This question pops in your mind if you are new to the cooking world, that how long to bake a ham in the oven. Well if you have uncooked ham then cook it until its internal temperature reaches 160°F. While if you have cooked ham, then bake it till its internal temperature becomes 140°F. Before cooking the ham, keep it at the room temperature for about 2 hours.
The main factor which determines the time duration to bake a ham is its size and secondly, if it is uncooked, partially or fully cooked and 3rd whether it is boneless or bone-in ham. The best technique to check if the meat is cooked enough is that you can check it for doneness. To maintain the juiciness of ham, it is essential not to overbake it. For making ham a safe food, it should be properly cooked before eating. Given below are some signs to check while determining the doneness:
- When a meat fort pokes ham, little resistance will be shown by the meat.
- Meat and bones start getting separated, and it becomes easy to move larger bones.
- Use a meat thermometer to ensure the level of doneness. In case of partially or uncooked ham, place the meat thermometer into the thickest portion of cut and temperature should be 160°F, whereas for fully cooked bacon- it must be 140°F.
For getting best results, you should remove the meat from the oven when the internal temperature of meat read 5° less than the desired temperature and then allow it to rest for about 15 to 20 minutes. The reason is that when you allow it to rest after removing from the oven, due to heat enclosed inside it will let it cook further. The second benefit is that before the ham is carved, in resting position the juices are evenly distributed throughout the meat. Carve or slice it to your desired thickness.
Roasting/Baking Tips for how long to bake a ham:
- Apply a glaze to the meat for adding extra delicious flavor during the last 20 minutes of the baking time.
- Don’t ever roast or bake the ham below 200°F, baking the ham at a lower temperature (not less than 200°F) will result in more moist and flavorful meat. Although this needs more time to cook the meat but the end product will worth that wait.
- Always use less sharp utensils for turning the ham while baking or cooking as sharp harms will pierce the meat, and all tasty juices will escape out. Use spatulas or wooden tools for handling the meat.
- If you are planning to cook more than one ham, then keep a uniform distance between each, so that they can be baked evenly. There must be enough space available to each ham so that heat and air can easily circulate.
I hope your query that how long to bake a ham is solved now. Follow the steps and tips to bake your ham perfectly.