Cooking Spiral Ham in a Cooking Bag: An Easy Recipe

Enjoy a moist and delicious ham!

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Ham is the meat from the hind leg and rump section of a hog. Ham is commercially available in many forms. Purchase ham fresh, canned, cured, or fully cooked. Fully cooked hams do not require additional cooking and are often labeled "ready to eat" or "heat and serve". Always check ham labels for proper preparation and cooking instructions.


Spiral-cut hams are fully cooked and ready to eat. Spiral-cut hams can be served cold, at room temperature or warmed in the oven. Cooking spiral hams in a cooking bag will warm it up while keeping it moist, preventing dryness. Let's go over the steps involved when cooking a spiral ham in a cooking bag.

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1. Preheat Oven

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. and remove the spiral ham from the packaging materials.



Rub the ham with a spice rub or brown sugar and add pineapple rings on top to add even more flavor.

2. Place Spiral Ham in Cooking Bag

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Insert ham into the cooking bag. Place ham face down onto a roasting pan or baking dish. Then, close the cooking bag with the nylon tie that's included in the bag. A closed bag will encourage the ham to steam and heat all the way through instead of burning, so make sure it's completely closed before baking. Cut a few slits in the top of the cooking bag to allow steam to escape.


3. Place Ham in Oven

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Warm ham in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes per pound. Remove ham from oven when heated throughout or until the internal temperature of the ham has reached 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Take ham out of the cooking bag and let it rest on the counter for 10 minutes without touching it. Resting it will ensure the ham is moist and juicy on the inside. Slicing it open right away could dry it out.

Once it's rested, slice ham and serve it however you'd like.


Apply glaze to ham for added flavor and moisture if desired. Brush glaze onto ham 30 minutes before the end of warming time. Store ham leftovers in the refrigerator for three to five days.


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