Ham

Hams are the most widely recognised part of the pig. They come from the two hind thighs of the pig which are bursting with meat. Each and every Don Cala ham is a unique piece straight from the natural curing cellars of Guijuelo (Salamanca). Its delicate and distinctive flavour surpasses even the most demanding expectations of Spanish cuisine. Discover our 4 ranges of 100% home-made hams and delight those you love the most with the aroma of the best freshly cut ham in the world.

Ham TRADICIÓN

Breed
50%
Feed 100%
natural
Months
curing time
Ham Tradición | 7,5 - 8kg
Available
Ham

Ham Tradición | 7,5 - 8kg

JM4101
€239.00
Tradición is Don Cala’s first selection, a spectacular ham that comes from pigs fed with grasses and fodder on extensive traditional farms. After a meticulous selection process, our whole hams are salted and cured for 26 months resulting in an intense flavour and smooth texture. The entire piece weighs 8kg., perfect for leaving and going back to time...
Ham Tradición Boned | 4 -...
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Ham

Ham Tradición Boned | 4 - 4,5kg

JM4201
€269.00
Our most popular category. The pigs of our well-known Tradición range have been fed on select animal feeds on extensive farms with large open spaces set aside for each animal. With all the care and love that we can bestow, this piece has been cured and boned to offer a fresh, delicious taste. Vacuum-packed and boned by hand, this little gem weighs about...
Ham Tradición | Sachet 80 gr
Available
Ham

Ham Tradición | Sachet 80 gr

JM4301
€6.90
Finely cut and immediately packed to seal in the flavour, you can also try the ham from our Tradición range in 80gr vacuum packed sachets. Whatever the occasion, you simply open the package and revel in this incredible gourmet experience. A high quality ham from pigs that have fed on the finest pastures of Guijuelo. Direct from our door to yours. The...
Ham Pack Tradición | 5 sachets
  • Reduced price / -15%
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Ham

Ham Pack Tradición | 5 sachets

€29.33 €34.50
Don Cala presents to you a pack of finely cut ham from our Tradición range. Available in 5x80 gram sachets, freshly cut and vacuum packed, so the only thing left to think about is when to taste our spectacular hand crafted ham. Our Don Cala Tradition ham is of the highest quality and comes from pigs reared on natural resources such as grain fodder and...

Ham SENSACIÓN

Breed
75%
Feed 100%
natural
Months
curing time
Outdoor
reared
Ham Sensación | 7,5 - 8kg
Available
Ham

Ham Sensación | 7,5 - 8kg

JM3101
€279.00
Don Cala has prepared for you the Sensación range. Reared freely in areas of more than 100 m2 per animal and fed on fodder and cereal crops, each piece has been carefully cured in Guijuelo, resulting in a delicious sweet flavour and less salty taste in comparison to those from other regions. You can buy the whole piece of our ham, which weighs around 8kg....
Ham Sensación Boned | 4 -...
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Ham

Ham Sensación Boned | 4 - 4,5kg

JM3201
€309.00
Excellent product, our Ham Sensación also comes boned. Vacuum-packed and boned by hand, this little gem weighs about 4.5 kg. With this option, enjoy our exclusive offering from pigs reared in more than 100m2 of free natural space and fed with grasses and cereal crops for a longer period which only adds to the exquisite flavour of this piece. Cured for 26...
Ham Sensación | Sachet 80 gr
Available
Ham

Ham Sensación | Sachet 80 gr

JM3301
€7.50
Hams from our Sensación range also come in 80 gr sachets. Stir your senses from slice to slice, experiencing the smell and taste of a freshly cut ham for days to come. Reared in the rich green pastures of Salamanca, the ham of these pigs is sweet and soft and leaves an intense taste on the palate every time you try it. Cured for 26 months. GMO and gluten...
Ham Pack Sensación | 5 sachets
  • Reduced price / -15%
Available
Ham

Ham Pack Sensación | 5 sachets

€31.88 €37.50
Ham from our Sensación range also comes in 80 gram sachets. Stir your senses from slice to slice, experiencing the smell and taste of a freshly cut ham for days to come. Reared in total freedom in the region of Salamanca, the ham of these pigs is sweet and soft and leaves an intense taste on the palate every time you try it. Here at Don Cala, you can buy...

Ham RESERVA

Breed
75%
Feed 100%
natural
Months
curing time
Outdoor
reared
Ham Reserva | 7,5 - 8kg
Available
Ham

Ham Reserva | 7,5 - 8kg

JM2101
€449.00
Reared in Guijuelo before our very eyes, our Reserva range will be appreciated by all. From pigs that have been left to roam in more than 10,000m2 of lush green pastures in total freedom and fed on cork oak acorns and grasses. These breed pigs are the treasure of our family tradition and are easily recognisable by their taste and visible quality. Each...
Ham Reserva Boned | 4 - 4,5kg
Available
Ham

Ham Reserva Boned | 4 - 4,5kg

JM2201
€479.00
Practically pure-bred, our ham Reserva also comes boned. After 36 months of curing its authentic and traditional flavour is of a superior quality, that's why we work hard to make sure this delicious flavour reaches you intact in a piece that is already boned and more manageable, at around 4.5 kg.  When quality is a priority in the process, it always...
Ham Reserva | Sachet 80 gr
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Ham

Ham Reserva | Sachet 80 gr

JM2301
€11.80
Don Cala is immensely proud of this ham carefully prepared by our greatest experts; we present to you the Reserva. Intense in the mouth and delightful to the nose, grab this opportunity with both hands and try this true Spanish delicacy. Produced from pigs reared in a free natural environment, this ham can also be purchased in convenient sachets of 80gr....
Ham Pack Reserva | 5 sachets
  • Reduced price / -15%
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Ham

Ham Pack Reserva | 5 sachets

€50.15 €59.00
The gastronomic heritage of our lands, our Reserva Sliced Ham will delight everyone. From pigs that have been left to roam in more than 10,000m2 of lush green pastures in total freedom and fed on cork oak acorns and grasses. Discover our pack of sliced ham from our Reserva range with 5x80 gram sachets, vacuum packed.  Cured for 36 months; Don Cala is...

Ham GRAN RESERVA

Breed
100%
Feed 100%
natural
Months
curing time
Outdoor
reared
Ham Gran Reserva | 7,5 - 8kg
Available
Ham

Ham Gran Reserva | 7,5 - 8kg

JM1101
€549.00
Gran Reserva is our most widely recognised piece from our 100% pure-bred range. An excellent treat for any ham connoisseur. For this selection, the pigs are reared in areas of more than 10,000m2 in total freedom and left to feed at their pleasure on the fruits of the cork and holm oaks that can be found in the province of Salamanca. The whole piece of...
Ham Gran Reserva Boned | 4...
Available
Ham

Ham Gran Reserva Boned | 4 - 4,5kg

JM1201
€579.00
From authentic breed pigs, this is our Gran Reserva range. Reared in areas of more than 10,000m2 with total freedom and fed mainly by the fruits of the cork oak, this ham is cured for 36 months and is truly mouth watering. This piece weighs around 4.5 kg with an extended shelf life due to it being boned. Do not miss this experience! Because our ham is our...
Ham Gran Reserva | Sachet...
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Ham

Ham Gran Reserva | Sachet 80 gr

JM1301
€15.80
As a result of our intense effort and dedication, we present to you our masterpiece: The Gran Reserva range. Considered among the best in Spain, these pigs roam freely through the meadows of Salamanca and are fed on the finest food possible. Cured for a whole 36 months, this ham has the finest of textures and a truly delicious taste. A flavour that you...
Ham Pack Gran Reserva | 5...
  • Reduced price / -15%
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Ham

Ham Pack Gran Reserva | 5 sachets

€67.15 €79.00
Gran Reserva is our most widely recognised piece from our 100% pure-bred range. For this selection, the pigs are reared in a 10,000m2 area with total freedom and left to feed at their pleasure on the fruits of the cork and holm oaks that can be found in the province of Salamanca. We present to you our pack of sliced ham from our Gran Reserva range with...

The preparation of our ham

Once the pig is reared during the acorn season on the finest pasture lands in Spain between Guijuelo and Ciudad Rodrigo the careful hand crafting of each piece begins. The key phases of preparation of our Don Cala hams are the salting, washing, natural drying and finally the curing in our Salamanca cellars.

The meticulous selection of each piece, family knowledge and curing time, are all essential elements to guarantee the best quality possible.

How to carve a ham?

Cutting a ham is not an easy task, but never fear, you’re not the first and you certainly won’t be the last person to want to know how to cut a ham. Ready to get started? Read on to learn how to cut a ham like a professional.

  • How to start

To begin cutting a ham, you must place it in the holder with the hoof pointing upwards. This way the knife will slide effortlessly through the cushion and the fore cushion of the ham (the parts that remain facing up). On the opposite side we have the knuckle and hock and at the end of the ham is the tip.

  • Let’s continue

Check that the ham is firmly held and that it does not move. In addition, it should be placed in a way that guarantees an optimal cut. Make sure it’s at the right position and height.

  • Preparing to carve

With a wide blade knife, make a deep cut two centimeters from the hock. This is a protruding bone under the hoof and very easy to find. Cut at a 45 degree angle towards the bone.

  • Time to clean it!

With the same knife, trim the yellow fat from the part you want to taste between the cushion and the hock. Once you have removed the yellow outer layer, you will find a whitish or pinkish fat.

  • Time to taste!

Or nearly! We can now begin to cut the first slices. Begin cutting from the highest part of the cushion. Make sure the cuts are horizontal. As you work the knife, you will expand the cutting area until you find the entire cushion area exposed.

  • Beware

Carving horizontally through the cushion will lead to the hip bone at the end of the cut. Do not cut into it! If you do, you could dislodge splinters into your ham. Cut around the bone as close as possible without cutting into it. This way, you can continue cutting horizontally and separating the meat from the bone, and once you reach the hip bone area the meat will separate by itself.

  • The under side of the ham

If you turn your ham over, you can also eat the babilla (knuckle) part. Just as before, you should slice horizontally and parallel to the cuts you made to the cushion. Equally, you should remove the yellow outer layer of your ham to eat the knuckle which cures earlier than the other parts.

  • Once again

It will lead to the hip bone. Cut around the hip bone carefully with a boning knife then make thin straight cuts until there is practically no meat remaining on your ham.

  • Wait a minute!

We said practically! Once there are no slices left to cut, you can still use the remains to cut away any taquitos (diced ham cubes). These can be used to add flavour to stews or broths. As the saying goes: “The pig has forty flavours, all of them tasty.”

How to conserve a ham once carved?

Another important question is how to conserve a ham once carved. Obviously, however exquisite a ham may be, it would be unlikely to finish a piece in one sitting.

Conserving the ham properly and making sure it doesn’t get too dry is essential to avoid spoiling its flavour. Don Cala will enlighten you.

  • Every part of the pig is utilised

To avoid drying your ham once cut, we recommend keeping the first layer of yellowish grease on the haunch as a protective layer through 2 cutting sessions.

  • Anything else?

Yes, there are several options when it comes to covering the ham.

Firstly, you may wrap it in cling film. This will preserve the freshness of your ham but should only be used when you want to keep the piece temporarily. This is because the ham constantly expels moisture which is "trapped" by the film and could lead to the appearance of mould.

A second longer term option is simply to cover the ham with a clean cotton cloth. The cloth will protect your ham for longer and allow it to breathe. However, before retasting your piece you must remove the part that has dried out.

  • Some final secrets

There are certain secrets that can also help you preserve your ham.

For example, the ideal conditions for the preservation of your ham is to keep it at an ambient temperature of between 20 and 23 degrees.

Another factor to keep in mind, is that despite having no expiration date, the ham will eventually dry out; therefore, it is recommended that once cut it is consumed within one month.

Finally, if you do not plan to use your ham again in the near future, then we recommend it is vacuum packed. Sliced and packed, your ham can remain in perfect condition for up to 90 days and still retain its exquisite flavour. This method offers several advantages, it is much easier to store than the entire leg and when the mood takes you, you simply remove the packed slices from the fridge let them settle for a few minutes and enjoy.

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