Jamon Iberico - Page 2
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"You never heard this from me, but I suggest you declare that you have no food at all".
He followed the advice and it worked fine (which doesn't prove anything).
Obviously, a whole ham may be harder to smuggle.
In my experience, there are less chances of getting annoyed with sealed containers (cans, bottles, jars, etc...). I haven't tried sous-vide items, but custom officers probably like them better than, say a fresh cheese in paper wrap!!
The 100% tariff on Iberico ham won't be the only increase we'll see :cry:
an older picture of some Iberico bellota and fresh harvested Spanish olive oil taken at work
The current picture of the side by side tasting of Iberico bellota jamon and Iberico bellota paleta
Some time has passed since I first got introduced to Iberico products. Since that time I've had an opportunity not only to try several different Iberico products but also many different types of quality prosciutto and jamon. Within the Iberico family each and every piece not only ranks at the top for taste and quality, but each also stands quite well on it's own.
I recently had the privilege to buy some Iberico bellota paleta (shoulder). Again, the paleta had enough similarities to its jamon brethren to sit at the top of its class, yet differed by more than enough to be served happily along side of it as well. In the first tastes of this side by side comparison I would try to decide which Iberico it was that I enjoyed more. But in the end I just enjoyed them both until my plate was cleaned.
I currently have enough Iberico bellota jamon and paleta to last me another month or two. When the time comes to get some more I may have a difficult choice on my hands...
two ham or not two ham: that is the question
Edited by gonefishin - 8/13/10 at 8:30pm
My first taste of jamon Iberico was at L'Atelier in Vegas about 2 years ago. We saw this leg of ham set on the counter and didn't know what it was. We asked our server and he told us about the ham. We, of course, had to add an order. We were in love at first bites.
Since then, it occasionally makes it on the menus of our local restaurants. We even had a chance to try other Iberico parts at a restaurant. Thankfully, it is also available at the local Spanish store, Spanish Table, and occasionally makes it to the deli case of a high end market.
When we were in Hong Kong a few weeks ago, there were legs of different grades of Iberico legs hanging at a fancy Supermarket. I so wish that I live next to that place! Even better, we went to a brunch buffet that served jamon Iberico!
I remember trying it when I was young on a trip to Europe. Sadly, I don't really remember much about it, except I didn't think it tasted like ham (I was 8). However, I just found out a local grocer carries it for 99.99 a pound. Guess who's stopping by the grocery store on the way home from work!
But really, could you blame any animal for wanting to devour all of it?
some places serve it with the fat trimmed off completely...I just don't get that???
I don't get it either. Haven't those folks ever heard of Queen?? "Fat bottomed jamon iberico you make the rockin' world go 'round". Geez.
I worked at a champagne and tapas bar last summer, we used to get in crates of these beautiful legs and slice them up on a giant meat slicer, along with a few other charcuterie bits from the same animal.
So delicious and probably worth whatever you'll pay for it.
The meat would come (sealed) in a red cloth bag, and even the bags were awesome quality, I kept a bunch and use them for stuffing clothes into for travelling, effortless packing.
I did grow to semi-hate that big meat slicer though, they never fixed it down properly and if you had a cascade of orders you were swinging that wheel round like a maniac, lucky it never fell really.
Cannot fault the meat though, so so delicious.