Frequent Questions About Crock Pot Ham
How Do You Warm Up a Precooked Ham?
Most spiral cut hams are precooked, so when you prepare one you are actually only warming it up. We love using the crock pot slow cooker to warm up precooked ham as it is the perfect way to keep the ham from drying out while also adding tons of flavor.
Precooked hams can also be warmed up in the oven or microwave. The best way to do this is with steam as opposed to dry heat.
How Do I Cook a Frozen Ham?
The best way to cook a frozen ham is by thawing it first. If you need to thaw a frozen ham quickly, submerge it in cool water and drain/refill the water about every 15 minutes until the ham is fully thawed.
Can You Eat a Ham That Has Been Frozen For Two Years?
You can eat a ham that has been frozen for two years if it has been frozen at a constant 0 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to note, however, that the quality of the meat will begin to deteriorate after a few months of being frozen.
How Long To Cook a Ham?
Since we’re only heating up a precooked ham when preparing spiral cut ham recipes, it’s important not to overcook and dry out the meat.
Our crockpot ham is generally done between two and four hours, this will depend on the size and shape of your ham.
How Much Ham Per Person?
An 8 pound ham can feed 9 to 10 people (you’ll want to estimate about 3/4 pound per person for a bone-in ham and 1/2 pound for boneless).
We like to do a 9 or 10 pound ham for our family of 7 so we have plenty of leftover ham for make ahead breakfast sandwiches and breakfast casserole!
Tips for Crock Pot Ham
- Make sure you’re purchasing a ham that will fit in your crock pot or slow cooker. My favorite is a basic 7 quart oval crock pot.
- If you purchase a ham that is too big for the crock pot, trim it down with a knife and place the extra ham pieces around the sides of the large ham.
- For maximum flavor and moistness, get the glaze in between the ham slices before cooking. You can use a spoon, ladle, or even a basting brush for this.
- If the drippings are too thin for your taste after the ham is cooked, reduce them using a low simmer on the stove top before pouring back over the ham.