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Paletilla ibérica de bellota Maldonado

Jamon Iberico Maldonado Pata Negra Bellota "Paleta" Shoulder Ham

100% Iberico de Bellota, Pata Negra, No Preservatives

3.8 (14 reviews)
We are no longer selling this product, nor do we plan on selling it again.
100% purebred Iberian (pata negra)
Bellota Top quality: pig fed exclusively on acorns (more)
From 20 to 24 months.
Shoulder (front leg)
Hog cuts: shoulder
Shoulder cut from purebred Iberian pigs reared on the open range in Extremadura on a diet of acorns during the fattening period, when they add at least 37% of their original weight. A purebred Iberian pig comes from parents of 100% Iberian bloodstock (not cross-bred) and accounts for less than 5% of the country's Iberian pigs.
In the delicate processing and curing phase, Cárnicas Maldonado keeps the travel time to the slaughterhouse at a minimum and lets the animals rest to prevent stress, which can alter Ph levels.
A minimum of salt is used for preservation to ensure first-rate flavour.
After eight months in natural drying houses the hams go to the cellars, where they will age for 12 months.
Shoulder cut ham from bellota-grade purebred Iberian pigs, salt.
Purebreed iberian pigs reared on the open range.
Taste note
Cutting reveals a rosy-to-purplish-red colour with glossy streaks of marbling fat in the flesh. Very slightly salty. Full-bodied, intense aromas, highly nuanced. Subtle, delicate flavour.
Outer appearance
A medium-size shoulder, with a thin shank and black hoof. The outer side is covered with a thick layer of glossy fat. The inner side shows traces of white or bluish-grey fungal growth, an unmistakable feature of slow ageing in the cellar.
Storing and expiry date
It depends on the format. See "Presentation".
One 5-kg piece gives about 1.6-1.8 kg net of shoulder slices (between 20 and 23 portions, 80 g each). More info

Hams and shoulders are not packed in individual cartons. We place all the items you purchase in the smallest possible number of cartons to save on shipping costs. If you prefer having them packed in a different way, email us at indicating how many hams/shoulders you want, where you want them shipped and how you want them packed. We will calculate the additional cost of shipping according to your indications.

We ship the whole shoulder wrapped in grease-free paper and an outside cloth wrapper, all encased in a plastic bag for maximum hygiene. When you receive it, take it out of the bag and remove all the wrapping. You can keep it hung by the string at room temperature for up to 6 months before starting it. Once cutting has started, consume it in 1-2 months.

The shoulder in its cloth casing
The shoulder in its cloth casing

We remove the rind and the bone, cutting it into as many parts as you wish, and vacuum wrap each piece separately. We leave only the edible fat (ready to slice and serve).

  • Keep it in the refrigerator.
  • Expires 6 months after delivery.
  • Once a piece is unwrapped it should be consumed within 2 weeks.
  • Bones are included for making broth and in cooking.
Vacuum boned shoulder ham, with bones
Vacuum boned shoulder ham, with bones

We slice your entire shoulder and wrap the slices in 100-gram vacuum packs, separating them with plastic strips for easier serving.

  • Keep in the refrigerator.
  • Expires 6 months after delivery.
  • Once a pack has been opened, consume it within 2-3 days.
  • Bones are included for making broth and cooking.

We can slice the shoulder by machine (+£20.83) or with a knife (+£44.62).

Sliced shoulder ham, with bones
Sliced shoulder ham, with bones

Maldonado brand logo

Cárnicas Maldonado is one of the most renowned artisanal producers in Extremadura. Proof of this is that their hams have received several Premios Espiga awards.

All Maldonado cuts come with a quality certificate guaranteeing that they have passed the rigorous controls of origin (purebred Iberian pigs), diet (acorns) and processing (artisanal).

Average rating:
14 reviews
Outstanding jamon.

A superb paleta with a beautifully balanced flavour, as good as the Joselito. Highly recommended. I was also attracted by the absence of nitrites, though I do not know if these do you any harm.

December 12, 2016
Paris France

Jambon tres goûteux avec du gras c'est vrai mais délicieux , translucide.
La chair est foncée avec un bon goût. Nous reviendrons.

very tasty ham with fat that is true but delicious translucent. The flesh is dark with a good taste. We will come back.

December 3, 2016
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Hace años que compro paletillas de Maldonado y son excelentes. La ultima del pasado mes de noviembre! Sublime. Gran elaborador.

Years ago I buy blades of Maldonado and are excellent. The last of last November! Sublime. Great processor.

December 26, 2011
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Venerque France
Saveur très fineTaste fine

Un produit de trés bonne qualité avec une saveur très fine et très peu salé.
cher mais c'était un délice.

A product of very good quality with a very fine flavor and very little salt. Expensive but it was a delight.

May 11, 2010
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Joan N.
Joan N.
Mataró, Barcelona
No llegaba a la calidad que esperabaDid not reach the expected quality

Adquirí una paletilla maldonado bellota ya que en dos ocasiones había tenído la oportunidad de provar esta, y probar el jamón "maldonado", y lo cierto es que sin estar mala, tampoco le pondría un 10, no os dije nada porqué no era mala, ni estaba en mal estado, pero no llegaba a la calidad que esperaba de un Maldonado.

I purchased an acorn as maldonado shoulder twice had the opportunity to provide this, and try the ham "Maldonado", and the truth is that without being bad, neither would put a 10, does not say anything because I was not bad, or was in bad shape, but did not reach the quality expected from a Maldonado.

February 11, 2010
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We guarantee that you will love your ham from start to end, or we will pick it up for free and give you a full refund
We guarantee that you will love your ham from start to end, or we will pick it up for free and give you a full refund
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How to slice a spanish cured shoulder

The slicing of a ham with a knife is part of the genuine, quality Iberico ham tasting experience. It is a simple process too, with the right equipment. Nevertheless, certain safety measures should be observed.

  • Use a holder designed for this purpose, to keep the shoulder firmly in place.
  • When slicing, the hand not holding the knife should always be higher than the hand holding the knife.
  • Keep your body at a safe distance from the cutting area.
  • Slice slowly, without applying too much force.

See a complete step by step guide, with images.

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