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Cooking Tips

Your turkey or ham from our store has been fully cooked and smoked. When you receive it, it may be frozen or partially thawed. These conditions will not affect the quality of your ham or turkey in any way.

The ham or turkey can be stored for later use by following these steps:


·    Refrigerate as soon as possible.

·    If the ham or turkey will be used within 14 days, it may remain in the refrigerator.

·    If the ham or turkey will NOT be used within 14 days, it should be stored in the freezer. In this case, place in freezer as soon as possible. Ham or turkey may be kept frozen up to 9 months. To thaw, place in refrigerator 48-60 hours before serving.

NOTE: Turkey meat will be slightly pink because of the smoking process.

Preparing your Smoked Ham

Your ham is fully cooked. However, many people believe heating the ham enhances its flavor and texture. Follow these guidelines for heating:

Remove the ham from refrigerator. Leave at room temperature about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove all packaging materials. Ham should be heated flat face side down in open, shallow roasting pan. Do not cover or add water. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (approximately 4 minutes per pound). Do not overheat. To ensure recommended internal temperature of 140 degrees, insert meat thermometer in thickest part of meat but not resting on bone.

If you wish to glaze ham, remove it from oven and increase oven temperature to 425 degrees. Prepare glaze according to packet instructions. Brush glaze over ham and between slices. Return to oven 10 minutes.

NOTE: Ovens vary, so cooking time and/or temperature may require adjustment.

Preparing your Smoked Turkey

To serve at room temperature: If turkey is refrigerated, remove it 4-5 hours before serving. If turkey is frozen, let it stand in the sink or a pan overnight. Turkey needs to defrost and reach room temperature. If you wish, you may place in refrigerator to thaw, which usually takes 2 days. After turkey has reached room temperature, remove plastic wrapping. The turkey is now ready to serve

To heat before serving: Cover thawed turkey with aluminum foil. Heat at 300 degrees in the oven for 30-45 minutes. Time may vary, depending upon your oven. Check after 30 minutes. Turkey should be warm around breast.

Note: Do not overheat, as it will cause the turkey to be dry.

DO NOT stuff whole smoked turkey, as it is already cooked. Stuffing should be prepared and cooked separately.



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