How Canadians De-Salt Their Ham

Total Time
2hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs

I found this on the under Canadian recipes. I haven't tried it yet, but it claims to produce a moist, tasty ham that's not overly salty like most. Posted for ZWT.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and trim the fat from the ham.
  2. Marinate in the Ginger Ale for at least 4 hours in the fridge, turning if needed.
  3. Place in foil lined baking dish.
  4. Mix together the beer, mustard and molasses, spread over ham.
  5. Cover ham with foil and bake 15 minutes per pound, then remove foil and bake an additional 20 minutes.
Most Helpful

I purchased a 20 lb whole smoked ham from Tom Thumb for Easter Dinner and I was afraid that this wouldn't work, but it really did! Just as Carmen B. previously posted, I used 1 liter bottle ginger-ale and marinated for 5 hrs. then turned over and marinated overnight. This is such an ingenious way to de-salt ham! Thanks for the recipe!

margie.dyer April 22, 2009

I used one 1 liter bottle of ginger-ale for an 8 lb bone-in leg shank ham and marinated in the fridge for about 5 hours. This turned out so moist it was unbelievable and the ham wasn't salty like it usually is. I will be doing this every time I make a ham. I might even try it on those salty ham steaks. Thank you for a great way to make a better ham.

Carmen B. April 14, 2009

IT WORKS!!! I put this recipe to the test with some country ham steaks and you KNOW how salty those are. I soaked them in the ginger ale for about 4 hours and they are absolutely perfect. I only cooked it for 15 minutes covered then 15 minutes uncovered, so my glaze wasn't thickened yet, but I will just finish it off on the stove. This is wonderful. Made for ZWT4.

JanuaryBride June 20, 2008