Christmas ham is a must-have on Christmas day. In particular, our very special Bangalow Sweet Pork ham. Even though this is the type of ham we eat all year round, there’s something exciting about cooking up a perfect Christmas ham.
If you’ve always struggled to get your ham right, don’t worry because that’s where we come in to help! As professional butchers, it’s safe to say we know all the hot tips when it comes to cooking a delicious Christmas ham.
We want you to cook to impress this Christmas, which is why we’ve put together the ultimate guide for cooking the juiciest and most flavourful Christmas ham. Follow these simple tips and you’ll be asked to host Christmas lunch EVERY year!
Choose the Right Christmas Ham
First things first… choosing the right Christmas ham. A LOT of options out there, it can be a bit confusing when trying to find what hams right for you!
Well, if you’ve found yourself in this situation, we want to introduce to you our Bangalow Sweet Pork ham. We aren’t joking around when we say this ham is the best you can get. It’s antibiotic-free, has no added hormones and is 100% Australian! It has absolutely everything you need to cook up a PERFECT Christmas ham.
Bangalow Sweet Pork has been providing only the best quality and best-tasting pork in Australia for over 25 years now. Just to top it off, they promote Sustainable Agriculture Practices!
We use this ham ourselves every single Christmas and it has never disappointed.
Get the Right Sized Christmas Ham
Of course, everyone’s second favourite part of Christmas (after the perfect Christmas ham) is the leftovers the next day. There’s nothing better than waking up the day after Christmas, knowing you have leftovers to eat throughout the day.
BUT, in saying this, it’s important to get the right-sized ham for the number of guests. This might seem obvious, but the bigger the ham is, the longer it takes to cook. But what you might not realise is that the longer the ham takes to cook, the more likely it is to dry out. And NO ONE wants dry ham. We are trying to aim for the juiciest ham of all.
As a general rule of thumb, 200 grams to 350 grams of ham is a good amount per person. And because it’s Christmas, we suggest leaning towards the heavier side, because well… it’s Christmas!
Wrap Your Christmas Ham in Foil
If you want to keep your ham moist and juicy (which all of you should want to do), make sure you wrap the entire Christmas ham in foil. This little trick does absolute wonders when it comes to keeping those much-needed delicious juices in the ham.
What happens if you don’t wrap your ham in foil? Instead of the juices being in the ham where it’s supposed to be, you’ll find it at the bottom of your roasting pan.
Cook the Christmas Ham for The Right Time
You should preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Each kilo of ham needs approximately 20 minutes in the oven. However, if you’re unsure on how long your ham needs, just ask one of our team members.
If you visit us in-store to get your Christmas ham, we will be more than happy to give you advice on the best cooking time for the size ham that you’ve purchased.
Glaze, glaze & GLAZE!!!!
An amazing glaze can take your Christmas ham from 0 to 100 REAL QUICK. The best part about glaze is that there are so many options! So, you can honestly choose what you prefer. Whether that’s a simple brown sugar glaze, a delicious pineapple maple-glaze or a spiced apricot maple glaze. The options are endless!! Simply find the recipe that stands out to you and follow it step by step to make the most out of the yummy goodness of glaze.
If you are wanting to give your Christmas ham that beautiful lacquered finish, your glaze will need to include some form of sugar, such as honey, brown sugar or maple syrup.
When your ham is in the oven, we suggest brushing the glaze over your ham every 15 to 20 minutes. Just keep the glaze near your oven and set an alarm on your phone. We don’t want you getting distracted and forgetting to glaze your ham!! This is an UNMISSABLE step to achieving the best Christmas ham.
And OF COURSE, after you’ve finished glazing your ham every 15-20 minutes, don’t forget to recover your ham in foil.
Let the Christmas Ham Rest
Once your Christmas ham is properly cooked (the ham should be a deep golden colour) and well glazed, you need to rest it! Make sure the ham is resting while still wrapped in foil. Rest it for 15 minutes, slice and serve.
And just a last little tip: don’t slice the entire ham. Slice just enough for everyone to eat and leave the rest of the ham as is. This is a little trick for keeping the Christmas ham fresh and juicy.
I don’t know about you, but our mouths are watering from this blog. So, what are you waiting for? Come in to visit us.