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Iberico ham

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I have not been back in the U.K. for almost six months but I'm pretty sure that the

Brindisa shop at the Borough Market can arrange mail order.

Brindisa @ The Borough

Stephen Bonner


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I have not been back in the U.K. for almost six months but I'm pretty sure that the

Brindisa shop at the Borough Market can arrange mail order.

Brindisa @ The Borough

Stephen Bonner

It will cost you dear. That may make the ham taste all the sweeter though.

mmmm acorns

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Very much cheaper to order direct from Spain-many companies will send them. Brindisa have good stuff but their prices are crazy for everything.

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any websites that you recommend for this delicacy?

There are so few true iberico hams and such a massive demand now (both in Spain and worldwide - it's boomed in Japan recently by the way) that you'll be paying dearly for it.

Only a few regions have properly regulated and designated Jamón Serrano Ibérico, and within those the figures for 2003 are: 142,517 pieces of ham (from 51,437 monitored pigs) from Huelva (including Jamón de Sierra Los Pedroches) http://www.jamondehuelva.com/

Other labels/areas for this ham are Dehasa de Extremadura http://www.dehesa-extremadura.com/, Jamón Serrano de Guijuelo.

I can't imagine that more than 1 million pieces will be available per year.

Why not seek out the best Jamón Serrano that isn't from a black footed Ibérico? There's an enormous range of quality within Jamón Serrano, why not develop your taste for the stuff with good quality Serrano first before joining the Iberico craze.

suggested alternatives are:

Jamón Serrano de Teruel (try http://www.jalonca.com)*

Jamón de Trevélez (try http://www.jamonesdejuviles.com/enindex.htm* - this firm can also sell different grades of iberico ham at reasonable prices)

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I've seen a lot of non-Spaniards shy away from Jamón Iberico over the past few decades. Most of the time it was because of the bands of fat in the properly cut slices. I've even seen people strip them off and discard them.

It should look like this: http://www.azuaga.es/feriadeliberico/lonch...ico_bellota.jpg or this: http://www.ibergour.com/images/loncha_do_extremadura.jpg

Yet most foreigners seem to want and expect this: http://www.igourmet.com/images/products/slicedserrano.jpg

If you come to London, be sure to visit

R Garcia & Sons, 248-250 Portobello Road, London, W11 1LL (Notting Hill)

They sell a wide variety of hams in their deli you can try.

EDIT TO ADD

Only the links marked * lead to online stores


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I cant imagine why a sane person would throw away the fat!

i have jumped on the iberico train since last year when i first tried it in selfridges (they were running a promotion)

i have tried some that a friend brought from barcelona (which i devoured in one seating)

and i ordered last time from : http://www.delicioso.co.uk/shop/Spanish%20Ham (sliced iberico de bellota along some of that great pancetta they have)

i want it presliced as i have no way of storing a whole ham in my place at the moment. i couldnt find shop pages in some of the pages you posted, and those that did would sell whole hams or shoulders only

i was thinking of getting either from http://www.jamonesdomecq.com/index.php?cPath=48_49 or from http://www.ibergour.com/en/productos/sel/j...rico/d/0/h/100/

i think the 2nd one is better ? which brand is better? i am thinking of actually spending 150 euros (£100~) on this . i will probably get some shoulder as well to see the difference in taste and texture.


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i was thinking of getting either from http://www.jamonesdomecq.com/index.php?cPath=48_49 or from http://www.ibergour.com/en/productos/sel/j...rico/d/0/h/100/

i think the 2nd one is better ? which brand is better?

Neither of those look 'right' to me as premium examples of Jamón Iberico. I was back in Spain a couple of weeks ago looking through gourmet produce and the packaged slices of jamón de bellota I looked at were about 50% fat, just like in those photos I linked to.

i am thinking of actually spending 150 euros  (£100~) on this .  i will probably get some shoulder as well to see the difference in taste and texture.

I still think you'll probably be better off going somewhere with a proper selection (like R Garcia & Sons) and trying portions of everything they have. Or better still, get a cheap ticket to Spain, go to a good source for charcuterie and decide for yourself which hams you actually like the best.

It seems to me that you have a newly awakened passion for Spanish Jamon Serrano. Take your time visiting this world, don't just rush to the most celebrated attractions without stopping to savour the 'in between' bits, some of them might turn out to be your favourites after all.

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Bellota

I met these chaps and bought some jamon from them at the Ludlow Food Festival. They also supply Sat Bains' restaurant in Nottingham, which he pairs with his famous duck egg dish.

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Whoa-whoa-whoa!!!

Chorizo Iberico and a special offer on Paleta Iberica!

Great site Bapi, thanks, did you try the Chorizo perchance?


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Bellota

I met these chaps and bought some jamon from them at the Ludlow Food Festival. They also supply Sat Bains' restaurant in Nottingham, which he pairs with his famous duck egg dish.

Now that looks more like it. :smile:

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Great site Bapi, thanks, did you try the Chorizo perchance?

We did and bloody good it was too, I will certainly be stocking up again at this years food festival. I can honestly say that everythng we bought was excellent.

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i am going to london in 2 months for the summer so i am gonna eat a whole ham on my own there :P

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I have tried 100% pure iberian acorn ham from Guijuelo, Spain. I have to say it is amazing product, quite addictive : )  We couldn't stop eating and when we stopped all the ham was disappeared. The brand that  I have tried this time is "Beher", they have several winning awards over the world , i really recommend try this one  it has very soft consistency and sweet and soft flavor. I have tried handcarved gold label  package which is the most expensive but I thought once i paying for eating something special one day why not just eating the best?? But in the same shop they have different kind of iberico ham at different prices depending the age of curation. The shop is based in Manchester but they have online shop  http://saborole.co.uk/ and this is the link of the gold label ham  http://saborole.co.uk/ham-charcuterie/114-acorn-iberian-ham-gold-label-8428688010913.html

Enjoy as we did! Hope repeat this fabolous dinner very soon : )


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