Serrano ham is one of the great pleasures of our gastronomy, but if you want to make the most of it and enjoy its full flavour, you will have to know how to serve it. You must take into account factors such as temperature, where you store it and how you cut it. Having a whole Josep Llorens ham hanging in the kitchen is not the same as buying it already sliced and vacuum packed, boneless or in a premium box.
How to serve Iberian ham
You should keep Iberian ham at temperatures between 10 and 15 ºC. The reason is simple: it is at that temperature in the drying rooms, so by keeping it at that temperature you will preserve all the ham’s aromatic and taste properties. However, when consuming it, it should be served at about 22 ºC, the optimum point at which fats melt. If you cut it by hand, leave it for 5 minutes to rest; if it is vacuum-packed it, open the sachet 15 minutes before eating it.
How to eat Serrano ham
Serrano ham should be served at between 20 and 25 ºC, as it offers a slightly wider temperature range than Iberian ham. Also, be sure to cut thin slices that are not too long. This way, you’ll be able to get the most out of it, facilitating the combining of the fat and the lean parts, so that it is juicier. It is highly recommended to cut only the ham that you are going to eat, to prevent it from losing its properties.
In short, the ham should be served at about 22 ºC, although Serrano ham has a wider range than Iberian ham to achieve the optimum temperature. At Josep Llorens, you will find all kinds of hams, as well as cheeses and delicatessen products. One last tip to enjoy the best ham is to heat the empty plate in the microwave oven before serving the ham. This way, you will achieve the ideal temperature.