Preparing your Ham for Christmas Dinner

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At Broadbent B & B Foods, we offer our country style hams cooked or uncooked. Depending on which you purchased will make a bit of difference in how you get them ready for the big day. Hopefully your ham is already waiting or on its way since Christmas is only 6 days away! Can you believe it!!

Cooked Hams

If you’ve purchased your ham pre-cooked, the only labor task will be the slicing. Once you receive your fully cooked ham, immediately freeze or refrigerate until ready to use. If you received your ham well in advanced and have kept it frozen, transfer it to the refrigerator allowing it to thaw. The estimation for ham thawing in the refrigerator is about 4-6 hours per pound. (i.e. A 15 lb ham should go to the fridge about 3-4 days prior to the event)

For the best flavor, we recommend serving at room temperature. Remove your ham from the refrigerator approximately 4 hours before the scheduled meal time. Slice to desired thickness and present on a platter, garnished if you wish.

If you want to heat your ham and add a glaze click here for further instruction.

Uncooked Hams

Once you’ve received your uncooked ham, be sure to hang it in a cool dark place away from pests or animals. (The last thing you need to find out is that fluffy ate Christmas dinner early) Leave the ham in the cloth bag then place it in a grocery sack for extra protection and close it up tight. Hams can hang for quite a while at a stable room temperature, each ham is guaranteed for up to 30 days if stored and protected properly.

Additional hanging time does not increase the quality of the ham, we aim to deliver hams at their quality peaks and longer hang times can results in saltier drier ham. If you’ve ordered ham well in advance, feel free to freeze it up to 6 months after properly wrapping it for freezing.

Recommended Cooking Instructions: Oven Baked (Most popular method)

About 24 hours before the big day arrives, remove the ham from the bag and rinse it with warm water scrubbing off any mold that may have occurred. (Don’t worry this is a naturally occurring part of the curing process and will not harm anyone if it is removed)

Once removed and cleaned immerse the whole ham in fresh water (in any bowl or other vessel large enough to contain the ham and water) along with one cup vinegar and one cup of brown sugar.

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**If you want to reduce the saltiness, take an extra 24 hours to let the ham soak in plain water before soaking it in the water, vinegar, brown sugar mixture. (If this is your first country ham I highly recommend this!)






After it’s long bath, rinse the ham again cut off the ham hock and keep for seasoning (can freeze if desired or use immediately). Line a deep roasting pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil (easy cleanup!). Place ham skin side down into the pan, add 1 quart of water. Sprinkle the top of the ham with 1-1 ¼ cup brown sugar. Completely seal the ham, sugar and water with foil overtop and double folded along the seam. Place in a cold oven, which should be set for 325-350 degrees. Cook until the internal temperature (get out your meat thermometer) reads 160-165 degrees. Be sure to poke the thermometer through the foil and into the center of the ham (do not touch bone or fat).  Cook time depends on weight of the ham plan for 16-22 minutes per pound. (i.e. 15 lb ham will take about 4-5 ½ hours in the oven)

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Once the ham’s internal temperature reaches the desired 160-165 degrees Fahrenheit remove it from the oven and remove the foil top. Trim off the skin and trim down the fat to ¼-3/8 inch thick. Glaze with your choice of glazes. Our recommended glaze is equal parts brown sugar and honey. Return the ham to the oven, turned up to 450 degrees and cook an additional 7 minutes or until golden brown.

***If you would like to boil your ham rather than cook it in the oven click here for those instructions.

Storing Leftovers

When it’s all over if you still have ham as leftovers, be sure to wrap them up removing as much air as possible before storing. Your ham may be stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. It can be frozen for up to three months. If you need ideas for what to do with the left overs, check out one of our previous blog which offers a few ideas.

We would like to take a moment and thank you all for a wonderful 2016. We are so lucky to have loyal customers and to be a part of new and long standing family traditions. We wish you a very happy holiday season!

5 Tips for a Great Holiday Office Party

5 Tips for a Great Holiday Office Party

The holiday season is right around the corner. While there are, several holidays being celebrated, most companies opt for one end-of-the-year party. This is a great time to reflect on the year’s accomplishments and thank those around you for their efforts all year. Organizing a party can be a large task but keep these 5 tips in mind while planning your corporate event, to ease the task.

#1 Be well organized! If you’re having a pot luck, then have a sign-up sheet a head of time. If the company is throwing the party itself, let everyone know if it will be a full meal, or hors’ devours. Keep what your serving in mind when it comes to time, don’t serve only hors’ devours at a meal time. If your skipping the meal allow adequate time for employees to leave work and have their meal before the party would begin. Also, be sure to let individuals know whether it is an employee only event, or if significant others or families are invited.

#2 Go buffet style. There are more costs associated with a sit-down dinner that can easily be eliminated by a buffet. It also allows individuals to make their own food choices, which can reduce waste.

#3 Skip the symbolic carving. This can cause issues in the moment, though it may seem like a nice idea. It can also add time and frustration for those who are hungry, especially if you invite children. Choose your meat ahead of time and have it pre-carved. This will help keep serving sizes consistent. At Broadbent, we offer hams in a variety of sizes. We sell ham in slices, which look lovely plated. If you want the traditional whole ham, we offer our uncooked hams to be pre-sliced, all you’ll have to do is bake it. Even if you are having a pot-luck, it is a nice gesture for the company to purchase the meat as their contribution to the meal.

#4 Choose the right venue. Choose a location familiar with office parties, that offers a nice setting with simple décor. If the place looks pleasant already, you can add minimal decorations to give it a festive feel. You’ll also want to choose something size appropriate, large empty spaces can result in awkwardness. If your party needs to be at the company itself, choose the best space for it. Offer decorations to take it to the next level, eliminating the feel of just another “work event”.

#5 Thank Your Employees. A party is a perfect place to show your appreciation to your employees. If you give out awards, do it during the party to make them extra special. If awards are not the company standard, simply offer a nice speech thanking everyone for their hard work all year. Take a moment to thank a few individuals who have gone above and beyond, it will make everyone feel appreciated. If you give a gift to employees this would also be a good time to hand those out. At Broadbent, we offer gift baskets that make wonderful corporate gifts, check them out here.

Corporate parties can be large affairs, or you can keep it on the simpler side. The main goal of the party should be a celebration of a good year, and to make employees feel appreciated. Don’t throw an obligatory party that individuals won’t want to attend. With just a few extra steps, you can make the event memorable.

What are the Best Meats to Serve at Christmas Dinner?

Christmas Meats

Christmas is coming, and you know what that means, right? Christmas dinner is one of the biggest meals of the year, as people all over the country take time out of their hectic lives to cook for friends and families. What are some of the best meats to serve at Christmas dinner?


Well, Broadbent’s award-winning country ham, bacon and sausage are definitely in the running for best meats. Sure, you’re probably used to turkey or ham for dinner, but why not mix things up a bit and add bacon or sausage to this year’s Christmas dinner?


Known for Kentucky hams, Broadbent’s is able to ship meats across the United States, in time for your Christmas dinner. From the homebase in Kuttawa, Kentucky, Broadbent’s pre-cooked country hams can be delivered to your door. Choose boneless, semi-boneless or pre-sliced and know this: Broadbent’s country ham is dry cured, hickory smoked and aged to perfection. Wouldn’t it taste good this Christmas?


Additionally, consider Broadbent’s specialty bacon, including the old-fashioned country smoked version which has been made the same way for at least 100 years. Hand rubbed with dry cure ingredients, country smoked bacon is slow smoked and salty– a real treat for bacon lovers this Christmas.


Finally, Broadbent’s hickory smoked sausage would make a fine addition to your Christmas dinner this year. Nitrite free, Broadbent’s country park sausage comes in old-fashioned cloth bags, which is something you don’t see everyday.


Whether you like ham, bacon or sausage, or even turkey breast, which Broadbent’s also supplies, keep in mind the clock is ticking and before you know it Christmas day will arrive. It’s best to get your order in now, in time for the big day.