While browsing through the literature on infrared ovens, you may have often found the saying – “if it fits, it cooks” or something similar. This may sound good, but you may find that though that lovely looking piece of ham fits perfectly in your infrared oven, you really can’t muster the courage to cook it and serve to the guests. Frankly, cooking ham in infrared oven is not at all difficult, but you do need to keep some points in mind when cooking. Since these points regarding cooking ham in infrared oven will be best demonstrated through a simple recipe, we have provided below the simplest possible procedure for cooking ham in infrared oven.
- 1 ham – 6-10 pounds (note weight carefully since it decides the time needed for cooking ham in infrared oven).
- 1 Cup Water
- Glaze (optional)
- 1 Measuring cup
- Aluminium Foil
- A platter
- Two forks capable of raising the ham
- Kitchen brush
- Place the water (1 cup) within the oven pan at the bottom.
- Take the wire rack (preferably a 2 inch wire rack) and invert it. In this inverted position, place it carefully onto the bottom of the oven pan.
- You have the option of wrapping the ham in aluminium foil. Aluminium foil reduces browning of the ham, so if you like your ham nicely browned, you can skip this step. If you are sure that you wouldn’t like your ham browned so much, you can place the aluminium foil over the inverted rack. Place the ham onto the aluminium foil and wrap it up nicely. If you’re not sure, you can keep the foil handy and use it later.
- To begin cooking ham in infrared oven, close the lid of the appliance and set the cooking level to “High”.Cooking time is directly related to the weight. In general, for every pound of ham, add 15 minutes to the cooking time. Hence, if the weight is 6 pounds, cooking ham in infrared oven would take an hour and a half.
- If you’ve not covered the ham with aluminium foil in step 3, keep an eye on the browning of the ham as it cooks. If at any time you’d like to cover your ham, simply pause the infrared oven, place an aluminium sheet (don’t try raising the hot ham now) over the ham,close the lid and resume cooking.
- If you’d like to add glaze, the right time to do so is when there are 15 minutes left. Hence, for a 6 pound ham, glazing should be done at 75 minutes. Simply pause the timer, glaze the ham and resume cooking ham in infrared oven.
- Once the cooking is complete, raise the ham carefully using forks if you’d like to serve it immediately. If not, keep the ham warm in the infrared oven till it is ready to serve.
- When you are ready to serve, cut slices along the contours of the ham, and carry out required seasoning.
- Serve with potatoes and other accompaniments.
As can be seen, cooking ham in infrared oven is not really rocket science. Indeed, if you can keep an eye out for the browning of the ham (in case you’ve not wrapped it in aluminium foil) and apply glaze at the right time, you can expect your infrared oven to deliver excellent results with ham recipes such as the one explained above.