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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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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How to choose your perfect ham holder? Over-table or wall ham holder?
Sep26

How to choose your perfect ham holder? Over-table or wall ham holder?

With the arrival of winter, festivities and christmas holidays we love enjoying the best fooding products as hams. The quality of the ham may depend of the cut of ham. Although it seems something insignificant and even nonsense, ham holder has a very important role. You can see there are several factors affecting the quality and the cut of the ham. Among them, choosing the correct ham for each occasion is the result. It is important to choose a ham holder which fits on our needs, in which we can manipulate our ham or ham shoulder properly to avoid injuries and avoiding to waste our ham. If you are thinking of giving (or self-giving) a ham holder as a present in you don’t know which is better, hold on and we are explaining everything to you. Al the time to choose a ham holder, it is important to take into account different factors which will be influencing our option. These are the following: -Weight, shape and dimensions: When considering ham holders, stability is very important; and here stability and weight are extraordinary alike. It is important for you to use the ham holder in a roomy place where to manipulate the ham properly, which has certain weight to ensure stability and comfortable to use. -The aim of using it: depending on which is your porpose, we will recomend one or another. We won’t recommend the same ham holder to someone who is a professional ham cutter who uses it every day, to someone who only uses it at family and friends meetings.  If you want it for professional use, everything change. -Rotating/non-rotating gripping: Gripping and base are the most important parts of ham holders. If the gripping rotates, we will be able to turn the ham without removing it, so it will be much comfortable. -Non-skid base: There is nothing more incomfortable than an unstable and slippery ham holder, so a base with non-skid elements as valves is very important. -The space you have: as previously named, the space available is something important when choosing a ham holder. This will be determinant to choose either a wall or a over-table ham holder. In short, the choice of your ham holder will be mainly based on the space available to use it and its aim (domestic, professional or both purposes). If you have space available, an over-table ham holder is better because it is more comfortable to use as well as cutting best your ham. If you do not know which one to choose, we recommend you buy the Teide ham holder...

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“Maladúa” the world’s most expensive ham
May17

“Maladúa” the world’s most expensive ham

“Maladúa” the world’s most expensive ham costs 4,100€ a leg. No doubt Spanish Brand “Dehesa Maladúa” is the world’s most expensive ham. it was recently prized with the charcuterie world’s equivalent of an Oscar in Biofach – Nuremberg. The Europe’s leading organic foods trade fair declared this unique dry-cured ham its best product.  The prize-winning ham comes from a rare breed of pig called the Manchado de Jabugo, its name refers to the dark patches on the animal skin. Dehesa Maladúa’s creator and owner, Eduardo Donato, has achieved to protect this breed from extinction 25 years ago when he settled in Huelva province in southwestern Spain. Manchado de Jabugo ham’s unquotable taste is due to the fact that the pigs do not eat animal feed, but only natural food from the pastures. Donato owns 80 hectares of “dehesa” to forage them with acorns and green fodder in the woodlands of Huelva. The excellence of his products has already been confirmed by Córdoba’s Nutritional Science and Food Technology Department, up to the international norms. Its color, is dark-red and glossy; its fat is white and fine; its aroma is intensive and its overall flavor is salty and sweet at the same time. The Manchado de Jabugo breed was affected by the swine fever epidemic in 1958.  The farmers did not appreciate it enough  because it took longer to reach their maturity and is less fertile than other iberian pigs. A Manchado de Jabugo pig needs  up to three years to reach the optimal weight, while others can be processed to ham when they are from 14 to 18 months. Then another six years are needed before the ham is cured. There is another reason why they are considered less attractive: Manchado de Jabugo pigs sometimes do not flaunt the dark pigmentation in their hoofs that is the most important features of Iberian ham (pata negra).  Donato takes care of his valuables pigs with great engagement, they wander freely across Donato’s woodland neighboring to Picos de Aroche UNESCO biosphere reserve. Donato decided to settle in this zone in 1990 acquiring an old farm in Maladúa, a small  village near Cortegana, forgotten by God and by the humans. So than he began to study intensively about sustainable pig breeding and ham curing. Now he runs a virtually one-man successful company, supported only by his family. Donato provides the international market with less than 100 hams a year, while they are now sold all over the world. For the “famine” of top-quality Iberian ham such as Maladúa and the high cost of production, the customers have to pay top price, They are not...

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You do not have your Christmas ham yet?
Dec13

You do not have your Christmas ham yet?

There is very little for those special dates and dinner where you will want to leave your guests speechless. If you do not have your Christmas ham we invite you to take it with us, indeed, we are who we take it where you want, either here or anywhere in Europe. Our team of experts will take care for choosing the product that suits you according to your preferences. What are you waiting for? Come in and choose the ham you like...

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Patés and Foie Gras ideal for snacks and appetizers
Dec20

Patés and Foie Gras ideal for snacks and appetizers

This Christmas we gather with family and friends, we have more than enough reasons to dress the table with our finest. For this reason we propose to a good selection of Patés and Foie Gras, an easy way to prepare snacks and appetizers. We recommend: To serve this product cold as an aperitif with thin toast, it combines perfectly served with cold...

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