The paleta is one of the most appreciated products of Spanish gastronomy. As it is obtained from the front leg of the pig, smaller and with less meat than the back leg, it has a more intense flavour than ham. If you want to buy ham shoulder (paleta) instead of ham, at Enrique Tomás we offer you five varieties to buy an Iberian or non-Iberian shoulder: Gran Reserva, Cebo Iberico, Cebo de Campo 50% Iberico, Bellota 50% Iberico and Bellota 100% Iberico, so that you can enjoy a wide range of nuances and flavours that are always delicious, no matter which one you choose.
The shoulder is the foreleg of the pig.
It depends on the weight and the breed and diet of the pig it comes from. In the market they range from 9 to 14 months. At Enrique Tomás it is longer, at least 18 months.
The answer is what you like more and for how many people. If the ham we like is more cured and intense, our palate will appreciate the shoulder more than the ham, if on the other hand we like it less cured and somewhat juicier, then the ham would be more suitable. In any case, other factors must be taken into account, such as how many of us are at home, because if we want to buy a whole piece of ham, we have to think that a ham should be consumed in three weeks and the shoulder in two, once we have them at home and if we want them to always maintain their texture and good flavour. Because if there are only 2 or 3 of us at home, a ham weighing more than 8 kg will be too much and will end up drying out and will no longer taste the same. But we don't have to give it up, we can buy it already sliced and eat it whenever we want.
If you buy the whole shoulder, we recommend that you don't take more than 15 days to eat it because otherwise, it will lose texture and flavour and dry out a lot. If you think it will take longer, no problem, buy it already sliced by the expert slicers at Enrique Tomás, who will get the most out of it and vacuum pack it so that you can keep it in the fridge or in the pantry (always in a cold, dry place) and take out the shoulder packets whenever and wherever you want.
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