Prosciutto Toscano DOP

Tuscany

prosciutto toscano

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Traditional cured pork meat, made in the entire regional territory of Tuscany, and made from haunches not less than 11 kg in weight of heavy pigs, that are born, raised and slaughtered in Tuscany, Latium, Marches, Umbria, Emilia Romagna, and Lombardy.

The external part of the prosciutto is mostly covered with skin, amber to dark brown in color. Where the skin has been removed, the head of the femur appears (in the non-boned prosciutto), white-colored fat and red-colored lean meat emerging if it is not fat covered. If it is lard covered the color appears dark-hazel.

Roundish shape with an arch profile that represents the original anatomical part pressed laterally to variable degrees.

Its weight is not less than 7.5 kg at the end of the aging period, which lasts from 10 to 12 months, depending on the size.

The outer part of the prosciutto is mostly covered with skin, amber to dark brown. The head of the femur appears (in the non-boned prosciutto) where the skin was removed, white-colored fat, and red-colored lean meat emerging if it is not fat covered. If it is lard covered, the color appears dark-hazel.

When cut, the meat appears firm and compact, ruby-red colored, with the evidence of the anatomical structures, of the muscular masses more or less dark-red glowing, and the connective tissue with fat infiltrations white-colored.

This product is a DOP product, protected by a European Union. The PDO mark identifies a product, originating from a region and a country, whose qualities and features are mostly or exclusively due to the geographical environment (where environment refers both to natural and to human factors alike). Production, processing, and finishing of the product must take place in the relevant limited area, complying with a clearly defined traditional recipe.

prosciutto toscano

INGREDIENTS

Pork haunches
Salt
Lard
Pepper
Garlic
Vinegar
Ginger
Wheat flour
Spices
Sodium Nitrite (E 251)
Potassium Nitrate (E 252)

PROCESS PHASES

Separate the leg
Refrigerate at 0 – 2 °C for 24 hours
Create an arch shape by trimming
Weigh the leg
Prepare the spice mixture
Press the leg to drain the excess blood
Rub the leg with a mixture of garlic and vinegar
Dry salt covering with salt the leg for 25 – 35 days
Rinse with lukewarm water
Grease with lard, wheat flour, garlic, vinegar, black pepper, and ginger
Age at 12 – 25 °C for 10 – 12 months

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The "real" and best bresaola is produced in Valtellina, an area of about 200 km in the centre of the Alps, in northern Lombardy, between Italy and Switzerland, and it's available here!

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Pork and beef

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Carefully selecting raw materials and stringently monitoring production and curing techniques to generate the highest product quality.

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14.8 pound (6.7 kilogram) - WEIGHT APPROXIMATES
Packaging: Vacuum-sealed Plastic with Cute Yellow Cloth Bag
Aging: 20 months

The habit of salting meat in the County of Carpegna is ancient, testified in the act of 1407. The Count of Urbino Guidantonio ordered that the market should take place in Monte Cerignone and prohibited from selling elsewhere oxen, sheep, castrated sheep, hogs and salted meat. A witness is in an elaborate part of St. Anthony Abbot, preserved in the parish of St. Leo Carpegna, where the saint is represented with a sweet ham to protect the production processes.

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Originally from Modena, contechino holds a special place in the hearts, and stomachs, of most Italians due to the persisting belief that if eaten together with lentils as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, you will be the recipient of good luck for the year to come

Our skillfully made Cotechino di Modena IGP is precooked so that the meat is guaranteed to be tender and sweet

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DOP Parma Italy
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**AGED for 18 MONTHS**
16 pound (7.3 kilogram) - WEIGHT APPROXIMATES

Ingredients: Pork, salt - Boneless

The D.O.P. label guarantees both the origin and precise production process of the ham

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