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Help! I've Got a Ham for Christmas!

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billmarsano | | Dec 21, 2006 03:31 PM

And don't know what to do with it. It's a 17lb bone-in smoked ham--a very generous gift, I'm sure--but it comes with NO instructions. I'm pretty sure I'll have to take the plastic sealer-wrap off, but then what? Is it raw and in need of cooking? Is it pre-cooked and only in need of oven warming? There seems to be a rind on it--remove before cooking/heating? Should it get an overnight soak in water (or, per a neighbor, 7Up or ginger ale)to remove some of the salt?

What I have in mind is serving it like the hams I used to see in magazine ads years ago--studded with whole cloves, pineapple rinfs with cherries in the middle, that sort of thing (Ironically, those were, I believe, ads for CANNED hams.)

Any assistance for its preparation, not to mention appropriate and
delicious side dishes, will be received with intense but not clingy gratitude.

Thanks!

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