How To Cook The Perfect Easter Ham In The Crock Pot –
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How To Cook The Perfect Easter Ham In The Crock Pot – One of the hardest things about cooking for a big gathering around the holidays, is trying to figure out what needs to go in the oven when. There just never seems to be enough time or space to bake the turkey, ham, casseroles, pies and rolls to perfection and get it all hot and ready at the same time. That’s where your crock pot comes to the rescue. This Easter, cook your ham in this handy kitchen gadget and free up hours of valuable oven time, save a ton of energy, and make your holiday a little more stress free.
To begin with, get out your largest crock pot. Ideally, you want one that holds at least six quarts. The size of the ham you’re able to cook depends on the size of your slow cooker. Since these handy kitchen appliances aren’t terribly expensive, it may well be worth investing in a larger model if your current crock pot is too small to hold a ham.
Choose a fully cooked ham that you think will fit in your crock pot. It’s fine if it’s a bit of a close fit. You can even get away without the lid closing. When that happens after you put your ham into the crock pot, grab some heavy-duty aluminum foil and make tent over your crock pot instead of the lid. Be sure to seal everything well around the rim to prevent too much heat and moisture from escaping.
For easy clean-up you may want to spray the inside of your crock with non-stick cooking spray before you add the ham. There is no need to add water or any type of cooking liquid. Cook the ham on low for six to eight hours or on high for four to five hours or until your entire ham is heated throughout. You can use a whole ham or a spiral sliced one for this cooking method. I prefer the pre-sliced ham to save time and my energy.
If you prefer the outside to be a little browned, heat the ham and then carefully transfer it to a baking dish. Broil the ham for a few minutes until it develops a nice lightly browned crust. Keep an eye on it carefully! When broiling, you can go from perfectly cooked to burnt in less than a minute…ugh.
Of course you’re not limited to a plain ham with this recipe. If you prefer a glazed ham, cook up a batch of your favorite glaze and pour it over the ham as you start to cook it in the slow cooker. Baste the meat every hour or two with the glaze and again before broiling for best results.
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