Pestell's Rai Bacon Company Limited


Christmas Ham

Buying a Christmas Ham for the Christmas Dinner is an essential part of the holidays for millions of New Zealanders. Bee's Knees produce moist, delicate and slightly sweet tasting hams that will delight all your family and guests.

Christmas Ham Recipe

Decoration ideas:

  • Traditional - Cloves, glace cherries and pineapple cubes or rings
  • Citrus - Thin slices of orange or lemon
  • Ginger - Chopped preserved ginger or pickled ginger
Glaze ideas::

There are many suitable prepared sauces and mustards available that are ideal for using as glazes such as sweet mustard, apricot and cranberry or try one of the following:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
Sweet and Sour:
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 cup drained crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup chunky marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons whisky or port
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup French mustard


Glaze ideas:

Carefully remove the skin by running your clean fingers under the skin and peeling back to leave a smooth layer of fat. With a sharp knife cut this layer into a crisscross pattern. Spread over your preferred glaze and place on a rack in a large roasting pan. Secure cloves or cherries at the corner of each crisscross - see below for "decoration ideas". (Cooking instructions)

To glaze and serve cold - bake at 180°C for 35-40 minutes, brushing occasionally with the glaze. Cool, cover and store in refrigerator until served.

To cook and serve hot - cook at 160°C, allowing 20 minutes per kilogram, brushing occasionally with the glaze.