Are you planning to serve a delicious spiral ham for your next family gathering or holiday feast?
If so, you may be wondering how long to cook it for maximum flavor and tenderness.
Look no further than Appleton Farms Spiral Ham, a fully cooked and ready-to-serve option that can be heated to perfection in just a few simple steps.
Whether you prefer to heat it in the oven or on the grill, we’ve got you covered with expert tips and tricks for a mouthwatering meal that will impress your guests.
So grab your apron and let’s get cooking!
How Long To Cook Appleton Farms Spiral Ham?
The cooking time for Appleton Farms Spiral Ham will depend on the weight of the ham. As a general rule, you should plan on heating the ham for approximately 12-15 minutes per pound at a temperature of 275°F.
For example, if you have a 5-pound ham, you should heat it for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes. If you have a larger ham, such as a 10-pound ham, you should plan on heating it for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours and 45 minutes.
It’s important to note that Appleton Farms Spiral Ham is fully cooked, so you are simply reheating it to serve. To ensure that the ham stays moist and tender, be sure to cover it tightly with foil or a lid while heating.
Preparing Your Appleton Farms Spiral Ham
Before heating your Appleton Farms Spiral Ham, it is important to remove all of the packaging materials. If the ham has been pre-glazed, gently distribute the glaze over the entire surface of the ham.
To heat the ham, preheat your oven to 275°F. Place the ham in a pan or roasting pan with the sliced side facing down. Cover the ham tightly with foil or a lid to keep it moist while heating.
Plan on heating the ham for approximately 12-15 minutes per pound, depending on its weight. For example, a 5-pound ham should be heated for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes, while a 10-pound ham should be heated for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours and 45 minutes.
If you prefer to gently warm the ham, you can preheat your oven to 275°F and cover the ham tightly with foil. Heat the ham for 20 minutes per pound or until it reaches an internal temperature of 120°F.
Once the ham is heated, you can choose to use the included glaze packet or make your own glaze. If using the included glaze packet, remove the ham from the oven 30 minutes before it is done heating. Empty the contents of the glaze packet into a small saucepan and add 4 teaspoons of warm water. Heat the glaze mixture on high, stirring constantly until it begins to boil. Using a glazing brush, apply the glaze evenly over the surface of the warm ham.
If making your own glaze, you can brush it over the ham during the last 20 minutes of cooking time, brushing it in between each slice for maximum flavor.
Once heated and glazed, remove the ham from the oven and let it rest for about 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!
Oven Heating Instructions For Appleton Farms Spiral Ham
To heat your Appleton Farms Spiral Ham in the oven, preheat your oven to 275°F. Remove all packaging materials and place the ham face down directly into a baking dish or roasting pan. Cover the ham tightly with foil or a lid to trap in moisture and prevent it from drying out.
For a 5-pound ham, heat it for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes. For a larger ham, such as a 10-pound ham, heat it for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours and 45 minutes. It’s important to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the ham. The internal temperature should reach 120°F.
If you wish to glaze the ham, follow the instructions on the packaging about 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Open the prepared glaze packet and brush half of the contents on the surface of the ham. If the ham was placed in a cooking bag, carefully cut open the bag and pull it away from the ham before applying the glaze. Heat glazed ham uncovered for an additional 10 minutes at 275°F.
Once your Appleton Farms Spiral Ham is fully heated, remove it from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. Remember that this ham is fully cooked, so you can serve it hot or cold depending on your preference.
Grilling Instructions For Appleton Farms Spiral Ham
If you want to add some extra flavor to your Appleton Farms Spiral Ham, grilling it is a great option. Here’s how to do it:
1. Preheat your grill to 275-300 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Place the ham, flat side down, on a disposable aluminum pan. If the ham is particularly heavy, you may want to double up on the pans.
3. Pour some kind of juice over the ham, such as orange, pineapple, or apple. You can also use a sweet and sour mix.
4. Grill the ham over indirect heat for about 20 minutes per pound.
5. During the last 20 minutes of cooking time, brush the included brown sugar glaze in between each slice.
6. Remove the ham from the grill and let it rest for about 10 minutes, tented with aluminum foil.
By grilling your Appleton Farms Spiral Ham, you’ll enhance its smoky flavor and give it a delicious caramelized glaze. It’s a simple and easy way to elevate your holiday meal or any special occasion.
Tips For Achieving Maximum Flavor And Tenderness
To achieve maximum flavor and tenderness when heating your Appleton Farms Spiral Ham, consider the following tips:
1. Let the ham come to room temperature before heating: This will ensure that the ham heats evenly and prevents any cold spots.
2. Use a roasting pan with a rack: Placing the ham on a rack in the roasting pan will allow for even heating and prevent the bottom of the ham from becoming soggy.
3. Baste the ham with its own juices: To keep the ham moist, baste it with its own juices during the heating process. You can also add a small amount of liquid, such as apple juice or water, to the bottom of the pan to further enhance moisture.
4. Glaze the ham for added flavor: If desired, use the included ham glaze or make your own glaze to add extra flavor to the ham. Apply the glaze during the last 30 minutes of heating time for optimal results.
5. Let the ham rest before slicing: After heating, let the ham rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing. This will allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more tender and flavorful ham.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your Appleton Farms Spiral Ham is not only fully heated but also deliciously flavorful and tender.
Serving Suggestions For Your Appleton Farms Spiral Ham
Once your Appleton Farms Spiral Ham is fully heated, it’s time to serve it up! There are a variety of ways to enjoy this delicious ham, whether you’re serving it as the main course for a holiday meal or slicing it up for sandwiches and snacks.
One simple serving suggestion is to slice the ham thinly and serve it with a variety of mustards, pickles, and breads for a DIY sandwich bar. You can also add some cheese and lettuce to make a more substantial sandwich.
If you’re looking for a more elegant presentation, you can glaze the ham with the included glaze packet or make your own glaze using honey, brown sugar, and mustard. Simply brush the glaze over the ham during the last 20-30 minutes of cooking and let it caramelize in the oven.
Another option is to serve the ham with a variety of sides, such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh salad. The salty flavor of the ham pairs well with sweet or savory sides, so feel free to get creative with your menu.
Finally, don’t forget about leftovers! Appleton Farms Spiral Ham is perfect for sandwiches, omelets, and casseroles. You can also freeze leftover ham for later use in soups and stews. With so many serving options, this ham is sure to be a hit at any meal.