Cooking and Baking Instructions
There are many ways to prepare country hams, each as delicious
as the other. The first step is to wash the ham thoroughly. If
the ham is covered with mold, don’t be alarmed; aged
hams will mold without damage or danger. You should, however,
wash the ham in hot water and scrub off the mold and pepper with
a stiff brush. After washing it, soak it overnight, or up to 24
hours if you prefer a less salty taste, and the ham is over
seven months old.
Place the ham in a roaster, fat side up, add one cup of water
and bake at 325 degrees, allowing 20 to 25 minutes per pound.
Alternate Baking Method:
Place the ham in a roaster with five to seven cups of water
(skin side up). Cover the roaster tightly. Preheat the oven to
500 degrees, place the roaster in the oven and cook at 500
degrees for 15 minutes only. Turn the oven off and leave for
three hours. Turn the oven to 500 degrees again for 15 minutes
only. Leave the ham in oven for six to eight hours. Do not open
the oven door once the ham has been placed in the oven. The ham
should not be exposed to the 500- degree temperature more than a
total of 30 minutes.
Cooking then baking:
For cooking and baking place the ham in the broiler fat side
down. Cover the ham with water, let it come to a boil, then
simmer, 20 to 25 minutes per pound for cooking. Keep the ham
covered with water while cooking. When the ham is done, remove
the skin, dot the ham with cloves, and sprinkle it with brown sugar. Bake it in the oven until it is brown.
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