Christmas ham is a must-have for your festive feast. Choose your ham from the great range at Coles, then try our tips for glazing.
Your guide to Christmas ham
Looking for great value?
Coles Beechwood Smoked Half Leg Ham is a lightly smoked crowd-pleaser. Add a glaze, then serve with Coles Apple Sauce and your favourite sides.
Coles Beechwood Smoked Half Leg Ham
Sow stall free, serves 25+
After a no-fuss option?
Pre-glazed and scored for your convenience, Coles Brown Sugar Glazed Easy Carve Ham is a no-fuss option. It’s ideal for busy hosts – all you need to do is heat until caramelised, then carve.
Coles Brown Sugar Glazed Easy Carve Ham
Sow stall free, serves 14+
How to prep your Christmas ham. I have a glazed ham on my Christmas table every year. Here are my simple steps to prepping your ham so it's ready to bake with your favourite glaze. You can use either a half leg or a full leg of ham from Coles and a small sharp knife such as this MasterChef paring knife. Use a knife to cut around the ham about eight centimetres from the shank. This paring knife has a nine and a half centimetre long blade, so it's a handy size for this job. Next, run your thumb under the right to separate it from the fat, just like that, really easy. If you find it tricky to get your thumb in there, try this first: carefully run the knife under the rind just around the edge of the hand. Start peeling the rind back, sliding your fingers underneath it to remove it from the fat. You should be able to gently lift off the right in one piece, making sure you're leaving the fat intact. Now take the knife and use the sharp tip to score a diamond pattern across the ham at three-centimetre intervals, just like this. The sharp point on this knife is perfect for this. Remember not to cut too deep. Make sure you're only cutting into the fat, not into the meat. Next, stud the diamonds with the whole cloves to decorate. Just simply place them in like that, in the middle of the diamonds. There you have it, and now you're ready to glaze. Then all you have to do is pop your glazed ham in the oven at 190 degrees Celsius for about an hour, basting with the glaze every 10 minutes. And there you have it, the perfect glazed ham for your Christmas table. For more handy tips using MasterChef knives, click on the videos below.
Want perfect crackling?
Award-winning Coles Crackling Ham is a boneless leg ham that’s scored to perfection for crunchy crackling. This easy and ready-to-roast option feeds 10 people.
Need a good ham glaze?
We asked some of Australia’s much-loved foodies, including our food editor, to tell us how they do Christmas ham at their place. They've each shared their favourite recipe and tips for this festive winner.
How to store your ham
Combine 4 cups (1L) water and 2 tbs vinegar in a bowl. Soak a ham bag or tea towel in the mixture. Wring out excess liquid, then use to cover ham and store in the fridge. Repeat soaking every few days.
Hi. I'm Mal from Coles. Leftover ham's pretty common at my house after Christmas. Today I'm going to show you how to store your ham so you can enjoy it for longer. Place four cups of water and two tablespoons of vinegar in a bowl or in the kitchen sink. Soak a tea towel or a pillow case in the mixture. I'm using a tea towel. Wring out the excess water and wrap the ham in the tea towel. Store in the coolest part of the fridge. Resoak the tea towel in water and vinegar mixture every few days. With ham this good, it won't last long anyway.
How to use leftover ham
Check out our these delicious recipes for some inspiration on how to use your leftover Christmas ham