olympics are long over (though our fascination with Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt may endure). But let’s not turn away from Britain just yet.

gThankYou! Turkey Sweet Leek Pie

Turkey Sweet Leek Pie
by Jamie Oliver
Photo by David Loftus

Some UK chefs, notably the glamorous Nigella Lawson, school food activist Jamie Oliver and the approachable, affable Simon Hopkinson, have excellent ideas for making the most out of fall and Thanksgiving inspired cooking.

1. London-born Nigella Lawson, the TV show host, chef and celebrated author, has one of the most approachable, entertaining voices of any cookbook writer I’ve ever encountered. Her Ultimate Greek and watermelon/feta salads here on from “Forever Summer” are almost literally addictive — I made one or the other nearly every day for an entire season. “How to Be a Domestic Goddess” (Hyperion, 2001) gave me an amazing apple walnut cake and transformed the way I make brownies.

For those new to entertaining, “Feast: Food to Celebrate Life” (Hyperion, 2004) is a reliable place to start, with ideas for everything from Thanksgiving and Christmas to a first “meet the parents” dinner. Try her recipe for “Spiced and Super-Juicy Roast Turkey,” made with cinnamon, caraway, allspice and cloves, whether it’s a holiday or not.

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Cover, “Roast Chicken and Other Stories”
By Simon Hopkinson

2. London and BBC Food chef Simon Hopkinson is so enamored of roast chicken, he named a book after it. A mash-up of anecdotes and recipes, “Roast Chicken and Other Stories” (Hyperion, 2007) combines influences from world cuisines, including Turkish, French and Spanish food, with British classics, like his mom’s potato cakes.

Each chapter has an ingredient for a title, like anchovies, garlic, scallops, endive, chocolate and, of course, chicken. I can’t wait to try his recipe for pancakes with Parma ham and asparagus, perfect for early fall when the long, green spears are briefly back in season.

Find his deceptively simple, butter-rich recipe for roast chicken at Serious Eats.

gThankYou! Roasted Marmalade Ham

Roasted Marmalade Ham
By Jamie Oliver
Photo by David Loftus

3. From Britain’s favorite Naked Chef to the food revolutionary of rural America, Jamie Oliver has kept at the core of his career the basic, home-cooked meal. With ingredients like lamb shank, mussels, pork and potatoes, he makes British cooking seem both easy and delicious.

Even beginners can enjoy his straightforward recipe for Roasted Marmalade Ham (from “Jamie’s Dinners,” Hyperion, 2004). Or put Thanksgiving leftovers to use in his turkey and sweet leek pie.

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 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.
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Where do you insert a meat thermometer in ham?

For food safety, a good meat thermometer is an essential kitchen tool. It’s just as important to know how to use it properly. This is the topic of much confusion and consternation. Fret not! We’ll clear it up with a common sense tips on where to insert the meat thermometer in your Holiday Ham.

Tip # 1: Always use a meat thermometer when baking ham. This applies regardless whether you’re baking a partially cooked or fully cooked ham. It will tell precisely when your ham is done avoiding over-cooked, dry hams or undercooked meat – which can cause foodborne illness.

You can’t guess at ham doneness by eyeballing or using general per-pound oven cooking times. Ovens vary too greatly, as to peoples’ eyeball perception of doneness.

Tip #2: Use the thermometer of your choice. There are many types of meat and food thermometers on the market. Choose the one you feel the most comfortable using. They’ll all do the job.

Tip #3: Insert the thermometer probe into the thickest part of the meat, avoiding the bone. For any bone-in ham, the thickest part is going to be the cut portion of the ham. But when baking a ham, it’s by far best to bake it cut side down to preserve juices. This is necessary if you’re cooking a spiral sliced ham. Solve this dilemma by inserting the thermometer at an angle from above into the thick portion below, while being careful to not insert too far to hit the bone.

Read more about meat thermometers and food safety from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. Enjoy your Holiday Ham, and please share with us your best tips on using a meat thermometer with Ham.

For more ham recipes and cooking tips, be sure to download our FREE “Holiday Ham” Cookbook.  Click the image below to download your cookbook now.


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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.
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Ham Glazes that Pop

If you’re looking for a different ham glazes to jazz up your Holiday Ham this year, try a glaze with real pop.

Peculiar as it may sound, soda pop is a tried and true ingredient in many ham glaze variations, used in recipes by such celebrity cooks as Emeril Lagasse and Nigella Lawson. These concoctions use nearly any pop, any brand found on your grocer’s shelves – colas, ginger ales and lemon-lime sodas, orange, cherry, even diet soda to cut the calories (you get the picture).

What’s the benefit of adding pop? That carbonation in the soda acts to cut the sharpness of the salty flavor of some hams. This is a big plus particularly if your taste buds react more strongly to sodium.

The most basic ham glaze contains a type of sugar (brown or maple sugar are common), an acidic liquid (such as vinegar) and flavoring agents for subtle or bold tang and spice – depending on your preference. In these, the soda replaces the vinegar and adds flavor as well.

Here are some to get you thinking:

Use these to add pop to your glaze or experiment with your own soda pop ham glazes, then share with us the results.

The #1 Best Tasting Way to Prepare Ham

A nicely cooked ham is beautiful to behold. But how do you prepare the absolute, #1 Best Tasting Ham? Borrowing advice from the ham-savvy Serious Eats Food Lab, it’s easy: 1) Buy the right ham, and 2) Don’t screw it up. Fair enough.

But, seriously, ham needn’t be a complex dish. With these simple tips, you’re guaranteed to have success.

Know your ham. Many are probably unaware of the different types of ham available. Most of the hams sold in grocery stores are of the city ham variety (there are also country hams and fresh hams). You’ll recognize them filling chilled meat cases everywhere you look this month as people shop for their Holiday Ham. City hams are brined then either smoked or boiled to be moist and tender. Most are partially or fully cooked and come in a variety of choices – bone in, spiral cut, etc.

What to buy. Since most people in the U.S. choose city hams, we’ll focus on them here. There are many fine city hams to choose. One absolute: bone-in hams are more flavorful. Period. Plus, the bone makes a great soup stock.

What’s the word on water content? The more water added to the product, the less your ham will taste like a ham and it will have less of a meat-like texture. Aim for the highest protein to water ratio that you can afford, and remember this is the season for great ham deals at many markets.

Cook it right. You might think there’s little to cooking a ham. You’re mostly right, but a couple simple tips will help you nail it perfectly the first time. Note that regardless whether you choose a fully or partially cooked ham, cooking it is essential. For the former, it will enhance its flavor and juiciness. For the latter, it’s necessary.

Baking your ham is the hands-down best way to prepare it. Wrap your ham in aluminum foil, and place it in an oven bag cut side down inside a roasting pan. This method helps prevent you from inadvertently drying out your ham and is worth the effort.

If it’s a spiral-cut ham, it’s particularly important to place the ham in your roasting pan facing cut side down so the cut slices do not flop apart, dry and ruin your dish.

A partially cooked ham will need to cook 20 minutes per pound at about 350 degrees (175 celsius).A fully cooked ham will take less time, about 10 minutes per pound, to heat through.

Since ovens and hams vary, use a meat thermometer to gauge exactly when the ham is done. For accuracy, it’s important to know exactly where to insert the thermometer probe in your ham. Choose the center of the thickest part of your ham avoiding the bone. I usually go in at an angle from above,

You’ll know your ham is ready to come out of the oven when your thermometer reads about 140-degrees. It will continue to cook while it rests and stopping at this point will keep your ham juicy. The recommended rest period is 30 minutes, tented under foil, prior to slicing and serving.

That’s it! With these few simple steps you can choose, cook and serve the perfect Holiday Ham or Ham dinner any time. Share your tips with us here.

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 KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
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“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.