This is a Serrano shoulder cured for at least 16 months. It comes from Teruel, one of the most famous homeplaces of Serrano meats. The shoulder is the front leg (paleta or paletilla), usually considered more juicy and tasty than the back leg, which is more delicate and tender. Is it about 4.5 Kg and presents a deep, rich taste due to its long drying time (shoulders need less time than ham). It comes bone-in for a maximum taste!
Aire Sano produces those Serrano Shoulder Gran Reserva, IGP Teruel. Bearing the IGP Teruel seal means that the genetics, the feeding and the drying process reached the highest quality standards, for a delicate and rich flavour.
Teruel hams are renowned for their superior quality standards. Aire Sano carefully breeds the best landrace females with carefully selected duroc males, and grows the pigs in their Teruel´s farms, with plenty of space for them to move. They have been granted the ‘happy pig’ certification of animal welfare.
Teruel IGP cured hams and shoulders are higher in fat, which makes them tastier. At Las Delicias Las Delicias we only have in stock the finest ‘paletilla’ (ham shoulder), which are the front legs of the animal. The shoulder has more fat than the ham, which makes it more flavourful. It’s also a smaller piece, which takes shorter in curing which gives it a more uniform taste. The smaller size of a shoulder also makes the shoulder a more convenient piece to take home because they are easier to finish before they get spoilt (a ham or shoulder leg must be finished within 21 – 40 days after start carving them, otherwise they will get dry and develop a rancid taste).
Cured Ham is the most iconic food in Spain. Nothing is more Spanish than ham, and it is the most beloved food in the whole country (except for those Spaniards that are not meat eaters, obviously). Anybody who does not enjoy Serrano ham in Spain will have to face a lack of culinary understanding and they will risk to deeply offend their host when refusing to try some ham.
This 1/4 of the shoulder is the perfect presentation for those who want to enjoy the best Spanish ham with moderation, and without taking the work of carving it from the leg. You will only need a chopping board and a sharped knife to taste this piece of Teruel´s farms.
Pork shoulder, salt, sugar, preservatives E-252, and antioxidant E-301.
How to preserve your deboned shoulder:
Once opened, keep at the fridge covered with cling film. Consume within one month after opening.