We all like to eat cured ham and I'm sure it won't be long before someone invents a vegan ham. Patience. If you are one of those who are not satisfied with just ordinary serrano ham and are looking for a gran reserva ham, we recommend the Teruel ham leg. It is a well cured ham, carefully prepared, big and with a really ham flavour.
When you buy a Teruel PDO ham, you are buying a certified ham of the highest quality. It is by many considered the best white pork ham in Spain
Characteristics Teruel ham leg
This Spanish ham is the best, the Teruel ham leg is salty rightly and the right proportion of fat. If you are looking for a cheap Teruel ham leg, you are in the right ham shop.
Teruel ham is cured for a minimum of 18 months. This white ham comes from the Duroc breed pig, which is crossed with Iberico pigs.
So, if you are good with a ham knife, the first thing you have to do is buy a ham holder and then buy this Teruel ham leg. A whole ham leg is enjoyable, cutting ham is a luxury that we all appreciate. If you are going to put it in the kitchen, we recommend you use a ham cover. A cloth is enough to preserve this Serrano ham, that's very important.
How to differentiate a Teruel ham leg from a reserve ham.
Teruel ham is visually characterized by its certification. All Teruel hams have a white seal with the Teruel PDO seal around the knuckle, in addition to the Mudejar star engraved in Fire on the bark. You can find them with the whole crust or with the crust in a "V" shape. In addition, its ends are rounded and unlike the reserve ham without Teruel PDO, it maintains the hoof, which is white.
How to start a Teruel PDO ham
Many of you wonder how to start a ham. When starting a ham, the first thing you have to do is:
Place the ham in the ham holder with the hoof facing up
Use a boning knife or lace trimmer to peel off the surface of the crust and the excess fat. When peeling the ham, take into account how much you are going to consume at that time. If you are going to eat all the ham, peel the ham completely, otherwise, peel only the beginning.
Make a 45º angle incision about 5 cm below the knuckle bone. This incision will make the slice loosen easily when we make the cut against it.
Begin to cut slices that cover the entire width of the Teruel PDO ham. The movement of the knife has to go towards you. The slice must be about 5 cm long and 1.5 mm thick.
When you are close to the knuckle bone, the cut has to go towards the hoof of the ham, inserting the knife into the incision that you made previously.
When you've reached the hip bone. Take the boning knife or the lace to make an incision in its contour, in this way you will facilitate the cut and the slice will come out easily.
When you see that hip bone in its entirety, it's time to flip the ham.
I advise you to save the large pieces of bacon and rind that you have obtained from peeling the ham to cover the part of the ham that you have cut during the first days. This will prevent the Serrano de Teruel PDO from drying out and will maintain its juiciness and shine.
If you have any doubts, you can see our tutorial to cut a ham on our Gastronomic Spain blog.
How to preserve Teruel PDO ham
It is very common to have a ham at home to cut to size. Depending on the type of family and the reason for the purchase, the ham will last more or less. In the event that the ham is not going to be consumed at the moment, which is the most common, the following recommendations must be followed when preserving the Teruel PDO ham:
Cut the fat and the skin from the surface of the ham to be eaten, this will prevent it from drying out much less.
When the ham is finished cutting, cover the ham with the crust and the skin that was cut when the ham was started. This will maintain the juiciness of the ham leg and will prevent it from drying out.
Put a cloth rag on the surface where it has been cut
keep in a dry place, with little humidity
In the case of having the ham in the kitchen, keep it as far away from the fire so that it does not suffer from sudden changes in temperature.
7.5 kg - 8 kg.
Teruel ham leg
ham from Teruel, salt, sugar, preservatives (E-252, E-250), antioxidant (E-301)
According to the EU regulation 1169/2011 no allergens are contained.