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How do you correctly savor Ibérico Ham?
There isn’t a list of gourmet products in which Ibérico Ham doesn’t appear. Culinary treasure, Ibérico Ham is one of these delicacies that never dies. A great example is the large number of people who make up its fan club not only in Spain but around the world as well.
Differences between Ham and the Hind Legs or Shoulder (Jamón y la Paleta)
Ham is the generic name of the product which comes from the hind leg of the pig, salted raw and cured naturally. This ham usually weighs around 13.2-21 lbs. with less bone proportion compared to the front legs.
Differences between Acorn-fed Ibérico Ham and Ibérico Ham
Acorn-fed Ham comes from animals that are free to roam in the pastures and they are fed an acorn and grass based diet during their weight gaining stage. Acorn-fed pigs maintain the same characteristics, but their weight gain is topped off with feed.
Advice for consuming vacuum packaged ham
Hand cut ham that is vacuum packaged can be conserved for months in a cryogenic fridge. This is used if you don’t want to miss out on not a single flavor, texture or smell. Follow these simple steps when opening a sliced ham package...
Nutritional qualities of the Iberian product
More than 55% of the fat of Acorn-fed Iberian pigs is from olive oil acid (mono saturated) due to the fact that the animal is very active and restless. According to studies, these fats that penetrate the lean meat are beneficial for human health because of the effect they have on blood cholesterol levels.
Why designation of origin is important for ibérico ham
Designations of origin (D.O.) make it easy to know specific details on the pigs’ raising, and ensures the ham’s authenticity and purity. As such, it is a guarantee of legitimate iberico ham.In Spain, with the existing regulation in effect since 2014, a red label guarantees that products bearing it are iberico breed, and that pigs were acorn-fed.
8 Myths about Ham
There are many myths surrounding Iberian ham which can negatively influence your purchase or even the decision to include jamón íberico as part of your diet. We´d like to bust a few of those myths to guide you in selecting and enjoying this exquisite product.
The art of wine tasting: How to choose a better wine
A wine can be the perfect complement to any meal, enhancing the flavors and enriching the experience. Although choosing the appropriate wine can seem complicated at first, these brief guidelines can help even the complete novice select a wine with confidence.
The Iberian diet: Healthy living
Iberian food is part of the Mediterranean diet, both of which are considered to be among the best in the world, not only for its proven health benefits, but also for the associated lifestyle that fosters social interaction and intercultural dialogue within the peninsula.
The distinction and art form of Jamón ibérico
Distinguished by their texture, aroma, and delicate flavor, meats from Iberia remain one of the most prized delicacies of Spain's world renowned gastronomy, highly sought after for their unique culinary properties. Taste of the ham varies, from slightly salty to a touch of sweetness, depending on the quality of acorns that the pig consumes during its lifetime, as well as its level of physical exercise.
The Montanera
The Montanera is the final fattening phase in the life of the Ibérico pig, when the animal is left to graze in the grasslands among the groves of cork oak and holm oak, feeding primarily on acorns up until the time it is slaughtered. Only the finest specimens that have completed the previous phases go on to this fattening stage
The Benefits of Iberian Ham
Iberian ham is considered to be one of the premium products of Spanish cuisine. Besides its distinguished taste, aroma and texture, Iberian provides health benefits and is recommended for its high content of essential trace elements, also called oligoelements, which are considered to be optimal for your health.Among Iberian hams, acorn-fed Iberian ham is particularly noteworthy for its quality. This ham is produced from pigs that are fed exclusively on grass and acorns during the last stage of their lives – the final fattening phase – which coincides with the free-range season.
How do you cut an Iberian ham?
How do you cut an Iberian ham? So many times we’ve asked ourselves this same question about the ham sitting in front of us on the kitchen counter! It’s one of the most emblematic products of Spanish cuisine, yet many don’t know how to get the most out of it, enjoying it at its peak: an Iberian ham recently cut in nearly transparent slices with its full aroma...But not to worry! Like anything else, there’s a knack to it, and we’re going to give you a few pointers to get you started in what has become an art: how to correctly cut an Iberian ham.
Can Iberian Ham Help Combat Fatigue?
Have you ever complained about how the heat drains you? Now that we are once again facing the rigors of summer, you may be asking yourself what types of food can help you withstand them.Three nutrients that are essential in the summertime diet to provide you with the energy you’ll need are vitamin C, calcium and iron. Although all three are indispensable, special emphasis should be placed on the importance of iron, which, besides providing energy, also has a positive effect on mood...
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