Neither state-of-the-art technology nor brand name clothing nor a weekend getaway, one of the best gifts that you can give us and that we will receive with enthusiasm and pleasure. it’s a good ham. A coveted piece of meat that we will not despise and that we will surely keep like gold on a cloth in our kitchen.
After the joy for this delicious present, it’s time to take the knife to test it, but if you are not very crafty in these matters, the best thing is that You go to a professional establishment, where it is cut and vacuum packed. And it is that having it like this at home will be easier for you when it comes to tasting it:
- It is ideal for consume comfortably, especially if we go on a trip, and it keeps its natural properties for longer as it is not in contact with the air.
- It does not require excessive cooling and can hold between 3 and 6 months in that format of consumption and conservation.
- It does not take up space in the kitchen. Of course, to keep it as it should leave it in a cool, dry place that does not receive direct light.
The best cutters for your precious ham
You can watch a YouTube tutorial to learn how to cut ham in just five minutes, or you can leave it to the true artists in this cutting and slicing of an Iberian pig leg. Here are some of them:
Ham and Point
You do not have to live in Madrid to use the service offered at this establishment (@jamonypunto), located on Bolivia street in the same Chamartín Market. There you can take the whole ham, or send it if your home is outside the capital, so that they can split it themselves and vacuum pack it. The best way to have ham for a while and prevent it from drying out over the days.
The procedure is very simple. Once they have the piece, they are in charge of cutting it, with a knife or with a special machine if you want the portions and flakes to be in an aperitif format, much more comfortable. They then vacuum-pack the entire product in individual sachets and they do the same with the bone part, ideal to give that perfect touch to your cooked. And if there is some meat left over that is not suitable for making a slice, they will mince it and send it to you as well so that you can use it in hundreds of recipes.
How long does it take to do it and how much do you have to pay? Normally, you can have it at home in 2 or 3 weeks, based on availability, and at a price of about 30 euros, approximately, for every 4 kilograms of ham or shoulder.
In Calle Alcalá, at number 339, you will find this other place where Iberians are the real stars. And it is that not only do they cut the ham and store it in airtight containers, but their service as well includes the draft of that shoulder or ham to know if it is good or if its quality is somewhat mediocre. As if that were not enough, they offer you information about the point of salt and healing of the same. Once you know this, they will proceed to shred the piece and deposit it in plastic bags where the air does not enter and whose weight ranges from 100 grams.
Before choosing the machine or hand cut, more traditional, it is important that you know that the first is cheaper, between 25 and 30 euros, and will allow you to enjoy the meat for about 3 or 4 months. On the contrary, this type of cutting It is not the most suitable if you want to feel the true nuances that a good ham offers you. In the latter case, the service will cost you about 45 euros for that piece, 22 if it comes from the same store.
The Pantry (@LADESPENSITAES) works anywhere in the country, as long as the product is yours. If they have given it to you, you must go in person to their establishment to leave them the ham.
But if in this case you want to be the one to make a gift or give yourself a gastronomic tribute, the best thing is that you go to Álvarez Selection, in the La Paz Market in the capital. After deciding on one of the hams they have for sale, you can order the cut à la carte that they also offer for all kinds of sausages. Tell them your preferences and they will debone it for you, clean it properly, they cut it the thickness you want and they pack it according to the weight that is most comfortable for you.
You will have it ready in a couple of days, if you opt for an urgent service, or in ten if you opt for the standard mode.