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Baked ham from scratch – Hot or cold for sandwiches

In this post I show you how you can make baked ham yourself. With a moderate effort you achieve a super tasty result.

The great thing is that when you make your own baked ham, you know exactly what ingredients are in it and where your meat comes from. These are exactly the things I love about homemade products. 

A baked ham is super tasty on a freshly baked loaf of bread and a great change from the classic ham. You can eat it cold or warm. Both variations are super good. 

You want to learn more about ham? No problem, I have written down everything you need to know in my ham book.

Here you can find the complete baked ham recipe as a video or to read through.

Have fun and good luck making it!

Making your own baked ham- What do you need?

baked ham-all ingredients

Ingredients per kg

  • 1 kg ham from the bottom shell ideally with rind

Spices for the curing mixture: 

You can also cure the ham with other herbs or spices. I, personally, prefer it more “puristic”.

Equipment for making baked ham

Roasting pan

For the baking you ideally have a roasting pan. Alternatively, you can use only aluminum foil.

Making baked Ham- Step-By-Step Instructions

1. Clean up the meat and remove all tendons and silverskin.

baked ham-silverskin

2. Pour the spice mixture over the meat. Make sure the meat is covered all over. Also make sure that you weighed out the spices correctly. This is crucial with this method.

baked ham-spices

3. Put the piece of meat together with the seasoning mixture into a vacuum bag. Make sure all of the spice mixture goes into the bag with it. Alternatively, you can use a zip-lock bag and press the air out in cold water. 

baked ham-bag

4. Vacuum seal the bag.  

baked ham-vacuum

5. Put the piece of meat in the refrigerator for curing. Per cm of thickness, the ham will take about 1.5 days. I had my 4 cm thick piece in the refrigerator for about 7 days. Do not cure the meat shorter. Longer works fine.

baked ham-curing

6. After the curing is completed, you can take the ham out of the bag. The meat should now be firmer and lost some weight in the process.

baked ham-optional

7. Pad the meat dry with a paper towell. You could also wash off the spices under cold water. However, I leave them on.

baked ham-hard

8. Put the meat into the roasting pan. Small tip: wet skewers under the meat; otherwise the ham will burn easily. 

baked ham-bars

9. The baked ham should now be placed with the lid on in a preheated oven at 160 °C (320 °F) for approx. 1.5 – 2 hours. The core temperature is the most important metric. Depending on the roasting pan and oven, the cooking may be faster or slower. The target temperature is 68 °C (154.4 °F).

baked ham-bake

10. Shortly before you reach the target temperature (i.e. at approx. 65 °C (149 °F)) you can remove the lid and cut a nice pattern into the rind. It is best to wrap the meat with aluminum foil to prevent the meat from cooking too quickly. This way you can crisp up the rind at high heat with the grill function.

baked ham-rind

11. The baked ham is now ready 😄 You can eat it directly warm or let it cool down and rest overnight in the fridge. Have fun making it. 

baked ham-ready

What is the shelf life of baked ham?

It can be kept in the refrigerator for 1 week. You can also freeze it in portions.



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  1. Daniel that’s a nice simple recipe that anyone with an Oven of some sort can make. Your easy to follow instructions make this a must, I will give it a go as I’m always looking for cold cuts that are easy to make. I now live on the Tropical Island of Phuket in Thailand and have been making Charcuterie at home for over 40 years. There is always something to learn and simple is sometimes best.
    Keep up with the recipes I enjoy reading them.

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