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Jamon Iberico Bellota at Costco

Richmond store, 5.3 ounces about $26. Not sure if right/left or front/back leg but still a virtual steal.

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  1. Anyone checked if it's available at the SF store?

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    1. re: osho

      Yes, just bought some from the SF downtown Costco

      1. re: doublehelping

        Scored ...thanks Wolfe and doublehelping !

         
          1. re: osho

            Indeed, tease us and tell us how good it is! I have never had it but I would buy that sampler package without a second thought. Reminds me I have a small package of Fermin lomo Bellota pork loin I need to break into soon.

      2. Please tell me why this is worth ~$80 per pound. I'm not saying it's not, just that I've never had it and am wondering...

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        1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

          Yes, it seems fairly expensive to me also.

          1. re: Tripeler

            Tripeler - what? expensive for Jamon Iberico or expensive for ham?

            for Iberico it's quite competitive, for any old lunchmeat, yes it would be insane.

            it is melt-in-your-mouth luscious. imagine the best prosciutto you ever had and how that made all other Italian cured meats taste like something out of a can. sort of like that but Spanish and different in the salt/flavor profile.

            1. re: hill food

              It seems quite expensive for any kind of cured pork product.
              I have had extremely delicious prosciutto for a whole lot less.

              1. re: Tripeler

                yeah it is pricey. try some domestic Jamon Serrano first and then multiply it by 10x (and yes the price too)

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  oh I know, it's the Cadillac of ham. and the fully loaded model no less.

                  I would urge the reluctants to look it up, as Melanie points out it's from a specific breed of pig from a specific region fed a specific diet of acorns. the hams are cured and hung in a cave in leather bags (IIRC) for a LOOONG period of time in caves long used for this and only this. very labor intensive.

                  there were only what 3 or 4 retailers in the US (until Costco started) who carried it? (actually zero I believe until maybe 5 or 6 years ago)

                  damn I may really need to get a membership, first there was news of good smoked whitefish, now this.

                  1. re: hill food

                    after Fermin set up their USDA inspected facility and put the goods into the export pipeline, there were quite a few retailers here in the U.S. including restaurant owners, but Fermin was the sole source for all of them unless the goods were smuggled or counterfeit. the different items in the sampler pack that was photographed have a fairly wide price range when sold separately, and pre-sliced jamon will not have the same flavour as properly sliced to order meat.

                    has a competitor to Fermin been given USDA approval/inspection for their goods, or is the Costco stuff from Fermin ?

                    1. re: moto

                      Yes, Fermin was the first.

                      Cinco Jotas is available in the US now. I'm so sorry I missed this free tasting and competition last summer,
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8175...

                      ETA: For price comparison purposes, here's the page of Iberico and Iberico de Bellota products at La EspaƱola,
                      http://www.laespanolameats.com/mm5/me...

                    2. re: hill food

                      The hams are air-dried.

                      "moto" is right, there have been considerably more than 3 or 4 retailers before Costco launched this product. Good grief, there are probably many more than that in SF's 7x7. I can buy precut Bellota products by Fermin in the supermarket or cheese shops.

            2. dies front/back/left/right make a difference?

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              1. re: macsak

                I'd prefer a ham to a shoulder. Left or right wouldn't matter, unless they are Nascar pigs and only run counter-clockwise..:)

                1. re: macsak

                  I did see a price difference at one on-line site for front or back. I must say that veggo has a point but I would worry more about gyascutus type pigs

                  1. re: wolfe

                    What a delicious new word for my vocabulary! Thanks, wolfe! I'll be sure to work it into my love letters, sonnets, and poems!

                2. Can you clarify the price? Is it $26 for the package, which includes various meats and 5.3 oz of jamon?

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                  1. I think the OP was referring to this package and not the one posted by osho...

                     
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                        1. re: osho

                          Any updates on the flavor??
                          These did not show up in Merced Costco for obvious reasons.
                          That appears to be a variety pack.
                          Jamon Iberico 'de bellota', is from pigs fed acorns.
                          The Jamon would warrant a higher price per weight, but not sure about the other cuts that are included.
                          I agree that some flavor would probably be lost since it is pre-sliced.
                          The Jamon Iberico de bellota I had in Granada was out of this world.

                          The ham is so rich it is hard to eat more than 2-3 thin slices on bread.

                          1. re: Agrippa

                            I thought flavor was fine, but it didn't do that 'melt in your mouth' thing like the servings I have had at restaurants...

                            Perhaps the presliced packaged version(s) at Costco are not as shaved/sliced as thinly to cause that effect?

                            1. re: slew

                              my biggest suspicion re. the sliced packaged stuff would be, machine - sliced vs. hand sliced. improper (or too-rapid) hand slicing alters the flavour. the last time we bought any, we had several different hams to taste and choose from. it's not really a bad thing, eating smaller amounts of a premium foodstuff because of cost -- that pig had to die for our gluttony after all.

                              1. re: moto

                                It says "hand carved" right on the package.