With so many types of ham to choose from, it's easy to feel a bit lost when deciding which ham to buy. This guide will help you make the right choice. If you have any questions, or would like to give us feedback, don't hesitate to comment at the bottom of the article, or send us an email.

Front leg (shoulder), back leg (ham), boneless or sliced ham?

We recommend buying sliced grain-fed or acorn-fed ham if:
  • You try Spanish Iberian ham for the first time
  • You don't have much experience cutting ham (yet).
  • You prefer convenience. Meaning... just open the package and enjoy!
  • You aren't going to eat ham every day or every week.
  • You are going to have guests over and you want to surprise them with an exclusive appetizer.
  • You are uncomfortable with the fat on an entire ham.
  • You want to buy a whole shoulder or ham, but you would prefer to try it first.
  • You are the owner of a bar/restaurant. One 100g package corresponds to one full serving.
sliced ham

We recommend buying boneless grain-fed or acorn-fed ham if:
  • You don't have a ham stand or a knife.
  • Cutting ham by hand seems too tricky.
  • You have a slicing machine.
  • You are the owner of a bar/restaurant.
deboned ham

We recommend buying an Iberian grain-fed or acorn-fed shoulder (front leg or paleta) if:
  • You are a family with 2-4 people (you will have enough for several weeks).
  • You want to be able to enjoy short, thin slices whenever you fancy them.
  • The pre-sliced packages disappear too quickly from your refrigerator.
shoulder ham

We recommend buying an Iberian grain-fed or acorn-fed (back leg) ham (jamón) if:
  • Spanish ham is not new to you, and you eat it regularly.
  • There are more than 3 people in your house who can't resist this delicacy.
  • A shoulder lasts you less than 2 weeks.
  • You are the owner of a bar/restaurant and you want to offer this delicacy to your clients. 
back leg ham

Still not sure which ham to buy? My co-workers and I would be delighted to help you:

info@gastroiberico.com
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