Iberian ham comes from the limbs of the Iberian pig, an animal bred only in the Iberian Peninsula with physiological traits that are different from other breeds of pig, and which make it unique in the world, such as its exclusive capacity to infiltrate fat into the muscle, among other differences. As a result, its meat is very juicy and tasty, resulting in a ham that is incomparable to any other on the market. Thus, it is recognised worldwide as a gastronomic jewel that is produced exclusively in Spain. We explain everything you need to know if you want to try and buy Iberian ham.
You can buy it in delicatessen shops in the country where you live. If you can't find it and it's not the one you like, just order it through our website/online shop and we will send it to you quickly and safely wherever you want.
Iberian ham is unique in the world and comes only from the pig of the same name, the Iberian pig, which has the exclusive capacity to infiltrate fat into the muscle. It is made from the hind limbs, cured in salt and dried in natural cellars by expert ham makers who follow a long tradition handed down from generation to generation.
Iberian ham can be classified according to breed and diet. As for the breed, it is classified according to the percentage of breed, 50%, 75% or 100%. As for the feed, the Iberian ham can be called "Iberian cebo", depending on whether it has remained alone on the farm and has eaten feed and cereals, "Iberian cebo de campo" if it has followed the feed on the farm and has been free in the countryside, and "Iberian Bellota", in the case that it has made the Montanera and therefore has eaten wild herbs and acorns while grazing in the pasture until it has reached the right weight.
To know which is the best, if you don't know them well, the ideal thing is to try them all and then the one you like the most will be the best. At Enrique Tomás we know that the best ham is the one that delights your palate when you try it, regardless of price or variety. The important thing is that, whatever it is, you buy the best quality in its range.
Jamón can be eaten at any time of the day, at breakfast, lunch and dinner. And, of course, as a snack. Depending on the time of day, it can be eaten as a sandwich, in cubes as a tapa, in slices as an appetizer, as taquitos or ham shavings with soup or salad. You can enjoy it at any time of day, you just have to choose the format that suits you best depending on the time of day and the dish.
Of course, if you choose the piece of ham (jamón) or shoulder (paleta) you like best, you will see that you can opt for the whole piece or sliced. The cost of the slicing service is included in the price and includes the cutting and vacuum-packing of the whole piece, slices, cubes and shavings.
Answer this question with another one: do I master the slicing technique? If you have never sliced Spanish Jamón before or you feel insecure, the best thing to do is to order it already sliced because not only will you not hurt yourself, but you will get more Jamón than if you cut it yourself because our experts make the most of it.
On the other hand, the great advantage of ordering it sliced is that you can consume it as you need it and over several months, while if you buy it whole (with bone) it is recommended to consume it in about three weeks and the shoulder in two weeks.
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