Cooking a Ham

I have a ham that will take 10 hours to cook. Can I cook it 5 hours one day and then 5 hours the next?

By Tana from Los Lunas, NM

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December 21, 20090 found this helpful

Wow! I did not know hams took that long to bake. It must be a large fresh ham then? I would say 'NO' to splitting the times between 2 days and that applies to any types of meat. When the meat is not fully cooked and especially then when allowed to sit for a day in the fridge half cooked that is when it leaves the doors open for bacteria. So cook in all in one sitting for the 10 hours.

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/ham/index.asp

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December 21, 20090 found this helpful

Agree with Kaelle. Your only other option would be to cut the ham in half which should cut the cooking time in half. Freeze the half you don't need and fully cook the other half. If you need both halves for one sitting maybe you can cook one half at home and the other half at a friends. You could cook one half completely, refrigerate it, and microwave it before serving just before the second half finishes cooking. Then you would be able to cook the first half a day early.

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December 23, 20090 found this helpful

Geez Loueeze, do you think you might have your hams and porks mixed up? Ham is already cooked and all you are doing is heating it through and making the glaze sticky no more than 2 hours, and Pork is RAW cooked at 20mins per pound, the first 30mins on high temp for the crackling, about 2-3hours in total.

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