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Jamon Serrano Ham

  • forfarbridie on Sunday, 8th November 2009

    I have picked up a leaflet in Lidl today advertising a 7-8Kg approx Jamon Serrano Ham for sale costing £59.99 and I wonder if anyone could advise me whether this a good price for this item as it is being offered for sale from the 9th November.

  • Message 2. Posted by MrsWWoof on Sunday, 8th November 2009 permalink

    It is a good price and well worth it. We had one last year. Thanks for the heads up - am off to Lidl tomorrow evening to get one smiley - smiley

  • Message 3. Posted by MrsWWoof on Sunday, 8th November 2009 permalink

    Oh and it's worth paying the £4.99 (I think it was last year) for the stand so that you can "display" it properly. The stand comes with a carving knife too.

  • Message 4. Posted by SodaFarlLass on Sunday, 8th November 2009 permalink

    I live in Germany and many supermarkets here have Serrano on special offer at this time of the year. The price is good! I have never bought a Lidl one myself, but, funnily enough, was just having a look at them myself this week. I feel perfectly at ease in telling you to go for it! On the other hand, maybe we should be keeping this to ourselves or there'll be a rush on 'em smiley - winkeye

  • Message 5. Posted by Luca on Sunday, 8th November 2009 permalink

    That's an amazingly good price and I'll definitely buy one if our Lidl sells it... Thanks for the info. We freeze for raclette it so I might even buy two.

  • Message 6. Posted by Organoleptic Icon on Sunday, 8th November 2009 permalink

    £8 per kilo sounds cheap - but how long does it keep? In what conditions?

  • Message 7. Posted by MrsWWoof on Sunday, 8th November 2009 permalink

    In a cool room or fridge the last one we had kept for several months.

  • Message 8. Posted by forfarbridie on Monday, 9th November 2009 permalink

    picked up my Jamon to-day and would be grateful for your recipe for racette using said ham

  • Message 9. Posted by Luca on Monday, 9th November 2009 permalink

    Lucky you. I must get to my local Lidl before they all go. There is no real 'recipe' as such. Buy your raclette cheese and serve it melted over the ham with tiny gherkins and boiled baby potatoes. I also like to melt the cheese over mushrooms.

  • Message 10. Posted by BBC Food host on Monday, 9th November 2009 permalink

    Yes, it keeps more or less forever, out of the fridge. (In theory, that is, as it's so delicious it goes quickly!) Just keep re-covering the ham with the skin/fat on the outside. And eat it on its own as an aperitif or snack - no need for any adornment, its flavour is unbeatable! Drool...

    BB

  • Message 11. Posted by bonitar on Monday, 9th November 2009 permalink

    I just looked on their site and didn't find them! Does anyone have a link? It's for my Mum, she loves ham and has trouble getting what she wants!

  • Message 12. Posted by PurpleLuv on Monday, 9th November 2009 permalink

    Is this available in the UK?

  • Message 13. Posted by ordinarygull on Monday, 9th November 2009 permalink

    Yep, picked up a leaflet yesterday in our local Lidl for this - my 10 year old wants one for Christmas lol....

  • Message 14. Posted by Luca on Monday, 9th November 2009 permalink

    I hope so as OH wants two! I can't find it on-line though... and it wasn't in the Lidl email.......

  • Message 15. Posted by chocolate-salami on Monday, 9th November 2009 permalink

    What type of Jamon Serrano is it? Jamon Iberico de Belota? If so thats a bloody bargain. Must admit I dont much appreciate the other types, the acorn fed one is enormously finer, more delicate, it melts in your mouth. Has anyone got a link to the offer?

    (drooling face)

  • Message 16. Posted by Scalywitch on Monday, 9th November 2009 permalink

    Snagging for the link as mine not showing it either..

  • Message 17. Posted by Bibsinspain on Monday, 9th November 2009 permalink

    Go for it smiley - smiley

    but how long does it keep? In what conditions?


    Definitely buy the stand too. Once it's been cut, simply keep it covered with a tea towel. If it's not all eaten too quickly, it will last for several months (poss up to 1 year).

  • Message 18. Posted by Organoleptic Icon on Monday, 9th November 2009 permalink

    Are they offering tastings? Think I want to know what it is like before spending £60!

  • Message 19. Posted by chocolate-salami on Monday, 9th November 2009 permalink

    I'm with Aristologist. A lot of these can be over salted or too dry, definitely needs trying before buying, otherwise it can turn out to be quite the opposite of a bargain!

  • Message 20. Posted by prawncrackers75 on Monday, 9th November 2009 permalink

    <quote>What type of Jamon Serrano is it? Jamon Iberico de Belota?</quote?

    If Lidl were somehow managing to sell Iberico de Bellota ham for £60 a pop i wouldn't be sitting here typing this! smiley - smiley

  • Message 21. Posted by ordinarygull on Monday, 9th November 2009 permalink

    The picture in the leaflet shows Jamon Serrano Arroyo Seleccion if that helps.....

  • Message 22. Posted by MrsWWoof on Monday, 9th November 2009 permalink

    Got mine smiley - smiley

    Went in to my local branch and they didn't even have them on display. Had to ask all sort of cloak and dagger and this large box was brought out of the storeroom and placed in my trolley smiley - smiley Upon phoning them this morning was told my local store only had 7 and they weren't able to reserve any.

  • Message 23. Posted by forfarbridie on Monday, 9th November 2009 permalink

    apparently they are only brining this offer to selected stores so I was impressed our store had any.My husband went for it and said they only had the 1 but you could order it No sign of the stand though Thought I might go back and ask re stand

  • Message 24. Posted by Organoleptic Icon on Monday, 9th November 2009 permalink

    Mrs WW - and anyone else who has bought one

    Tasting notes please!

  • Message 25. Posted by PurpleLuv on Tuesday, 10th November 2009 permalink

    Info for NW & Cheshire from Lidl customer service, our Lidl's are supplied by two depots that will not be stocking the hamsmiley - sadface

    Bad luck.

  • Message 26. Posted by forfarbridie on Tuesday, 10th November 2009 permalink

    The box says that it is Jamon Serrano Selection Hembra and the producer's name is Arroyo. Hope this of assistance

  • Message 27. Posted by Organoleptic Icon on Tuesday, 10th November 2009 permalink

    I just phoned Lidl. Seems it depends which warehouse supplies your store. All NWEngland/NWales are from Runcorn and got none.

    Suggest all phone to express their annoyance

    0870 444 1234

    Opening hours:
    Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
    Saturday: 9am - 6pm
    Sunday: 10am - 5pm

  • Message 28. Posted by MrsWWoof on Tuesday, 10th November 2009 permalink

    Very nice, flavoursome and moist. Had some thinly carved yesterday evening for dinner with some slices of manchego cheese and a bowlful of olives. Nothing else was needed and we both enjoyed our "grazing" kind of dinner.

    The dog was kind of hoping it would fall off the stand as I was carving but unfortunately for her . . . it didn't! smiley - smiley

    PS - Sorry for all those peeps who can't get hold of it.

  • Message 29. Posted by peladilla on Tuesday, 10th November 2009 permalink

    Please don't freeze Jamón Serrano, its a crime.

  • Message 30. Posted by Luca on Tuesday, 10th November 2009 permalink

    It's a crime to cut it off the bone to freeze but if you have some ready sliced which needs eating up but you can't at that time then freezing for a raclette works perfectly with no flavour loss or real texture change.

  • Message 31. Posted by chocolate-salami on Wednesday, 11th November 2009 permalink

    Freezing it is a terrible idea. returns all the water to the dried ham and renders it pretty much tasteless. I know a fab spanish supplier who would probably feed me to his pigs if i did such a thing!

  • Message 32. Posted by Catherine on Monday, 16th November 2009 permalink

    Luca, if you are still looking for this ham then the Lidl opposite Tooting station has then at £59.99

  • Message 33. Posted by Luca on Monday, 16th November 2009 permalink

    Hi Cat,

    Thanks for the info! I shall go and see what it looks like sometime this week. OH will be a very happy man!

  • Message 34. Posted by Catherine on Monday, 16th November 2009 permalink

    Oh and thats the mainline station, not the underground

  • Message 35. Posted by sueturnersmith on Monday, 16th November 2009 permalink

    Cat - I'd love one!

  • Message 36. Posted by Catherine on Monday, 16th November 2009 permalink

    They do them at Farnham. You and I saw them there a few months ago and you even commented on the stand. And here was I thinking it was my memory that was up the spout smiley - biggrin

  • Message 37. Posted by Catherine on Tuesday, 17th November 2009 permalink

    Has anyone actually bought this ham yet? Luca, check you text messages smiley - biggrin

    My brother in law would love it but I don't know where they would keep in. Their Kitchen is tiny

  • Message 38. Posted by jamesandkatherina on Tuesday, 17th November 2009 permalink

    Cat

    so pleased your on the mendsmiley - hug

    but do you know someone who made sandwhiches for British Rail and can cut the ham that thin??

    J&K

  • Message 39. Posted by Luca on Tuesday, 17th November 2009 permalink

    Mrs WW bought one I think.

    Just off to find my phone Cat!

  • Message 40. Posted by Luca on Tuesday, 17th November 2009 permalink

    Couldn't they suspend it from somewhere cool and dry Cat?

    (p.s. NAF but You're a smiley - star)

  • Message 41. Posted by Organoleptic Icon on Tuesday, 17th November 2009 permalink

    Message posted by Cat

    Has anyone actually bought this ham yet? Luca, check you text messages

    My brother in law would love it but I don't know where they would keep in. Their Kitchen is tiny



    Hung up high somewhere, out of the reach of Cat








    s

  • Message 42. Posted by MrsWWoof on Tuesday, 17th November 2009 permalink

    Yes, I've got one. smiley - smiley

    I'm luckily enough to have a dual zone wine cabinet (one side for red, one side for white) that hubbie bought me for my birthday. His red wine is in the ordinary wine rack now - much better place as the heating has the place at the right temperature (and he believes me on this fortunately). The side the red was in has been turned down temperature wise and this ham fits in there perfectly (minus the stand).

  • Message 43. Posted by karadekoolaid on Tuesday, 17th November 2009 permalink

    This is going to be a half-pig postsmiley - biggrin smiley - biggrin because I know only a little about these hams...
    and a little knowledge is a dangerous thing!!

    From my understanding, Jamón Serrano is a fairly generic term for the least tasty of the Spanish hams. (Shoot me now if you know more). "Serrano" means "from the hills"; something/someone who inhabits the hills. It's a very tasty ham which is cured by salting, then hanging. In the Caracas Tascas, Serrano hams are to be found hanging around all the bars.
    "Ibérico" is simply - from the Iberian Peninsular. So the same, but different.
    "De Bellota" means the pigs are fed on acorns (bellota.
    "Pata Negra" is the very best ham; it comes from pigs which have black hooves. The "Pata Negra de Bellota" is definitely a delicious, delicious, delicious ham.
    "Jamón Serrano", unlike "Prosciutto di Parma", is served in chunks, rather than wafer thin slices, and has a far more pronounced flavour.
    Never, ever, EVER freeze Serrano ham. smiley - yikes smiley - yikesThat is tantamount to decanting a 1959 Chateau Lafitte Grand Cru Classé into a Coca-cola bottle. Cover the ham with the first, thick slice of fat you cut off, and wrap in a clean napkin. It'll last about 2 days because you won't be able to resist eating it with everything.
    I'm searching for a video which explains how to cut the ham - can't find it yet, but will do asap.

  • Message 44. Posted by Luca on Tuesday, 17th November 2009 permalink

    I don't think anybody has suggested freezing good quality serrano ham on the bone... freezing the last slices of it for a raclette (when you've cut a large platter and had enough of it) is something I've done very successfully - you are basically pouring boiling hot melted cheese over the last few rather dried slices of it before eating it. Not exactly tantamount to decanting Chateau Lafitte into a Coca Cola bottle!! smiley - laugh

    "Jamón Serrano", unlike "Prosciutto di Parma", is served in chunks, rather than wafer thin slices, and has a far more pronounced flavour.


    In the UK I've only ever seen it (and had it in Spanish restaurants) sliced thinly. Lidl do also sell packets of serrano ham thinly sliced which are good if rather salty.

    I'll let the Spanish experts comment on the different hams but I'm not sure at the price Lidl is offering the ham that it is going to be amongst the best... a tasty extra at Christmas though. smiley - biggrin

  • Message 45. Posted by MrsWWoof on Tuesday, 17th November 2009 permalink

    Indeed Luca, a tasty ham at a tasty price. An offer not to be missed if you're able to get hold of one from your local Lidl.

  • Message 46. Posted by Luca on Tuesday, 17th November 2009 permalink

    Cat's pointed me in the right direction Mrs WW although the store isn't local and we hope to find some - another friend knows of some at a different Lidl store and OH is determined to track one down so I'm going to let him take on the challenge I think. He'll be eating most of it anyway.

  • Message 47. Posted by Leithbhoy on Wednesday, 18th November 2009 permalink

    I have bought this from the Lidl at the Kirkgate in Leith. Was a bit of a cringe, as the staff member made a big deal of it - must have been their first sale or something.

    Was a bit disappointed there was no stand as to buy one separately comes in at another £15-£20 for the absolute bogstandard and I am unlikely to buy another one in the near future given I am in a household of two!

    In terms of taste, I have found it really good. Not too salty and about the same standard as you would get from an average deli, selling generic serrano ham.

    I carved down from the hoof and as i don't have the flexible carving knife, this was slightly difficult. As the cutting area expanded, I was able to use my (very sharp) normal carving knife more easily and get a better results. This will get even better as I cut down.

    One thing I would point out is that this is bog standard pig. I did a fair bit of research into the company who supply the ham and they are a massive industrial operation. They have photos of their two main processing plants. The company is jamones arroyo and you can the pictures under the 'localiciones' of their site.

    www.jamonesarroyo.co...

    Overall a fun experiment but I must admit I rushed into it as it was on my wishlist and on an ethical, I am not sure I would do so again.

  • Message 48. Posted by karadekoolaid on Wednesday, 18th November 2009 permalink

    Here's the best video on how to slice Jamón Serrano, from the 5 Jotas company: www.youtube.com/watc...
    Doesn't matter too much if you don´t speak Spanish; the video explains itself.
    I've eaten their products. Excellent quality.

    Now you were talking about "bog standard" pigs, Leithbhoy, I remembered something else.You might find some cured jam labelled "de Jabugo". In which case, buy some, because those hams are made from wild boar and are extraordinary!

  • Message 49. Posted by chocolate-salami on Wednesday, 18th November 2009 permalink

    and if you find "de bellota" buy it too- wonderful acorn fed iberian pigs- some argue it is one of the fine foods of the world. I know I do!!

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