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Good Eats: The Guide On How To Properly Carve A Ham | Duluth Pack

Good Eats: The Guide On To How to Properly Carve a Ham


Many of us find ham to be a great dinner tradition. As ham roasts in the oven, our warm kitchens are filled with sweet and savory smells. The ham is finally done, on the table, and ready to be carved. There are a few different cuts that can be used for ham. A great entree like this must be sliced well, so let's make sure it is carved to the best standards. Make sure you let the roast sit for a handful of minutes before you start carving to ensure the juices stay within the meat.


Types of Ham Cuts:


Whole - Includes all portions of the roast.

Butt end - Includes the top portion of the leg.

Shank end - Includes the bottom portion of the leg.

Center - small portion between shank and butt ends.


Items Needed:

-Paring knife

-Carving knife

-Cutting board

-Carving fork



How to Carve a Whole Ham:


To start, place the whole roast on a sturdy cutting board. Then, slice a few pieces from the side lengthwise. Once you have done that, turn the ham so that it rests upon the newly cut side. From here, cut from the shank end to the butt end at your desired thickness. Make sure you are cutting down and through the midpoint. Rotate to each side and slice. Once you have finished slicing, serve.


How to Carve Butt End Ham:


The butt end is somewhat harder to carve, but don’t let that deter you. First, lay the ham flat, then split the ham from bone side to non-bone side. This is done by slicing near the center and close to the bone. Now you should have two slices, one with a bone and one without. Take the bone-in side and cut again near the center close to the bone and repeat. Prepare the non-bone side by simply slicing as desired and serve.


How to Carve Shank End Ham:


The shank end is much easier to carve than the butt end. Begin by slicing a few pieces off one side, then turn the ham so that it rests on that side. Simply slice down at your desired thickness. Make sure you cut down as far as you can, reaching the bone. Rotate the ham so that you can cut across the bone, shaving away your slices. Rotate and repeat for each side and serve.


How to Carve Spiral-Sliced Ham:


Spiral-sliced hams are likely loved by all who enjoy ham. This cut offers a more even style of slicing and it looks amazing. Bring your knife to the muscle line, facing towards you. Angle your knife so that it follows the natural curve and slice. Continue with each line, allowing for slices to peel off onto your cutting board. Likely, the last muscle line will need to be cut from the bone. Beautiful pieces of ham should now crowd your cutting board, place them on a platter, and serve to your hungry guests.


We hope you enjoy these ham carving methods, in just a few simple steps carving becomes easy. Ham is delicious, so grab your glass and deliver a toast to this lovely meal!


We found this carving information from Cooks Illustrated and Recipe Tips.


Happy carving, friends!