How to avoid mold in ham

One of the most characteristic foods of Spanish cuisine, and known throughout the world, is ham, either serrano or Iberian acorn. It is a product that, within Spain, has a high degree of consumption and, in fact, in many houses a complete piece of ham is bought in a usual way, instead of buying it in slices, so that the food lasts longer and its characteristics and properties are maintained just until the moment of being consumed.

After buying a complete piece of ham several questions may appear. One of them arises when, after opening the ham, a layer of mold appears on the surface. Many people think it may be broken and do not know what to do in this situation, if it is advisable to throw it away or if it is enough to remove the first layer. In we solve this question and we explain how to avoid mold in ham.

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Why mold comes out in ham

Mold in ham is quite common and can appear in two ways. On many occasions, when we are going to buy one, sometimes there are mold on the surface or crust of ham, on the outer skin. This is absolutely normal and does not mean that the product is damaged. The mold layer arises during the healing stage as a measure to stabilize the fats present in the ham, increasing the chances of its growth if it is in humid places. At the time it is bought and moved home, it can be removed and does not have to arise again.

May also appear mold on the surface of the ham once opened and cut the part of the bark or skin that protects the inner part, which is what we eat. Therefore, if we do not keep it properly in that part of the food we leave in the air, mold can reproduce again.

How to prevent mold from coming out of the ham

On many occasions, when we buy a complete piece of ham we do not keep it properly. This causes its taste and smell to be affected. To prevent it from occurring you can keep it in the most optimal conditions.

First, before opening the piece, choose the suitable place to place the ham. If you want to avoid increasing the chances of any mold appearing when you open it, opt for a dry place. It is very common to make the mistake of placing it near the sink or some faucet in the kitchen, so that it is exposed to a high level of humidity, favoring the appearance of these microorganisms on its surface.

When you open the piece, removing the skin and the fatty part, the dark edible area will be exposed. This area, if we leave it totally uncovered and unprotected, has a tendency to show growth of microorganisms. To protect it and prevent the appearance of mold we recommend that you keep and place part of the fat on top superficial that you have removed when opening it, to cover the meat, since its composition favors that the possibilities of mold appearance decrease. If it is too late for this remedy because you have already discarded this part of the piece, you can replace it with a piece of foil or foil or a cotton cloth. You can also combine the grease with the rag or the film or aluminum foil, so that you further strengthen the protection.

In addition, we recommend that just open the ham on the one hand, without cutting any other until you reach the bone. In this way the surface discovered will be the minimum possible, decreasing the chances of fungal growth.

In this other article we give you more tips on how to preserve the Iberian and Serrano ham.

How to remove mold from ham

But what if these microorganisms come out? What to do if mold comes out in the ham? Very easy. If you have bought a ham and your skin is covered by the mold that we have explained previously and you want to remove it, really, it is very easy to remove it at home. Get a cloth or rag of cotton and print it of any vegetable oil (olive, sunflower, etc.) and clean with it the area that has mold, until it disappears. Do not use water or soap or any other cleaning product. We recommend that, when it is already clean, also remove the first layer of skin, just in case.

In case the mold appears when we have already opened the ham and comes out on the superficial part, that is to say that you find that it appears mold inside the ham, it is appropriate to remove that layer leaving a certain thickness of distance between the moldy layer and the area of ​​the cut, so remove a layer more or less a finger thick, removing all the mold. In theory, if the rest of the piece retains its appearance, smell and taste, it can continue to be consumed without any problem.

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