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All about Jamón

Jamón/Ham is a symbol of Spanish cuisine and a gastronomic attraction all over the world. It is a star product that is a must in practically every kitchen and restaurant in our country, and we have ingrained it in our culture as an essential icon.

The Mediterranean climate has made the Iberian Peninsula the ideal place for the breeding of Iberian pigs, from which comes the highest quality product in the world of ham: Jamón Ibérico/Iberian ham.

All about Jamón

What is Jamón?

As we say at Enrique Tomás, ham is nothing more and nothing less than "a leg of pork cured with salt and time". Elaborating a Jamón can take up to five years of dedication, from the attention and care of the pigs so that they grow healthy and strong, to the conservation under very specific conditions and the slow and patient "cooking" to finish with a precise cut. For this reason, it is a select, quality product. A food that does not serve to take away hunger, but rather to give us pleasure.

Jamón is tradition

As we have said, Jamón is typical of Spain and is something very much our own. It was born out of the need for preservation. We are talking about a time when there were no refrigerators or cold stores. The aim was to preserve meat for as long as possible. The only way to preserve it was by curing it, soaking it in salt so that it would lose enough moisture in a certain way. This is how the leg ended up becoming something fantastic and delicious.

This tradition was passed down from generation to generation until the Jamón producers, as we know them today, came into being. These are the ones who are professionally in charge of "cooking" it with their art and know-how, based on time, wisdom, care and salt.

Nowadays, with new technologies, jamón producers have been able to evolve and innovate, always for the benefit of the product and following irrefutable hygiene and quality standards.

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Jamón culture

Jamón culture has crossed borders. In Spain it means many things, this product is a good gift, something very typical in a family aperitif, a "must" in Christmas hampers, the star dish of a romantic dinner, the excuse or the reason to go out for a few drinks with friends or the reward for having had a bad day. All of these things have become deeply rooted, especially when tourists come to Spain and experience part of this ritual, try the product and love it. It is so irresistible that they want to take it home with them. And that's where we are to make it happen.

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Jamón is unique in the world

There are two great traditions of artisan cured ham in Spain: Jamón Serrano and Jamón Ibérico.

We can differentiate between Jamón Serrano (obtained from white pigs) and Jamón Ibérico (produced from the meat of real Iberian pigs). Iberian hams are unique to the Iberian Peninsula and are used to make the famous "Jamón ibérico de bellota".

What differentiates Jamón de Bellota ibérico from the rest?

For a ham to be considered Iberian, it must come from a pig of the Iberian breed with at least 50% purity. This means that there are 50% Iberian, 75% and 100% Iberian hams. The purity of the breed is determined by the genetics of the pig, the mother will always have to be 100% Iberian, while the father can vary its percentage of purity or even be a non-Iberian pig.

In order to be acorn-fed (bellota), the pig in question, in addition to coming from the Iberian pig, must enjoy what is known as "la montanera", a period of freedom in the dehesas, where Iberian pigs reach their ideal weight by eating acorns, grasses and wild herbs, while exercising and moving over the long stretches of land. This allows them to produce juicier, more aromatic meat.

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To get to know the different types of jamón available on the market and make a good buying decision, find out more about the world of ham and follow Enrique Tomás' advice!

Difference between Iberian shoulder and Iberian ham

Many customers ask us before buying shoulder or ham what the differences are between the two, especially from a quality point of view, whether to eat at home or to give as a gift. Our answer is always the same: as far as the breed is concerned, it is the same product, but in all other aspects they are totally different products. Let's take a look at the main differences:

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Do you want to know more about Spanish ham?

At Enrique Tomás we are going to give you all the information you need to become a Jamón expert, we want to give you the tools you need to discover which type of ham is right for you according to the purpose you want to use it for and your tastes. That's why we provide you with personalised attention and guaranteed quality, and we invite you to live the experience of eating ham!


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