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Glazing a ham is a great way to add flavor, color and texture to a baked ham. It's not hard to do, and you can make a delicious ham glaze with some very basic ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge or pantry.
Glazes consist of some sort of sweet ingredient, which is usually combined with some sort of fruity, tangy or pungent ingredient. These sweet, fruity, pungent flavors really complement the salty flavor of the ham. Some common ingredients used in making a ham glaze include:
•Jam or preserves
•Brown sugar •Honey
•Fruit juice, cider or soda
•Cloves, cinnamon, ginger and other spices.
The idea is to combine the ingredients into a paste, looking to balance the sweet, tangy and pungent flavors.(Incidentally, it's the caramelization of the sugars in the glaze that actually creates the glazing effect). You want to leave the glaze on the ham long enough for it to caramelize, but not so long that it burns. You should only glaze the ham during the last part of the reheating process..
Our hams are fully cooked, you are simply warming them to an internal temperature of 140°F.. Setting your oven temperatures to around 325°F to 350°F is perfect. You should apply the glaze to the ham about 30 to 60 minutes before the ham reached the desired internal temperature.