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WE ARE WHAT WE EAT EATS

WE ARE WHAT WE EAT EATS

For years, we have been told that fat makes us gain weight, increases our cholesterol and blocks our arteries. A more modern trend of medicine starts to contradict this principle and blames modern sicknesses...from modern food! As my very good friend and brilliant Doctor in Human Nutrition Guillermo Navarrete (@nutrillermo) says, "all those food products created by Nature, produce health and taste; all those products created/processed by humans, produce money". This is key.  As a kid I remember my grandparents enjoying large pieces of acorn fed, 100% iberico pig back fat slowly cooked for hours by the skilled culinary techniques of my grandma. And...

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Pata Negra - La jamoteca - Acorn-fed 100% Ibérico Ham 48 months / Jamon de Bellota 100% Iberico. All natural: nitrites/nitrates free.

"Pata Negra" and other misleading names

Pata Negra There are very few products with as many nicknames as the Acorn Fed 100% Iberico ham, something that, often, leads to confusion and misunderstanding. It all started in Spain, where the market became so chaotic and misinformed that the Government was forced to pass a bill (back in 2014) to control production and labeling of the Bellota (acorn fed) 100% Iberico ham. According to that bill (known as "Norma de Calidad del Iberico", in Spanish), for a producer or retailer to label a ham as "Pata Negra", the ham must come from a 100% Iberico breed of pig fed on acorns...

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10 commandments when carving Spanish ham - La Jamoteca

10 COMMANDMENTS WHEN CARVING SPANISH JAMON

I HAVE GOT MY AMAZING HAM…! COOL BUT…NOW, WHAT? Tips to properly carve your ham, and things to do and avoid to preserve it.  There is no product that better represents Spain than the beautiful piece of ham (rear leg) or shoulder (front leg) that becomes omnipresent when you visit any of the Spanish cities. In addition, that iconic product is one of the most precious food items in the world, so you decide to get one: congratulations!   So you placed your order on www.lajamoteca.com and, just a few days later, UPS delivers a spectacular styrofoam case that contains the gastronomy jewel:...

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Pick a good ham - La Jamoteca

How to pick a good ham

PICK A GOOD HAM In the previous two posts we spoke about the nicknames of the ham that can mislead you, and also mentioned the "Norma de Calidad" or "Iberico Ham Production Protocol". The next step is, therefore, how do I pick a good ham? No matter if get it at LA JAMOTECA or somewhere else, these are the points you have to check: 1.- Budget: please, understand that Iberico is more expensive than any other ham in the market. Serrano is the most affordable ham (around $300) while the cheapest Iberico is around $500 or so. Do not expect Iberico to be at the same level...

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