How to Bake a Ham in a Paper Bag


Ham is delicious whether cooked or not, but one old-fashioned way to prepare it is by baking the ham in a brown paper bag. This allegedly makes the ham extra tender and delicious, without giving it a sweet flavor many other recipes do. If you choose to bake a ham in a brown paper bag be sure to use a glue and ink-free one and never use a recycled bag from the grocery store as these could release harmful fumes when heated.

Things You'll Need

  • Brown paper bag
  • Ham
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

Step 1

Insert the ham into a plain (ink and glue free) brown paper bag and roll up the end to keep moisture from escaping the bag during the baking process. Place the bag inside a large baking pan.

Step 2

Bake the ham at 325 degrees for 15 minutes per pound of ham. For a 3-pound ham, bake for 45 minutes, for example.

Step 3

Remove the ham from the paper bag and score it.

Step 4

Mix the mustard with brown sugar and slather the ham with this mixture. Bake for 30 more minutes in the baking pan without a cover.


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