I'm looking for a wooden stand / holder for my prosciutto--anyone know where I can find one?
Dante has one at $250, and the Librairie Espagnol has one at $125 (they'll have different ones in the Spring apparently), but these are both metal ones and both too expensive for me. Vieille Europe and Milano's have them too, but in the same price range.
I'm looking for a basic wooden one, used is OK, nothing fancy just need to keep the thing still while I carve ! Thanks in advance for any help.
Depending on how quickly you want it, I'd suggest hanging around estate sales or joining Freecycle [ http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/freecyclemontreal/ ]or placing an ad in the Corriere Italiano [ http://www.corriereitaliano.com/ ]. Someone has one hanging around in their basement that they would love to get rid of...
Some good suggestions there--I like the idea of posting in the Corriere Italiano, and I especially like the idea of lurking around estate sales hunting for a greasy old meat holder.
You're right though, there must be hundreds of these things kicking around in various Italian and Portuguese grandfathers' basements. And those are the ones I'm after, ideally, a well-worn wooden one. I've heard that stainless steel ones are more common now that the Quebec government is making it harder to import or sell wooden prosciutto holders as it's in prolonged contact with meat. Seems overly protective to me, especially since the steel ones cost a lot more.
This hotel and restaurant supply store in Rome offers wooden prosciutto holders:
I have no idea how much they cost (you have to register to see prices...) or whether they accept foreign orders or how much it would cost to ship the thing...