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Do you have a ham-Jamón at home and do not even know where to start eating it from? The first step is to know how to place correctly the hamIberian ham (jamón ibérico) is a culinary tradition in Spa... More in the ham holder so that slicingThe cutting of ham is a skill that requires a lot of dexteri... More it (and enjoying it) be as simple as possible.
In the world of the restoration, the hamsHam is one of the star products of the Spanish gastronomy, a... are placed in the ham holder with the hoof upwards to cut first the meat of the “maza” which is more juicy and tender. However, obviously a ham does not last as long in a restaurant as it does at home and, therefore, it does not necessarily have to be started in the same way. That is why in Enrique Tomás we clarify the procedure so that you discover the correct way to do it and thus enjoy your piece of ham to the maximum.
The first thing you have to do is to buy a Jamón of a good qualityThe assessment of the quality of Iberian ham/jamón is based... More. For this, it is best that you go to a specialized store or to a gourmetA gourmet is a person who has a refined palate and a great k... More supermarket and, once you have your Gran Reserva Jamón or Jamón Iberico bellota- Ham, start it immediately so that you do not take long to enjoy the pleasure of tasting it.
As soon as you get home, remove the white cloth covering it and place it into the “jamonero” (ham holder). But how do you do it? The first thing to keep in mind is how many people you are at home. Families composed of two or three members will not eat the piece as fast as a larger family, so it is recommended to place the hoof up and start the ham by the “maza”, as it is the most juicy and tasty area, and it is better to enjoy it before it dries and then for the rest, do not wait too long, although we are sure that this won’t happen!
However, when the piece of Jamón is purchased for a special event where many people will attend or for a large group of friends and family, we recommend to place it onto the ham holder with the hoof down to start it from “the babilla”, which is the most dry-cured part of the ham and thus it should preferably be consumed earlier to ensure a more pleasant taste, as it is the drier part of the ham. The more people will eat the sooner the babilla will end and the sooner they will get to the “maza”; this area will still be tender and delicious, so that you don’t stop eating!
And remember, if you have a whole piece of good Jamón at home, do not save it just for yourself, share it with friends and family so that everyone can enjoy the pleasure of a Spanish food delicacy.
In Enrique Tomás we have ham carving courses available in which we teach how to carve and slice the ham; for instance, you have to know that you have to start slicing, following the opposite direction to the hoof and following our principle: each slice shall have the exact thickness. When slicing it, you should get a glimpse of the shape of the knife through the slice, otherwise the slice will be too thick; while if you see the knife well through, the result will most probably be a very thin slice which will not allow you to fully appreciate the taste. The result should be a piece of ham that, when you place it on your tongue, the curedWhen we talk about curing in gastronomy we are talking about... oil melts onto the palate making you enjoy all the ham nuances.
So, cutting slowly but frequently, you will end up finding the bone; to get the most out of the Jamón, you shall slice around the cured meat with the knife.You will get some savory ham shavingsChip is a thin sheet obtained with wood or metalworking tool...! As soon as you are not able to slice more, it will be time to turn over the jamónThe head of the ham is the front part where the hoof is loca... More.
Just as you have previously removed the fatThe bacon of the ham/jamón is the layer of fat that covers ... More from the area of the “babilla ” or the “maza”, depending on how you started slicing, now you must do the same with the opposite zone. Once sliced, remove all the remaining ham and slice it in cubes or shavings and eat them with a little bread spread with olive oil. Irresistible!
There are three aspects that must be taken into account when placing the ham in the ham holder and cut it:
So now that you know how to place the ham in the ham holder, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start it and enjoy all its flavor!
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