Juices for Slow Cooking Ham

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A variety of different juices are great for adding flavor to a slow cooking ham. Learn about juices for slow cooking a ham with help from a culinary professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Monte from Montesham.com, and today I want to show you how to cook ham using fruit juice as something that keeps your ham moist and imparts different flavors depending on what you choose to use. One of the standbys obviously is you can use white wine. The suggestion is that you really have a half inch in your baking pan of wine and what this will do is it will, it will evaporate as its cooking, bring flavor to the ham. Now wine is an excellent choice. Also, you can consider using apple juice and I highly recommend that you use apple juice that is all natural and without any added sugar when you're doing this. Similarly cranberry juice believe it or not is a really wonderful adjunct to ham, gives it a very nice and different taste and of course there is the classic orange juice but interestingly enough there is pear juice as well and you might want to try this. You will not believe how your kitchen smells because what you do is after you've poured a half inch of liquid, whichever one you choose, apple, orange, cranberry, pear, white wine, you take large sheets of aluminum foil and you cover the ham completely and the sides of the pan. This is important that you do this because you want the evaporating juice to stay within the roasting pan, not to escape through the oven. You could try and be thrifty but if you want to really make sure that this works, use two big pieces of heavy duty foil. I guarantee you this will be the most juicy and moist and tender ham you've ever eaten. Ham should be cooked low and slow. You should start your ham in a very warm oven of 300 degrees, 325 degree oven. The ham should actually sit in the oven for two hours covered like this. Now at the two hour mark this is the point at which you're going to start glazing your ham. It will be absolutely perfect for the other next hour and a half that it's going to take. Your total cook time should be three and a half hours for a large ham like this. What you want to do in the glazing process is to build up the glaze so you get a really wonderful sugary brown sugary crispy outside to your ham. So every, what we do is we brush our glaze on, and then at the half hour mark we pull it again and we do another layer of glaze, building the glaze up until you have something that is really mahogany beautiful and that's how to take juice and make the juiciest ham you've ever tasted. I'm Monte of Monte's ham, a naturally juicy ham which I'm sure you'll enjoy every bite of.

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