If you live in Belgium and you're a lover of Iberian ham, and you want to know where to buy Iberian ham in Belgium, keep reading because you're about to learn a lot about it from the best. You adore ham, the king and most international product of Spanish gastronomy, or maybe you haven't tried it yet and you're curious to know what you're missing out on – well, you're in the best place to find out all about it!
At Enrique Tomás, we make it very easy for you. We explain its types and varieties and how to buy it without having to travel, with the total guarantee of quality and purchase, without having to pay more money for lower quality at a supermarket or specialized store in your area.
Here we go!
Spanish Ham in Belgium
So, if you reside in Belgium and have visited Spain, especially Barcelona for business, vacation, or family, you may have visited one of our stores and tried our Iberian products. We are the specialists in ham, and we want you to not give up on this delicacy due to distance.
Through our customers, your opinions, and questions, we know that you love our ham, and we want you to keep buying it easily, safely, and with the utmost guarantee when you return home to Belgium. You might know a Spanish restaurant in your area of residence or even a gourmet shop where you can find the delicious Iberian ham.
But at what price? What quality? Are you paying more than its quality is worth? Is it the same as what you tried in Spain? Look no further! We deliver it to you wherever you are and tell you all about what, how, and in what way.
Next, we provide you with all the elements to make the decision that best suits your palate and your budget. Above all, one of the things that concerns us the most as specialists in the field is for you to know that the best ham isn't the most expensive, but the one you like the most.
Types and Qualities of Ham
The first thing to understand is that Spanish ham comes in two classes:
Non-Iberian Ham or Gran Reserva
Gran Reserva ham comes from white pigs. The second important thing to know is that white pigs are raised anywhere on the planet. They are raised only on farms and are fed with feed. It's the simplest type of ham and also the cheapest.
Iberian ham comes from the Iberian breed pig whose mother is always of 100% Iberian breed. And it's raised only on the Iberian Peninsula itself. It's the only animal in the world capable of infiltrating fat into the muscle. This characteristic is what makes its ham so special and juicy.
Furthermore, Iberian ham has different qualities and flavors, depending on the diet and the percentage of Iberian breed of the pig, which can be 50%, 75%, or 100%. And of course, prices will be related to the characteristics of the pig, but especially to the curing process. An Iberian ham raised with feed, the pig reared only on the farm and cured in 24 months, cannot have the same cost as an acorn-fed Iberian ham that has been raised in freedom and whose ham has taken more than three years to cure, with the care and patience of an expert.
The different types of Iberian hams are:
Iberian Cebo Ham
This Iberian cebo ham comes from an Iberian pig fed on feed and cereals in a farm. Our cebo Iberian ham is cured for a minimum of 24 months for ham or 18 months for shoulder.
Iberian Bellota Ham
This Iberian bellota ham comes from an Iberian breed pig whose mother is 100% Iberian breed, and it has been fed freely with acorns and wild fruits during the last 4 months of its life, from November to March (See Montanera).
100% Iberian Bellota Ham - Pata Negra
This 100% Iberian bellota ham comes from a purebred Iberian pig, meaning both its father and mother are Iberian. It has also eaten acorns and wild fruits during the last 4 months of its life.
Our Flavors and Formats of Iberian Ham
Just like in any good dish, while the ingredients are very important, the hand of the chef who shapes and flavors them is even more crucial. The same happens when producing ham. The Iberian pig is born the same all over Spain, but each producing region gives it its special touch thanks to various elements: climate, diet, and above all, the manufacturing and curing process implemented by the expert "cook," as we call it at Enrique Tomás. Based on these elements, we will have a classification of flavors, which we detail below.
MildThe mildest and most palatable ham. It's the "all-around" ham because it's so pleasant and elegant that everyone likes it. It's always a safe bet, especially for gifting!
A ham full of nuances and very aromatic both on the nose and on the palate. Perfectly cured for those who are true ham lovers.
The flavorful ham is the most recent of all. Its production is smaller than what's usual in other geographic areas. It's very deep, different. It's like an explosion of flavor that lingers in the mouth and memory.
The most international ham is the intense ham. Its flavor is unmistakable due to its fullness and persistence on the palate. For ham lovers with a demanding and resilient palate.
The whole piece can be a ham (hind leg of the pig) or a shoulder (foreleg of the animal). Available in all flavors and origins.
We have boneless hams from Gran Reserva, Iberian cebo, and Iberian bellota hams.
We have all kinds of sliced ham and shoulder, individually packaged for each origin and type.
We offer packs of hams or shoulders of various types and prices: travel packs, the Experience Book, the Excellence of Ham, and the tasting boxes that combine ham and Iberian cured meats. All of them are great for making delicious gifts!
Our Online Store from Belgium
As serious ham experts, we'll also explain the flavors and varieties to ensure you don't feel deceived and that you know what you're buying. If it's worth the money you're paying for it. If not, think about how easy it is nowadays with online shopping. At Enrique Tomás, we offer you the easiest, quickest, and safest way to buy from your computer or mobile, with the certainty that you're buying a top-quality product. Of course, everything is fully guaranteed, provided by professionals with extensive experience and a recognized reputation who want to ensure that you enjoy eating ham and pay a fair price for the quality you receive.
Guaranteed Product. Enrique Tomás' Total Guarantee
Enrique Tomás offers a total guarantee service. Our pieces undergo a minimum of three checks to ensure you receive your product at its perfect point for consumption. If, even so, your ham isn't what you expected or doesn't turn out well, DON'T worry. Our pieces are fully guaranteed. We'll replace it for you within 10 days from receiving your order at your home.
Packaging and Shipping
If you're worried about shipping, don't be. Everything is properly vacuum-sealed and well packaged to ensure it arrives in perfect condition. Shipping to Belgium will cost you around 15 euros, but it's free if your order is over 150 euros. Moreover, you'll get a guaranteed gift for orders over 100 euros and discount codes for product reviews.
As you may have already noticed, you won't be short of ideas. All our whole hams or sliced ones are a gourmet gift. How many times do you search for something original to give as a gift, especially on special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, and of course, Christmas? Well, give the gift of ham, and you'll be hailed as a king or queen! You'll make the best impression.
At Enrique Tomás, you'll find that packs are the best option for gifting: for a family member, a client, to impress, to pamper... And think about how in Belgium, it's not easy to find something like this with the quality that we offer.
Have you seen the many advantages of buying online from your computer or from our app for buying ham on your mobile? Fast, secure, and straight from the experts in real ham.
If you have more questions, you can contact our experts through the chat on our website or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It couldn't be easier and safer!