It’s nice, especially during holidays or get-togethers, to know how to carve a whole ham. Follow this step by step guide on how to carve a whole ham, so you can serve a nicely sliced ham.
Before you start, you must have a good carving set. Choose a flat surface to place your ham on. Then slice a small portion off the bottom of the ham for it to sit flat rather than slide around.
Starting at the smaller end, make a cut until you hit the bone. Use the carving fork to hold the ham in place while you cut. Make a second cut at an angle to form a wedged slice.
Remove the wedge and set aside. Cut directly down into the ham to the bone, creating slices about ¼" thick, as evenly as possible. Leave each slice still connected to the ham.
Next, slide your knife into the wedge you made when you started and slide it right along the bone to dislodge the slices of ham you just made. Keep slicing in sections for additional slices.
That’s it! That’s all it takes to cut a whole ham. It may take a practice run or two to fully learn how to cut a whole ham perfectly, but you'll soon have it perfected.