Appleton Farms Spiral Cut Double Glazed Ham

Last Updated on November 18, 2019

Even though Aldi is a low-inventory grocery store, during the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter seasons it carries everything you need to make a top-notch holiday meal. That includes stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, fixings for green bean casserole, and an array of pies and other desserts. Aldi also sells several brands of whole turkeys (including name brands such as Butterball and Honeysuckle) and ducks, and it sells a variety of hams ranging from whole to boneless to spiral cut.

Appleton Farms Spiral Cut Double Glazed Ham

My family’s favorite type of ham is Aldi’s Appleton Farms Spiral Cut Double Glazed Ham. It’s easy to serve because it’s pre-sliced, and we like the sweet glaze it comes with. This ham is bone-in, and I prefer a ham with a bone so I can make soup later.

The Appleton Farms Spiral Cut Double Glazed Ham cost $2.15 per pound at the time of publication. The ham I purchased weighed 13.26 pounds and cost $28.51. It’s usually sold as a Seasonal Favorite, meaning it’s in stores for longer than an ALDI Find (Special Buy), but it’s not sold year round.

One serving size is 3 ounces (84 grams) and contains 160 calories, with 70 calories from fat, along with 8 grams of total fat (12% of your daily value), 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 40 mg of cholesterol (13% DV), 590 mg of sodium (25% DV), 8 grams of total carbohydrates, 6 grams of sugars, and 14 grams of protein.

Appleton Farms Spiral Cut Double Glazed Ham

Appleton Farms Spiral Cut Double Glazed Ham nutrition information. (Click to enlarge.)

The ham is cured with water and 2% or less of the following: dextrose, salt, potassium lactate sodium diacetate, corn syrup, sodium phosphate, brown sugar, sodium erythorbate, and sodium nitrite. The ham also is pre-glazed with brown sugar, water, fructose, gelatin, spices, and maltodextrin. The brown sugar glaze packet contains brown sugar, fructose, molasses, maltodextrin, and spices.

The ham is fully cooked and should be kept refrigerated until ready to heat.

Appleton Farms Spiral Cut Double Glazed Ham

Appleton Farms Spiral Cut Double Glazed Ham ingredients and heating instructions. (Click to enlarge.)

To heat the ham, remove all packaging material from the ham. Place the ham in a pan. It is pre-glazed, so carefully spread the glaze evenly over the ham’s surface. Cover the ham tightly with aluminum foil and warm at 325 degrees for 10-12 minutes per pound. Do not overheat.

Approximately 30 minutes before the end of the cooking cycle, prepare the brown sugar glaze. Empty the contents of the glaze packet into a small saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons of warm water and mix. Heat the glaze mixture on high, stirring constantly until the glaze begins to boil. Remove immediately from the heat.

Alternatively, the package gives instructions for making the glaze in the microwave, and if you go this route, you should use a deep microwave-safe bowl as the glaze will bubble up. Add 2 tablespoons of water to the dry glaze and mix well. Heat on medium high power for 45 seconds and stir. Continue heating on medium high power for 30 seconds or until the glaze boils for several seconds.

After the glaze is prepared, remove the ham from the oven and use a basting brush to evenly spread the prepared brown sugar glaze on the ham’s surface and between the slices. For a thicker coating, allow the glaze to cool 2 to 3 minutes before applying to the ham. Return the glazed ham to the oven and bake uncovered at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Remove the glazed ham from the oven and serve.

When serving, cut the ham along the bone to allow uniform slices to simply peel off.

This ham is always well received when I serve it during family gatherings. It’s tender and flavorful, and it doesn’t seem to be any fattier than other name-brand hams I’ve purchased in the past. There’s always plenty of meat to serve a crowd, and it makes great leftovers for sandwiches or soup. I freeze some of the leftovers and the bone for later meals, and we’ve never been disappointed.

The Verdict:

Aldi’s Appleton Farms Spiral Cut Double Glazed Ham is an excellent centerpiece for a holiday meal or other special dinner. It’s tender, flavorful, and meaty. Highly recommended.

About Rachael

Rachael is the Co-founder of Aldi Reviewer. When she isn't busy shopping at Aldi, she enjoys cooking, gardening, writing gothic romance, and collecting more houseplants than she probably should. You can learn more about her at


  1. Where are hogs for Appleton farms ham & bacon products raised & also processed?

    • That’s a great question. I recently reached out to Aldi with a similar question about their Never Any Turkeys, and they told me most of their products are made in the U.S. and that products made outside the U.S. have their country of origin printed on the packaging, and that products with no listed country of origin are from the U.S. This ham does not list any other countries on the packaging, so I’m assuming it’s from the U.S., but at this time Aldi does not appear to offer more specifics about where their meat comes from if you’re looking for, say, a specific region, state, or farm. It would be nice if they offered that information on the packaging, though. You can read their full response to my question about the origin of the turkey at this link:

  2. I was very disappointed with my spiral sliced ham. It was only sliced about a third of the way into the ham. It was very grizzly and took a lot to get the meat off the bone

  3. I watch my sodium & was happy when I saw how (relatively) low the sodium content is for this ham. However, the next time at Aldi’s I was disappointed to see the sodium was 1040 mg. per serving, for this ham, not 590. And it was this ham, so I don’t know what the deal is.

  4. What is the final temperature of a fully cooked Appleton Farms Spiral Cut Double Glazed Ham?

    • The ham is already fully cooked, so you’re only reheating it. I prefer to heat the ham according to the package directions, but I also know plenty of people who serve the ham cold straight from the refrigerator. Keep in mind that you still need to follow food safety/storage guidelines and not let the ham sit at room temperature outside of the fridge or freezer for more than two hours.

      • That was a quick response, Thank You!

      • Trying to find how long I can keep in refrigerator after purchase. Brought it the Sat a week before Easter Sunday… that to long to keep?

        • A week is probably fine. If you want to be sure about safety, Aldi hams usually say somewhere on the label to use or freeze by a certain date.

        • Mine has a date of use or freeze by 2 months after I purchased. Not sure about that…?

          • Its cured meat in a vacuum sealed package, it probably would last longer. If they have a date, it will last at least that long. Mistakes with that sort of thing would put a company out of business quickly.

    • We love this ham and waiting and watch when they will be available in the stores for the Holiday.

  5. Are the Appleton Farms Hams at Aldi gluten free and safe for someone with Celiac Disease? Thank-you!

  6. Thank-you, Rachael! I’ve contacted them.

  7. Either labeling differs in different areas or Aldi has changed their labeling. The instructions are now inside the label (!!). I’ve got images but I can’t add them to this post.

    • There are different varieties of Appleton Farms hams at Aldi, and labeling may differ depending on the type of ham.

  8. Michelle Sucharski

    I cooked my ham on Sunday. Do you know if it will still be safe to use it to make split pea soup on Thursday?

  9. Should I thaw a frozen Appleton Farm ham before putting it in the oven, or put it in still frozen and cook as directed?

  10. Candice Grosso

    No date on the purchased ham from Aldi 2 weeks ago. What should I do?

  11. I have a frozen Appleton spiral ham with sell by date of 02/2019. I froze it immediately in original packaging. Will it still be good to use?

    • It should be safe to eat. It might have some freezer burn and not taste the same as a fresher ham, though.

  12. Kellie Caldwell

    How long is a Appleton farm presliced Boneless ham good for that has been refrigerated? Thank you

    • Often there are instructions on the label advising you to freeze it if you don’t eat it within a set amount of time.

  13. Cheryl wardega

    I bought an Appleton presliced Black Forest ham 18 days ago and since the sell by date said sell by 8/12/20 I thought it was okay in the refrigerator. Now when looking to heat it I see “ handling if served within 7 to 10 days of purchase keep ham refrigerated for longer storage we suggest freezing the ham” Is it safe to heat today since I didn’t freeze it or do I need to throw it away.

    • I’m not sure. You could try asking Aldi:

    • I am wondering the same thing. I purchased an Appleton Farms Spiral Cut Double Glazed Ham Bone In, fully cooked on about Dec. 15, 2020 from Aldi’s. It was not frozen and the only thing I see on the label is “keep refrigerated” , and also “sell by Feb. 1,2021. I did not freeze it, but kept it in the refrigerator. It is now Jan. 1,2021. I would like to know if it still safe to heat and eat? Did you hear any replies to the question ” Is it still safe to heat and eat”. Thank you for posting.

      • I always keep mine in the refrigerator and as long as it is used by the sale date it’s always been fine. I always buy the double glazed ham. I’ve used Appleton Farms for over 20 years. It is so much better than Smithfield.

  14. Would like to cook this in my crockpot, any suggestions? Thanks!!

    • I put it in my crockpot on warm for about 8 hours, absolutely tender and moist. Since it is precooked you are just warming it. It frees up prime cooking space in the oven and you can draw off liquid halfway thru and make gravy ahead of time!!

  15. We got this for Thanksgiving ( we wanted to be different!) I guess, we will find out soon enough how the family will take to it.

  16. Tammy Pieper-Larrabee

    Well I had bought the spiral sliced ham for Thanksgiving this year, when i went to put it in the cooking pan, I noticed it was not cut at all like it state it was spiral sliced. I was very disappointed knowing I did not get the spiral cut ham. I get spiral sliced hams from my local grocery store. a friend of mine told me to try Aldi spiral sliced hams that it is just as good if not better. I love the taste of the ham, but it was not spiral sliced, I have MS and it is hard for me to cut into hams, and etc. with a spiral cut ham it is much easier for me to cut. I was disappointed like I stated due to it not being spiral sliced.

  17. I bought an Appleton spiral sliced bone in ham at Audi for thanksgiving and did not use it leaving it fully packaged. It has been in fridge since then. Is it good to use it for Christmas or should it have been frozen during this time? If it is still good should I freeze it for the next few days and take it out on Wednesday to heat on Friday for Christmas?

  18. I bought this spiral ham 10 days ago. Use date was feb 15, 2021. I moved the ham yesterday to a lower shelf in the fridge. I was shocked when the Mylar foil outside cover was INFLATING. Obviously, there was gas building up. I immediately bagged it and returned it to aldi. Gave me credit and another ham. Anyone else have this happen?

  19. Is the inner plastic supposed to be vacuum sealed?

  20. I bought the Appleton farm spiral cut ham with brown sugar. 9.37lbs $15.84 It was the worse ham than ever. It was spiral cut down about
    4 ” the rest was all bone and gristle. What a waste of money. I will never buy another one of these. The centerpiece of the meal was a big let down.

  21. I bought this ham for my Christmas dinner. Instructions did not say to put the glaze in a pan with two tablespoon water. Said to sprinkle the glaze over the slices. It was very fatty and hard to cut because the bone was on the very edge of the ham, it was basically in pieces, very fatty pieces. Very disappointed.

  22. Have this in the oven right now and have purchased in years past. It was covered in a pink gelatenous substance which I don’t remember from last year. Is this part of the glaze? or is my ham bad? It smells wonderful.

  23. I bought the same ham (spiral cut, double glazed ham) at Aldis a few months ago for New Year’s and had the same question about how long you can keep it in the refrigerator before using it. My ham had a “sell by” date, but no “use or freeze by” date. When I asked an Aldi’s employee she told me the ham had preservatives and was good to keep in the refrigerator until the “sell by ” date. Also, when I got a phone call from the Aldi’s Co. they said the same thing- the meat was already fully cooked and was good to eat by that date as well.

  24. Hollie E Duckett

    I have bought 2 of the spiral cut hams. One was frozen and was in the fridge about 4 days. I followed the durectdirections but it was still cold in the center. I had to microwave it for 8 minutes. Now, I have one in the oven and I bought it 3 days ago, it wasn’t frozen. Followed the directions and yet again cold in the center. The hams I bought, at least the 1st, was very good, not grisly. It was cut less about about half way through. This one, now, too is only cut half way through. I’m at a loss as to why. Maybe change the name from spiral sliced boneless ham to, “Boneless ham with slicing guidelines”.

  25. I bought a Appleton fully cooked glazed ham several months ago. Sell by date was 5/9/21 and we froze it. Because of Covid i was not sure when i could bake this ham. Several people called and said they would be there on Mothers Day so i put in Fridge. for 2 day and it was sticky when i took off the aluminum foil. I baked anyway thinking this was the glaze. I did serve this and everyone raved, but now i am worried- is this ham still good. Please let me know as i would like to make soup and don’t know what to do. It still feels sticky and i have never had this before.

    • Some hams come pre-glazed. I can’t say for certain, but my guess is that’s what the sticky coating on your ham was.

  26. Bought Appleton Farms Spiral Sliced Hickory Smoked Half Ham in April, 2021. Sell by June 22, 2021. Did not freeze – refrigerated only. No use by date. Ok to use now – August 22, 2921?

  27. I just dragged through the desert a Appleton Farms ham in a cooler from the nearest Aldi in Peoria, AZ to Las Vegas (by car, lol) and was looking forward to cooking it, now I’m getting worried seeing this site just now and the negative reports of this ham being tough to eat. I hope and pray it’s not so.

  28. I need to carve several hams and then refrigerate for the next day. If the hams need to be reheated anyway the next day, then would it be better to not cook it? thanks

    • Because these spiral sliced hams are usually sold already fully cooked, I don’t see why you can’t wait until the day you’re serving them to heat them. No need to heat them twice.

  29. If I cook my ham and then travel to a relatives 2hrs away will the ham still be fine to eat? Thank you.

  30. I heated & took this ham for a family thanksgiving dinner. It was delicious! I did not use the extra glaze packet because the glaze already on it was just right. Looking forward to freezing some of it for future breakfasts & bean soup.

  31. I purchased an Appleton Farm spiral cut ham from Aldi. It was very
    Disappointing. First it was only cut about a fourth of the way and very uneven slices.
    The ham was about 50 per cent bone and fat. Will never buy one again

  32. Thanks for posting your review! Purchased this brand from Aldi on a whim and did not disappoint. It did not come with instruction so I am glad you posted them. I did not find it fatty or uncut as others here have mentioned. Maybe they corrected mistakes? Either way I won’t hesitate to get again.

  33. Mine didn’t come with the Glaze package….What the Heck

  34. Purchased this ham at Aldi. The gold wrapper resembled foil and I was not sure if it was to be heated in the wrapper or not. Nothing said remove it in directions. Finally to the computer to spend time and was shocked to read, “remove from plastic wrapping” . Wonder how many people have headed in the wrapper since it had no instructions.

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