How to Cook a 12-Pound Cured Ham

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A cured ham is one that has been treated with salt, nitrates and nitrites, either by injection with the solution or by immersion into the solution, called a wet cure, or by rubbing dry ingredients on the exterior of the ham, known as a dry cure. A ham is preserved, flavored and tinted pink by curing. Cooking a 12-pound cured ham properly requires using a low temperature and roasting for the correct amount of time.

Things You'll Need

  • 12-pound ham
  • Baking pan
  • Whole cloves
  • Meat thermometer
  • Remove ham from the refrigerator an hour or two before you plan to begin cooking it so that it will come to room temperature.

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

  • Score the ham skin and fat with a knife, creating a crisscross pattern of diamonds.

  • Stick a whole clove into each intersection of the scoring.

  • Put the ham into the baking pan and then put the pan in the oven.

  • Estimate the amount of time the ham will need to cook. A 12-pound ham will take about 18 to 20 minutes per pound to bake, or roughly three and one-half to four hours. At the lowest time estimate, begin checking the internal temperature. When it reaches 160 degrees F, the ham is done.

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