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Dec 22, 2010 06:02 AM

Your Favourite Purveyor for Cured Ham

Hi All,

I'm looking for an excellent cured ham. Could be Spanish, Italian, Eastern European I'm not fussed. I've tried a few (not even close to all) at McEwan's and Pusateri's and have been dissappointed at their "blandness".

Thanks in advance.

1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

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  1. Brandt Meat or Starsky for Middle/Eastern European hams?

    Brandt Meats
    1878 Mattawa Ave, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

    2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

    1. You might want to get in touch with Kawartha Ecological Growers, they had an American style country ham at the Slow Food Terra Madre event that was very flavourful. They said they will have a retail footprint in the spring at someplace that's opening in Leslieville (unfortunately I forgot the name) but you may be able to special order and pick up at the Farmer's Market.

      1. What type of "cure" are you after? Bone-in or boneless?

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        1. re: Kagemusha

          I've only tried boneless (e.g. prosciutto, iberico). I should have been more specific to state I'm looking for sliced cured ham.

          1. re: Apprentice

            Try the cheese boutique, I believe they have real Spanish Jamon di Bellota, it won't be cheap. A 40 gram portion (4 slices) in a restaurant cost us $20 recently.

            1. re: Apprentice

              Try Starsky and especially Brandt's factory store-hellishly busy now but a few hip checks will put you close to the counter. You won't find fresher Mittel Europa cured meats. Sorry but I find the deluxe Spanish hams just too pricey.

          2. IMO, Scheffler's in St. Lawrence market has one of the largest and most varied selection. In my last visit, I noticed they carry the rare Jambon de Bayonne from France, different grades of Spanish Serrano Ham including some Iberico de Bellota, Italian Prosciutto from Parma and San Daniele as well as local Prosciutto from Niagara!

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            1. re: Charles Yu

              Happily, many of these are in fairly wide circulation now. I noticed that Longo's(even in Mississauga) are carrying them at their deli counters. Suspect the distributors are anxious to get the products into as many outlets as possible.

              1. re: Kagemusha

                I know Longo's carries some Parma Prosciutto and lower grade Serrano ham but Jambon de Bayonne and Jamon Iberico..?! If so, thats great news! I don't have to drive all the way downtown! Parking is a pain!!

                1. re: Charles Yu

                  It's worth looking around. Most of this product--regardless of retailer--is funneled through a handful of importer/distributors who don't make money when it's going stale in only a handful shops. CB would be my last choice for meat products. If whatever Longo sells is unsatisfactory it won't tip you into insolvency to try it.


              24 month aged Jamon Serrano. Not quite Iberico, but really good, sweet, not salty and far from gamey (like some proscuittos I've had) The other cool thing, Lola shaves the jamon by hand, not machine sliced.