Why is the ham holder important?


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Why is the ham holder important?

We already talked about how to make a good cut of ham but: knowing how to cut is everything? Is the skill of the cutter enough? Is a good knife enough? . . We are going to talk about a series of aspects to take into account when choosing a ham holder.

The support is an essential piece when starting or making any cut. It is as important as a good Iberian ham, a good knife and the skill of the cutter. In a good support we hope that it will allow us to make cuts as clean as possible, and to do so safely and comfortably. To achieve this, we will not only need an instrument with optimal performance, but also skill and knowledge in its use. You can find in our store a variety of ham holders and utensils with different prices and features.

These are the different areas that we will consider when choosing a ham holder:

  • Material
  • Base
  • Subjection
  • Transport
  • Price
  • Comfort
Why is the ham holder important?

What material is?

Our ham holder must obey our needs, in which we all consider its longevity as a positive aspect, whether we use it more or not. At this point we will look for solid wood ham holders, among which we find pine, beech and other woods that are usually treated in wenge color. We can of course find more artificial substitutes, such as silestone, which breaks with the traditional aesthetics of ham, but in its antibacterial properties some find their advantage.

As for the metal in the fastening, we will always look for stainless steel. The degradation of the skewer, either due to rust or another type of deterioration, which is induced in the countermass or the chin, can ruin part of our ham.

At Degusta Teruel we recommend you clean the support with the change of each piece, in the event that we keep the ham in the support. Taking care of the support can prevent the deterioration of wood and metal, and the appearance of mold and harmful bacteria that can damage our ham.

Ham transport

The support is an instrument that cannot always have a fixed space, due to its dimensions and its single-task use. Moving it can be an arduous process and even more so if we add the weight of a ham. It can even be dangerous if any of the spikes is exposed, at this point a shorter support maintains the balance point easier to handle when we get to move it.

Although the ham is often kept on the support until it is consumed, since there is a majority public that reserves a large part of the consumption of ham for the Christmas months, but for those who only combine both elements at the time of cutting, a folding arm stand would be the best option.

Holding and fixing

In this area we can find different supports with variety in terms of fixing the leg. There is a single vertical skewer, but we also find 3, and with adjustable skewers on the sides. There are them with extendable arms and V-sliders. There are also fixings like turnstile between woods. With the more elements we have to keep the ham stable, the easier it will be to handle the ham in the different positions. We will look for a series of minimum features that are a superior wingtip, a vertical spike and an adjustable mast.

Some people prefer to do without skewers because the incision of these allows the entry of air can change the texture and flavor of the meat that surrounds it.

The base must be stable

If we have chosen a ham holder with a quality wood, part of this problem will be solved. The weight of this, added to that of the ham, will help us to remain firm during the cut. Greater weight at this point will mean something positive for us.

Many supports have rubber studs under the base, this will help us to prevent it from sliding easily, and in the end it guarantees a more comfortable and safe cut.

The size of the base will also depend on the type of hams that one intends to consume. In a bar or restaurant, where the circulation is more continuous and greater in good Iberian hams of greater dimensions and weights, a longer table is recommended. For a family's personal consumption, a smaller shoulder or hams, a smaller base would be sufficient. The preference of the cutter must also be taken into account, since the length of the table will change the inclination of the leg. Professionals tend to prefer a greater inclination towards the horizontal and therefore a long board.

Why is the ham holder important?

How much should I spend?

We will find at this point a whole hierarchy of prices for all types of budgets. However, the ham holder is one of those products that in the market responds to quality at price. We can see here that from 30 euros we get a very valid product. With a lower price it is likely that we will not get the benefits that we have mentioned in other points.

There are prices that skyrocket higher that begin to obey the value of the design and not so much the quality. At Degusta Teruel we consider that an investment in a good support guarantees us greater productivity and profit in our hams.

Comfort is the main thing

Last and most important, is the comfort of the user. This is where the greatest weight of the decision should reside. The cut depends a lot on how the ham is handled. Accidents are not uncommon, as to consider cutting ham a task to be carried out with zeal and care, due to its possible risks.

Then we will choose a support that allows us to make cuts in the greatest number of angles safely; The one that lets us fix the ham in different directions is firmly; And finally, we will choose the one that, once the rest of the areas have been assessed, best suits our aesthetic taste, for the type of kitchen, bar or restaurant to which it will be destined.

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