107 Boiled Meat

Comment for Recipe on Hams

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


Appears in

The Graham Kerr Cookbook: By the Galloping Gourmet

The Graham Kerr Cookbook

By Graham Kerr

Published 1966

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  • 5 lb. ham 2½ hours at 325°F.
  • 9-12 lb. ham 3½ hours at 325°F.
  • 15-20 lb. ham 4 hours at 325°F.



  • Put in a large kettle. Cover completely with boiling water. Reduce the heat so that the water barely simmers. Cover. Cook 20-30 minutes per pound.

In Foil

  • Wrap the ham in foil, place on rack in roasting pan, fat side up, and bake at 325°F. A meat thermometer will register 150°F. when the ham is done.

Comment on Method

Traditionally thousands upon thousands of people buy a ham for Christmas. It has become as normal a piece of festive fare as the English Christmas pudding. It is boiled in clothes kettles, kerosene cans, or in the baby’s bath. Apart from this annual “boil up” there are few roasts cooked in this manner. Because of this I have selected the ham as a “basic” in order to suggest a rather unusual way of approaching the problem.