This review goes for both the Honey & Brown Sugar hams. I've tried both. I bought this ham for Easter lunch & leftovers I could freeze for later meals. I have purchased & made other hams before, but never from this brand. The reason we bought it was because, we are on a budget & it was A LOT of ham for a little price! You can't beat that! After coming home & reading the ratings, I was a little confused. My ham wasn't overly fatty. Although I could understand others having that complaint if their's was indeed fatty at all. I thought it had the perfect amount for flavoring, but You're not paying for fat.. you're paying for meat! Mine was spiral cut, All the way to the bone. Again, yet another complaint I could understand.. somewhat.. 1st world problems.. This is something you could fix. But then I heard someone say it was slimy & inedible, & it hand others liking the review, saying it was helpful... Nooo! This one I did not understand until I opened the package. So just a friendly reminder to All regarding a review listed below.. Even though the packaging says "Cooked Ham".. You still need to put the ham in the oven in order for it to warm through & add your glaze. If you don't do this, it will be slimy & inedible! Another review said they added the powdered glaze to the ham after warming through & it ended up being powdery after broiling... Again, this can be easily fixed. I did the same thing & mine turned out perfect. I think we could chalk this up to human error & not being too firmilar with cooking hams.. We've all been there!
I cooked the ham per directions & used the given glaze packet. The directions came off of the packaging just fine for me, but I have had this issue before with others. I covered the ham tightly with foil (if you have a lid that will fit, add the lid over the foil) & cooked it @ 325 for 10 min., Per Pound. I took it out every 20 to 30 minutes to baste the ham & made sure the foil was on tight every time. Once it was finished warming through. I flipped the ham to it's side, fanned out the slices. Then I baste the ham once more, Really Well, then lightly sprinkled all of the powdered glaze, over the ham. If you baste the ham well before, you will see that the powder starts soaking up some of the liquid you just added during basting. Even though the broiler should melt the sugars I took some precautions. If there were Any places that were too powdery. I simply poured a little more juice over those areas. Then broiled on low, turning once, till everything turned a nice golden brown color. If you don't have a broiler, you can use a cooking tourch for the glaze powder, in order to melt it over the ham. If you don't have a low setting on your broiler, leave the oven door cracked open a few inches. I took a little extra step in basting while it was warming, & I wish they would have added that to the directions because, reguardless of the ham, there's always a chance for it to dry out, hams are easy to overcook & ovens dry things out.. So it ALWAYS helps to baste. I can see where these directions would be confusing for beginners who need everything REALLY organized. Like I said, we've all been there. So I hope these tips help.
In my opinion, this ham was a steal for the price. It wasn't too fatty at all. It had a Really nice smokey sweet flavor. It's not The Absolute Best in my book, hence the 4 stars, but it's definitely one of my top favorites, especially for the price! It was only "slimy" once it 1st came out of the packaging & that's due to the prior cooking & preserving juices, before packaging. Those juices thin out once everything warms up. It did NOT dry out At All, once I finished cooking it. I had leftovers today & the ham was still moist. I really don't see Any issues with the ham I bought. I definitely think that if you're a 1st timer you shouldn't let the other reviews scare you, or turn you away. I Really don't think a few of the reviewers knew what they were doing, so please don't let it scare you. Give it a shot! Impress yourself! It's Really easy once you do it & these steps are super simple. For Ham "Experts", I think you'd enjoy this as well. The ham has a wonderful smokeyness to it, & the flavor infused into the ham isn't over powering, so there's a lot of room to play around with different flavor combos! Hope this helps!
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