If you want to cut good ham every day, or you are looking for cheap cured hams, but good ones, if you meet up with your friends... This is the ham shop you were looking for. What do you want? A whole ham leg or sliced ham?
HOW CAN A SPANISH HAM LEG CAN MAKE A PERSON SO HAPPY?
Yes, this is absolutely true. I don't know anyone, I repeat, no one, who doesn't like ham. It is the Spanish tapa par excellence, and you know it. As foreigners who visit us also know. This food is such a part of our gastronomy, so tasty and much more, that it is the delicatessen come true. Just thinking about it my mouth is watering. Who doesn't?
For us, there is no such a thing as "the great ham". But there is the perfect spanish ham for every occasion. It is only in your hand to know how to choose well, and for that Gastronomic Spain offers you one of the largest varieties of hams that you can find in the online market for all Europe. And also, with FREE shipping.
Although the Iberian pork ham has a great reputation white pork hams can be perfect to eat daily or to prepare exceptional dishes. It all depends on when and where you are going to eat it.
Let's take the case that you have first meal with your in-laws. I tell you that if you want to win over your mother-in-law, you have to look for a good natural ham with a curing period of more than 18 months. Because if you bring her that raw ham sold in the supermarket on the corner for 30 euro and in an opaque box, lady will not be happy. And rightly so!
To do this, we are going to show you all the types of hams that you can find in our online shop. A priori the two main types are: Iberian ham and Serrano ham.
TYPES OF IBERIAN HAM YOU WILL FIND IN GASTRONOMIC SPAIN:
Gastronomic Spain offers you the widest variety of Iberian ham. As you know we are an online shop with more than 800 Spanish foods, specialized in sending Spanish food to Spanish people living in Europe. One of the main reasons why I advise you to buy Iberian ham with us is because we have FREE shipping to all Europe. Moreover we also have a wide variety of bait hams and acorn hams, in different cuts and formats. You can find whole leg ham, Iberian shoulder as well as sliced and filleted hams by knife and machine.
Iberian Bait Ham
Iberian Bait Ham, also called bait ham is a ham leg with a curing period of at least 24 months. It’s a delicious ham weighing more than 7kg and, generally, it is less fatty than the rest of the Iberian hams. Iberian bait pig has been bred in captivity and has been fed on natural feed.
Iberian Field Bait Ham
Iberian field bait ham, also known as Recebo ham, is a ham very similar to Iberian bait ham, but its main difference is that field bait ham has been raised in freedom.
Acorn-fed Iberian Ham
Acorn-fed Iberian ham o acorn ham is an Iberian ham of 50% or 75% Iberian breed. This Iberian pig has fed on natural pastures and acorns and has lived in freedom all his life. A delicious Iberian ham, fatty and with exquisite taste.
Pata Negra Ham
Pata Negra ham is also known as pure acorn ham. It's the best ham there is. It is ham that comes from 100% Iberian pigs and that have lived all their lives in freedom feeding on natural pastures and acorn. This is the ham, ham, the best of the best.
Iberian Acorn-fed Shoulder
Iberian Acorn-fed shoulder, or Acorn shoulder, is similar to acorn ham, but instead of being the hind leg it is the front leg. Unlike ham, it has a weight of 4,5kg approx. Its taste is delicious, but it is difficult to cut because of its morphology and bones.
Bait shoulder or Iberian bait shoulder is obtained from the front legs of the Iberian bait pig. It's a less fat ham leg.
TYPES OF SERRANO HAM THAT YOU CAN BUY IN OUR ONLINE SHOP:
Serrano ham is obtained from all pigs that are not of Iberian breed. There are a large number of breeds and crosses, the most popular are the breeds Landrade and Duroc. In Gastronomic Spain we have a wide variety of cured ham, reserve ham, Teruel ham or cured ham.
Serrano Reserve Ham
It is considered Serrano to ham which has a curing period superior to 9-10 months. In Gastronomic Spain you can find a delicious Teruel reserve ham, with more than 18 months of curing. We also have other popular hams like Pozo ham. They are quality hams.
Teruel ham is one of the few Serrano hams with Denomination of Origin. A juicy ham, fatty, with its own characteristics of food, curing period and certification. Pigs live in captivity, but with rigorous control of feeding based on natural feed. Its curing period is higher than 18 months and can reach 24 months of curing. In addition, in order to identify it, a white seal is placed indicating the designation of origin. Furthermore, the Mudéjar of Teruel star is engraved on the skin.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST HAM HOLDER?
In order to cut a Serrano ham, it is necessary to have a ham holder. Ham holder is a stand which will help us to cut ham. There are different types of ham holder. When we have to choose a ham holder, we need to determine the use we are going to give it and the type of ham that we are going to cut. Generally, ham holders are made of wood or stainless steel. In Gastronomic Spain we will show you the different types of ham holder and how to start cutting a ham.
WHICH HAM KNIFE DO I NEED?
The last accessory you need to eat ham is the ham knife. There are different types of Ham knifes. A ham knife usually has a blade higher than 25 centimetres and a width of 1,5 centimetres at most. With this ham knife, you can cut fine slices of ham, 4 centimetres in length approx. The perfect slice.
WHICH IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IBERIAN HAM AND SERRANO HAM?
These two types of ham are obtained from the same hind legs of the pig. The only difference is that Iberian ham is only produced in Spain and Portugal. In other words, the animal is only found in the Iberian Peninsula. Additionally, these two countries have the necessary weather conditions, both for their elaboration and curing.
But, certainly, the main difference between both hams is the type of pig. There are two main classifications, the breed of Iberian pig and the breed of white pig.
Among Iberian pig we distinguish different types of animal, between them the Acorn-fed Iberian pig, of which they offer us different types of ham, or also known as pernils: Iberian bait ham, Iberian field bait ham, acorn-fed Iberian ham, Pata Negra ham or 100% acorn ham and Iberian shoulders. But if you are curious and you want to know more about these types of Iberian legs, do not hesitate to consult our page.
While in the white pig we find other breeds, also well known, such as Landrade or Duroc, among many others. Here is another link to get more information.
CHARACTERISTICS CURED HAM
How many times have you asked or searched on the internet the differences between a cured ham, an Iberian ham and Serrano ham? So that you never again have any doubts about the differences between these hams, we have elaborated a table, where you can easily identify each of these hams. Cured ham would include all hams.
The feeding of Iberian pig and white pig.
Acorn-fed Iberian ham: it comes from pigs reared completely in freedom, feeding on acorns, fruits and herbs.
Iberian field bait ham: it comes from pigs reared in freedom but feeding on cereals and other natural resources of the countryside.
Iberian bait ham: it comes from pigs reared in partial freedom and fed on selected feed.
Curing period of Iberian ham and Serrano ham:
1. Iberian: Iberian hams have a 50% of Iberian breed. In other words, one of their parents, usually the female, is 100% Iberian breed pig. Curing period of 24 months at least.
2. 100% Iberian or Pata Negra: it comes from 100% Iberian pigs, that is, both parents are 100% pure Iberian pigs. Curing period of 20 months when it weighs approximately 5 kg.
1. Cured: 7 months
2. Cellar: 9-12 months
3. Reserve: 12-15 months
4. Large Reserve: more than 15 months.
In Gastronomic Spain we are specialized in hams. That is why we offer you a wide range of hams and shoulders, you will find everything but vegan hams. All the Teruel and Iberian hams we sell are certified with the different identification seals. Here you will not find the most expensive ham in the world, but you will find the best hams in the world.
A little but so important nuance. Don't be guided by price, don't look for the most expensive ham or to buy the cheapest ham, remember why you need that Spanish ham and we will select the one you need.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SPANISH HAM AND SHOULDER
The difference is rather simple. More than you would imagine. The ham is basically the animal's hind leg, while the shoulder would be the animal's hands or front legs. On the other hand, we also find differences in weight, curing period and prices.
SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTICS OF CURED HAM
As we have already mentioned, it is the back of the pig. It weighs approximately Cured ham with 7-8,5 kg. It has a bone to fat ratio of 50%. In addition, its curing period is much longer than the shoulder ones, which ranges from 15 to 36 months.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CURED SHOULDER
It is the front leg of the pig. Cured shoulder has approximate weight is between 4 and 5,5 kg. While the bone to fat ratio is over 60%. Finally, its curing period is shorter, between 12 and 24 months, depending on the quality of the shoulder. This way, the price is lower.
HAM WITH PEAS AND MELON WITH HAM, DELICIOUS RECIPES.
Therefore, ham is a food that combines very well, for example, for lunch with a good manchego cheese and a strong Spanish red wine. If you are planning to cook or stew it, in my opinion I recommend a ham from the cellar rather than an Iberian ham, as the difference in taste will not be so great, but you will notice the savings in your pocket.
You have at your disposal the best chat service so that we can advise you on the ham you need. We will be delighted to tell you what new hams and offers may be of interest to you.
Indulge yourself! Why not buy a ham and eat it as if you were in Spain? Why give up something you love and have just one click away from tasting it? We will send the ham directly to your home, no matter in which lost corner in Europe you are. We will make sure that you receive it and also with FREE shipping. Cured ham is a very popular food, the usual way is to eat it "palo seco" (on its own), although there are many delicious ham recipes in which it is integrated into other stews, such as: peas with ham, ham croquettes or melon with ham.