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Ham Preparation

Preparing your Boneless Cure 81® ham


  1. Heat oven to 325°F.
  2. Have available a large baking pan, a 1-cup measuring cup and aluminum foil.
  3. Remove ham from packaging and place in baking pan.
  4. Add 1 cup water to the pan.
  5. Cover the pan securely with foil.
  6. Bake the ham 20 minutes per pound. The optimum serving temperature is 135°F. to 140°F.
  7. See the recipe below for a spiced cranberry glaze recipe.
  8. If using a glaze, apply half of the glaze 30 minutes before the ham is done baking.
  9. Continue baking, uncovered, 30 minutes.
  10. Serve the ham with the remaining glaze.

Spiced Cranberry Glaze

1 (16-ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup orange juice
½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon allspice

Mix all ingredients over low heat until smooth.

Preparing your Boneless Cure 81® ham ( PDF)

Preparing your Hormel® Cure 81® Bone-in Ham


Traditional Cure 81 Bone In Ham


  1. Heat oven to 275°F.
  2. Start with a large baking pan or roaster with 2 to 3 inch sides, aluminum foil, a 1-cup measuring cup, a small bowl, a tablespoon, a teaspoon and a spoon to mix and apply the glaze.
  3. Remove the ham from the packaging and discard the bone guard. Place face-down in baking pan.
  4. Add 1 cup water to the pan.
  5. Cover the baking pan securely with foil or cover with roasting pan lid.
  6. Bake 15 minutes per pound or until the ham is warm. The optimum serving temperature is 135°F. to 140°F.
  7. To prepare the glaze, mix the contents of the included glaze packet with 2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon of water in bowl.
  8. Stir the glaze until smooth.
  9. Remove the ham from the oven and remove the foil.
  10. Raise the oven temperature to 425°F.
  11. Spread the glaze mixture over the entire ham.
  12. Return the ham to the oven, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  13. Garnish and serve.

Preparing your Bone-in Cure 81® ham ( PDF)

Preparing your Hormel® Cure 81® Oven Ready™ Bone-in Ham


Oven Ready Cure 81 ham

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Remove the ham from the outer bag, but keep the ham in the Fool-Proof™ oven bag. Leave glaze packet stand at room temperature.
  2. 2. Place ham with largest cut surface facedown in a baking pan with 2-inch sides.  Place in oven, allowing enough room for the bag to expand without touching the oven racks or walls.  Heat ham for 10-12 minutes per pound, or until heated through.
  3. 3. Remove ham from the oven. Carefully cut the oven bag diagonally in both directions, watching for hot steam.  Pull the top of the oven bag away from the ham. Heat glaze packet in microwave on HIGH for 15-20 seconds, then knead the packet.  Snip the corner of the glaze packet and drizzle over the entire ham.  Let the ham stand for 5 minutes to allow the glaze to set, then transfer the ham from the oven bag to a large serving platter. Remove the bone guard.  Serve and enjoy!