26 votes

Jamon Serrano smells awful

Nope, Jamon Serrano should not smell bad. It can be normal for it to have mold on the very outer surface, which is generally harmless and can just be scrubbed off, but a foul smell means that there is ...
Jolenealaska's user avatar
  • 58.5k
24 votes

Traditionally, is prosciutto never to be cooked?

'Never to be cooked'… nope. Cook it if you need it cooked. Saltimbocca alla Romana I'd think to be traditional enough to refute this easily. Jamie Oliver's recipe. There are a million others, but the ...
Tetsujin's user avatar
  • 29.7k
23 votes

Traditionally, is prosciutto never to be cooked?

The problem with saying the word "traditionally" in regard to Italian cooking is that traditions vary wildly from region to region (and often village to village). The person you were talking ...
LightBender's user avatar
  • 1,897
23 votes

Traditionally, is prosciutto never to be cooked?

I believe I can explain where your friend's belief comes from. There are three main traditional cured pork products used in Italian cuisine: prosciutto, pancetta, and guanciale. Of these, (certified) ...
FuzzyChef's user avatar
  • 64.5k
22 votes

Jamon Serrano smells awful

Microbiologist here. That meat is clearly spoiled, please don't eat it. While you could clean the mold off the outside, the discoloration and smell suggests that other microbes are at work too. Save ...
µBadger's user avatar
  • 320
20 votes
Accepted

Why does processed meat contain preservatives, while canned fish needs not?

These are two different ways to preserve food. The canned salmon was boiled and then sealed into a can while it was still boiling sealed into a can and boiled under a specified combination of time ...
Anonymous's user avatar
  • 316
19 votes

How can I keep large packs of ham fresh longer?

The only sensible way is put them into the freezer: Shortly after purchase, package it into lots that are suitable for eating within a couple of days of thawing. Place packets into a freezer and thaw ...
bob1's user avatar
  • 15k
17 votes

Jamon Serrano smells awful

As others have said, your jamon is almost certainly spoiled.However, I wouldn't throw it out just yet. I assume you bought this jamon recently, or at least close enough to this moment that it hasn't ...
Nzall's user avatar
  • 1,593
12 votes

Why does processed meat contain preservatives, while canned fish needs not?

Canned salmon is sterilized. Sterilization uses heat to render a product safe. Cured hams are preserved with salt, and nitrites in some cases. Some hams are also cooked. Furthermore, some fish is ...
moscafj's user avatar
  • 75k
12 votes

How can I make my Christmas dinner less dry?

In our family tradition there is always a kind of fruit in a main dinner. This can be as simple as a can of mixed tropical fruit, it can be prunes which have been soaking overnight or flash cooked, it ...
Willeke's user avatar
  • 2,102
9 votes
Accepted

Savory Cotton Candy?

After researching this, I think there are a few possibly options you could try (though I haven't personally tried any of them, they seem worth experimenting with). Isomalt Apparently isomalt can be ...
mfox's user avatar
  • 774
9 votes

How can I make my Christmas dinner less dry?

There are possible ways around this, but a lot depends on how much your family are willing to compromise. As you say, the profile of the meal is dry, sweet, salty and hot and changing that balance ...
Greybeard's user avatar
  • 5,936
8 votes
Accepted

Why do people put Coke on their ham?

sugar. With all the effects it has in a marinade. caramel coloring. Well, it colors and caramels. acid. Both the (volatile) carbonation and the phosphoric acid (not that much of it - undiluted ...
rackandboneman's user avatar
8 votes
Accepted

Jamon Serrano smells awful

The green from the picture looks.. strange. I'd expect a brand/tattoo, but not a green spot like that. It should also not be dry and flaky. It has been cured with salt, so that may be what you're ...
cbay's user avatar
  • 108
7 votes

Is there a way to make ham in a casserole less salty?

You need to add bulky things with no salt, so that it'll average out to a saltiness you're okay with. Although cream of mushroom soup sounds like a nice easy way to add some goopiness, it's probably ...
Cascabel's user avatar
  • 58.2k
6 votes

Is there a way to make ham in a casserole less salty?

If you're looking for something with the glue power of a cream soup, without the same salt level, consider making a white sauce (aka. béchamel). It's a cooked mix of butter, flour and milk (possibly ...
Joe's user avatar
  • 80.7k
6 votes

Do modern food stores have a code for "this package of ham was from a bad pig"?

At distribution level products can have varying quality grades and corresponding prices, and stores may purchase both higher and lower grades for sale - though it's common that the packaged-for-retail ...
borkymcfood's user avatar
  • 5,361
5 votes

Why do people put Coke on their ham?

Basically, Coca-Cola is flavored sugar water, and serves to create a sweet glaze on the ham. It's similar to a maple glaze, honey glaze, brown sugar glaze -- but using Coke instead of a "plain" sugar ...
Erica's user avatar
  • 8,363
5 votes

How can I make my Christmas dinner less dry?

Sprouts stand alone This year it is all the same characters but the actors switch places. The breadcrumb casserole now is made with the honey carrots instead of brussels sprouts and that sounds so ...
Willk's user avatar
  • 6,616
4 votes

Why is there liquid in my macaroni salad, potato salad and tuna salad the day after making them?

Syneresis is likely the culprit here: the extraction or expulsion of a liquid from a gel, as when serum drains from a contracting clot of blood. Another example of syneresis is the collection of ...
Wayfaring Stranger's user avatar
4 votes

Jamon Serrano smells awful

Serrano ham has a much "milder" and nuttier taste than regular prosciutto. That is the beauty of the Serrano - made from a heritage breed of a specific type of hog, fed delicious nuts - the ham is ...
Kseniya's user avatar
  • 49
4 votes
Accepted

How do I peel prosciutto from wax paper without it coming off in strips?

I usually use a palette knife (frosting spatula) to separate the slice from the paper by sliding it betwixt the two. It is quick, but does require some care.
wumpus D'00m's user avatar
  • 4,051
4 votes

How can I keep large packs of ham fresh longer?

Freezing is the way to go, but vacuum sealing into packages each of which you can use within a few days might be an efficient use of freezer space. It's not an efficient use of plastic, so I freeze ...
Chris H's user avatar
  • 44.3k
3 votes

Can I use an electric smoker without wood chips as an oven to cook a ham?

I wouldn't recommend it, but that said your ham by definition has already been cured and all you are really doing is heating it. Smokers are optimized for smoking meats at a lower temperature than a ...
Stephen Inoue's user avatar
3 votes

Why do people put Coke on their ham?

A bit of sweetness combined with a savory main meat element and probably some spices is a standard combination in many cuisines. Having many contrasting flavor elements in one dish can be like a ...
Stephie's user avatar
  • 59.9k
3 votes

Different cooking times and different dishes

I don't think theres a good way to do this if you're cooking them fully from the start. Souffles are usually best done just before serving. Plus, your oven needs to have the capacity to do all this. ...
Batman's user avatar
  • 1,967
3 votes

How should I prepare this smoked ham?

Hams are either ready-to-eat or not, thus spoke the USDA. And, by its regulations, a ham that must be cooked has to show cooking and safe handling instructions. Hams that are not ready-to-eat, but ...
Giorgio's user avatar
  • 2,755
3 votes

What's the difference between Prosciutto, Jamon Serrano and Speck?

Disclaimer: This answer doesn't include anything about Speck. There is a great article by Roberta Schira where the differences between Prosciutto di Parma and Jamón Iberico are explained. I'll try to ...
gevra's user avatar
  • 131
3 votes
Accepted

How can I roast/heat all these foods for one meal?

I would attack it in the following manner: put the ham in the preheated oven, center rack gather the ingredients for your pineapple glaze set the table/buffet/beverage areas prep your salad, cover it ...
elbrant's user avatar
  • 1,391
3 votes
Accepted

Sous vide "Jabon de Paris" (Cooked ham)

I don't think you are going to make this shelf-stable, which, in part, comes from the dramatic reduction of water activity in a product. Cooked hams are generally products that must remain ...
moscafj's user avatar
  • 75k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible