I just got Noel branded Spanish Serrano ham from Costco. Remove ham from the plastic package and noticed that there is a strong smell coming from the ham. It's not terrible but not very pleasant either. It smells kinda like stale oil. I can smell it from 10 feet away. Is this just normal cured ham/Jamon smell? All the guides says it should smell good and has fresh ham smell. I've only had "fresh" wet ham before and those barely has any smell imo.
The ham is covered in fat. On the backside, there is a black patch. It's my first whole ham purchase so I have no idea if this is mold or whether it means anything. I haven't carved it yet since I'm supposed to let it stand for 6 hours first. I've attached some pics of the exterior.
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