Which types of ham-slicing knifes are?
Feb10

Which types of ham-slicing knifes are?

Did you know that ham knifes have a fundamental role on its quality? There is nothing better for Christmas than a good Iberian ham. This may not sound Greek to you but, did you know how to use them properly? Let me make a brief introduction for you: traditional ham-slicing knife, ham-slicing knife with alveolus, cooking knife and knife-grinder as an accessory. If you want to become an expert ham cutter but do not know how to start, we’ll give you some tips for you not to lose when you start your piece. It is important not to put the cart before the horse and know how to properly use each knife. Continue reading, we are guiding you.   Kinds of ham-slicing knifes   Firstly, there is the traditional slicing knife, i.e. the all times slicing knife. To get a high quality slicing knife and not to waist our money, the blade should be long and flexible, as made with stainless steel. This is important to make a nice and fine cutting in order to profit the ham as much as possible and enjoying its flavour and aroma.   Secondly, we have the slicing knife with alveolus. In sort, it is like a traditional slicing knife with little “holes” to separate the slices better. If you normally slice hams or it is your job, this knife is perfect for you.   Thirdly, there is the cook knife. This knife is quite different by their characteristics and the use given. Unlike the previous two, the blade is rigid and wide to well remove the bark.     Ham-slicing knifes accesories   As a complement, we can also count on a knife-grinder to hone our knives before using them. It is important to have all our knives in perfect conditions to cut the ham the best possible slice and enjoy it. If you don’t know which knife to choose we recommend you to try the natura slicing knife from...

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Canned sardines and fish: a brief explanation
Jan26

Canned sardines and fish: a brief explanation

Sardines and anchovies are very appreciated in and outside Spain. I propose to get into the history of Sardinophilie or Sardines . Sometimes, sardines are used in idioms with not good fame . We use it as a comparison when we talk public transport or when it does need describe the little space available on the beaches of the Mediterranean seashore. There is a well-known idiom in spanish which says: “I felt like a canned sardine“.   Sardines production from its beginning To get the most positive side of the canned sardines, will explain more about this invention and its benefits. The production of canned sardines dates back to the year 1810 which has been possible thanks to Napoleon’s initiative. It was not him who had that idea, but he was the promoter of this invention as a good resolution to preserve ingredients during long time periods. By that time there was nothing to open lid, so it was simply opended with a bayonet.   By the end of the 19th century, Brittany was leading the canned sardines international market and France even had the monopoly of canned products, but Spain and Portugal followed its example and ousted them. Looking at the actual canned sardines, they have nothing to do with the ones long ago: it was the poor’s food or for lower social classes.   Sardines nowadays Since some time ago, some canned fishes are considered a delicacy (at least high quality canned sardines and anchovies) and nowhere like Spain to appreciate it. In Galicia, the capture begins in June when sardines are at their maturity and firmness point preserving the fish flavour a bit sour. The fishes are carefully handly selected and scaled.   It is important not to forget sardines are very healthy, so they have a low n-3 fatty acids. Once the can opened, the sardines can be served from the can or with bread with butter or fresh tomatoes.   Now, there are good news for sardines lovers and defenders. Scientists at the American Fisheries Institute of the Ocean and Atmospheric Administration have observed sardines in oceans over the years. They examined catching conditions in trawl nets and calculated being based on the quantities of fish eggs found there. The result of these investigations comes up with an amazing conclusion: “The natural sardines development is not longer in danger. On the contrary, the amount of these fish tends to increase”   Conclusion about sardines study They confirmed that the population of predatory fish, such as cods and tunas, was reducted over the past 100 years and declined by approximately two-thirds. The total amount of “forage fishes”, such...

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Happy new year, with your beloved ones!
Dec25

Happy new year, with your beloved ones!

Jamonarium’s team wants to wish you a happy new year year 2018 and we want you to end this year 2017 as worthy: with a good spanish ham and a good wine. We would like to see you around during the next year, we will be very happy to keep helping you and bring you closer a bit of Spain, wherever you are in Europe. Just like that, we wish you a very happy new year!

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How to preserve and consume your ham?
Dec19

How to preserve and consume your ham?

To preserve different sort of foods may suppose a big deal. Some in the fridge, some others outside … What a mess! Something similar happens with hams. Depending on the format of the ham (whole, boneless or sliced), the ways of preserving it may vary. In order not to waste your piece, we provide you with some tips and basic instructions. Without further ado, let’s start. Whole ham (with bone) If you aren’t going to eat it all the same day, preserve the whole unpeeled ham. Store it in a cool, dry place and not directly exposed to sunlight. Cover the cut with a clean kitchen cloth or with the same ham bag. If you live in areas with a dry climate, you can also cover the cut with a piece of fat, so it won’t be dried up. Try the recently ham cut, so you only should slice the part to be eaten. Its flavour is unique! You can take even months to eat it all. Although the piece may be more dried, you can eat it anyway. It will be as delicious. Boneless ham Keep it somewhere cool, dry and not directly exposed to sunlight. The preservation temperature should be constant, in a cold place if possible. The fridge is just the perfect place to keep it. Whenever you will eat it, get it out the fridge some time before consuming it, so the piece will get temperature. Keep the piece in a Tupperware in order to avoid its contact with external factors. Only cut what you are going to eat. Use a chopping board and a slicing knife to do finest slices. Sliced ham Keep the slices in a dark, cool and dry place. Keep all the slices in a Tupperware in order to avoid direct contact with external agents. Get the slices are going to be eaten out the fridge before consuming it to settle them, so the piece will get temperature. It is very important to know how to preserve the ham to avoid wasting your piece (or the slices you have got) or consuming it in bad condition. Now you know how to preserve it, so if you want to buy Iberian or Serrano hams, buy it here....

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When did we started to eat nougat on christmas?
Dec06

When did we started to eat nougat on christmas?

There is no more typical-Christmas food than nougat. Nutty, chocolate, classic… and more. Each time, the nougat is more consumed throughout the year (like ice cream), it has always been a Christmas-food reference and its different festivities. As many things, It is believed nougat has Arab origin and that arose around the 11th century. But, have you ever wondered why we consumed it in Christmas and when this started? Its components could be consumed throughout the year. Instead, nougat only appears at Christmas. Why? Continue reading for further information. There are several theories why nougats are consumed (or used to be consumed) especially at Christmas. Firstly, ingredients used to make it were very expensive, so it was reserved to be consumed only on special occasions. Although at first the nougat was a food only for those rich, it ended up becoming a Christmas delicacy. Secondly, it is thought farmers had no work during the months before Christmas, so they had to make a living in some way. Matching up off-season for the farmers happened just before the beginning of the winter, they became temporary nougat-makers. Although the origin of the nougat dates back in the 11th century, in our country acquired fame and popularity during the 15th century thanks to the strengthening of almond cultivation and the development of beekeeping. It happened thanks to the climate in the Iberian Peninsula, which favoured the two factors to occur at the same time. Now you know more about Christmas’ star, we encourage you to try our best nougats. If you can’t resist this Christmas delicacy, we recommend you try our most classic nougat of...

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Where does the idea of Christmas Hampers come from?
Nov17

Where does the idea of Christmas Hampers come from?

There are customs that we preserve, convinced that they are typical for our land and Spanish culture. A strong tradition at this time is that of giving away customers, employees or friends a basket full of food and drinks. It is the famous and expected “Christmas Hamper”. But it is worth emphasizing, that the tradition of giving a basket with food was already known in Roman times. They called it sportula, because it came in a basket of esparto or wicker. Over time the name of sportula became the synonym of gift or reward.   In December there was a very important sportula, which coincided with Saturnalia, in honour of the god Saturn. It was celebrated with sacrifices and a public banquet. This festival was very appreciated by the people and lasted several days, until December 25th. During these festivals, houses are decorated with plants and lit candles. The gifts among friends and family were made, exchanging the sportulas with olive, laurel, dried figs and other foods. It was the end of the dark period of the year and the beginning of the period of light; the birth of Sol Invictus, coinciding with the winter solstice and the beginning of the longest days.   These celebrations lied at the core of Roman civilisation, that the Christian hierarchy had great problems to end its performance. There was no other remedy but to substitute the birth of the Roman god Sol Invictus for the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Some of the previous customs have been adapted to the Christian festivity that today is known as Christmas Day. Christmas is, therefore, assimilation on the part of the church of pagan customs, granting to the figure of Jesus Christ the same symbolic character of rebirth as to the Sun. These festivals where the sun reborn, encourage us to offer gifts to maintain and strengthen the ties we have created.   Giving away a basket with good foods is a more ancient than we might think. It has changed from reflecting the good relations between the well off and the plebs in ancient Rome to be adopted in today’s life. We hope that this beautiful custom continues to grow. We all know that generosity is worth it.   If you also think, it is a good idea to give a Christmas Basket as a present, here are our...

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