How to Keep Ham Warm in a Crock-Pot

Crock-Pots, or slow cookers as they are also called, allow you to slowly cook food for anywhere from three to 12 hours. The slow-cooking method usually results in food that is tender and moist. Along with cooking, Crock-pots can keep cooked food warm until you are ready to eat it. Cooked meats, like ham, must be kept at a temperature of at least 145 F for safety until refrigerated.

A ham with tomatoes and lettuce for garnish. (Image: Ingram Publishing/Ingram Publishing/Getty Images)

Step 1

Cook your ham to an internal temperature of 145 F, as measured with a meat thermometer.

Step 2

Turn your Crock-Pot on, and set it to "warm". Most slow cookers have settings of low, high and warm; low and high are used to cook food, whereas warm is utilized to keep cooked food at the proper temperature.

Step 3

Transfer the ham to the Crock-Pot. It is best to place the ham in the Crock-Pot as soon as possible after it is finished cooking to ensure that the internal temperature does not drop below 145 F.

Step 4

Place the lid on the Crock-Pot. Keep the lid on the slow cooker as much as possible while the ham is in it to prevent the internal temperature from dropping.

Step 5

Keep the ham in the covered Crock-Pot until you are ready to serve it. Check on the ham every once in a while to make sure that it is not drying out. You may add broth or a small amount of water to the Crock-Pot to help keep the ham moist.

Things You'll Need

  • Crock-Pot

  • Ham

  • Broth or water, optional

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