How to Cook a Frozen Ham

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How to Cook a Frozen Ham
Score the fat on the side of the ham in a diamond pattern to add visual appeal. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

If a sudden power outage has rendered your freezer useless, there's no need to despair if you find yourself with a frozen ham that needs to be cooked on the fly. Perhaps a large ham is taking up too much room in your freezer, and you want to free up the space. Or, you're living a hostess's nightmare -- you forgot to thaw the main course. Regardless of the reason, cooking a frozen ham is a relatively simple task. Before you know it, you will be sinking your teeth into a juicy, glazed slice of cooked ham.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Aluminium foil
  • Roasting pan
  • Glaze

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    Thawing Ham

  1. 1

    Fill sink with cold tap water so that the water completely submerses the ham.

  2. 2

    Put ham in the cold water to defrost, keeping the wrapping on the ham so it does not contaminate the water. A small ham requires two to three hours to thaw, and a larger ham requires 30 minutes per pound.

  3. 3

    Remove ham from water bath when it is completely thawed and remove packaging.

    Baking the Ham

  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 163 degrees Celsius and line roasting pan with aluminium foil.

  2. 2

    Place ham in pan, with the fat side up. Leave the ham uncovered.

  3. 3

    Cook ham in oven for 20 minutes to 30 minutes per pound of meat.

  4. 4

    Apply glaze during the last 30 minutes of baking.

  5. 5

    Remove the cooked ham from oven, allowing it to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

Tips and warnings

  • Unlike turkey or chicken, hams should not be basted with their own fluid. This fluid is often too salty and will wash away any glaze on the ham.
  • Sanitise all of the surfaces and utensils used in the thawing process.
  • Never thaw ham or other meat using hot water because it facilitates the growth of bacteria.

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