What is the difference between a jamón and a paleta?

The jamón comes from the rear legs and hind quarters of the pig whilst the paleta comes from the front legs and shoulder.

A jamón is bigger and heavier than a paleta – the average weight of a jamón is approximately 7.5kg and a paleta 5kg.  It is important to point out that the jamón has less inter-muscle and external fat than the paleta so therefore the percentage of wastage (bone and fat) is less.

Neither one or the other is better, it is simply a matter of taste whether you prefer jamón or paleta. Our advice is that you buy according to weight when choosing which Spanish cured ham to buy.

 

How many portions will I get out of a cured ham?

You can expect to get 45-55 portions of 50-100gr portions from a jamón and between 25-35 portions from a paleta.

Remember! Do not store the cured ham in the fridge or in a container

 

How much fat does a jamón o paleta contain?

The bone, hoof, external skin and fat account for 50% of the weight of a jamón and 60% in a paleta. In other words, 50% of a jamón and 40% of a paleta are edible.

 

What are the white spots that appear on the cured ham?

These spots are crystals caused by an amino acid called tyrosine that appears during the degradation of the proteins.  They are not harmful in any way. Completely the opposite, they show that the ham is at its best – it has cured and matured to perfection. 

 

How do I keep the Spanish cured ham (jamón) at home?

Jamones and paletas should be kept in a cool and dry place between approximately 10 ºC and 15ºC, hanging or placed on a ham stand (jamonero).

Spanish cured ham should be consumed freshly cut or once cut the slices of jamón should be wrapped in cling film to avoid contact with the air.  We recommend that you only carve the quantity that you are going to eat immediately.

When you have finished carving the jamón or paleta you need to cover the freshly cut area of the piece of ham with a piece of the outer layer of larger fattier skin, so that the cured ham remains moist and fresh.  Additionally, it is advisable to cover the entire ham with a tea towel to limit exposure to the air.

 

What are the differences between jamón ibérico and jamón serrano?

Consult the section ‘Jamón Ibérico vs Jamón Serrano’ on this website where you will find a detailed explanation of the key differences.

 

Is it necessary to have a ham stand (jamonero)? Where can I buy one?

You do not need to worry about this at all because we will make sure you receive a ham stand free of charge with your order.  Also we will enclose a carving knife specially designed for carving jamón. This way you will be able to carve exquisitely thin slices of jamón safely and efficiently.

 

How do you carve jamón?

Carving jamón is not difficult but you need to have some basic knowledge which you will find in the following link ‘How to cut jamón’.  By following the step by step instructions you will learn how to carve jamón like a professional.

 

How long does delivery take?

Orders sent by Standard Transport take between 3 and 5 working days.  If you require your order sooner we offer an Express 48hour delivery service. 

 

How is the jamón packaged?

Your jamón, which is wrapped in a white cloth bag, will arrive in a cardboard box which has been lined and stuffed with grease proof paper.