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Selfridges is inviting customers with discerning palates and deep pockets to cough £1,800 for an authentic jamón ibérico puro originally belonging to an acorn-fed Spanish porker. The exclusive Albarragena ham The Albarragena ham (pictured), selected by expert Manuel Maldonado, hails from Extremadura, where pampered pigs roam …

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IT Angle

Am i reading the Daily Shopper

I traditionally get my pork news elsewhere.

Next thing my porcine periodical will be doing IT news.

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The IT angle?

There is nothing more ITish than a ham sandwich, during a long compilation.

And if you are not interested in ham, beware of SPAM!

Now I need a beer, to wash down my sandwich...

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Paris Hilton

How much?!

No thanks, I'll stick to Tesco Value range :D

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Coat

Pull the other one!

It's got bells on it.

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That's a bargain...

Compared to £4700.00/kilo for saffron in Tesco Online that looks like a decent price!

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That's Cheap

good saffron's twice that price

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It's true

It is amazing value. Amazingly bad.

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Leg pulling

Right tasty it is too, but you'd probably die of heart failure before finishing the leg.

Is there a Reg unit for expensiveness? Probably works out the same as a couple of iPhones on contract for a year.

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Thank goodness for the banking bailout

Otherwise there wouldn't be a supply of gullible morons with huge bonuses to buy a bit of dried up pork.

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IT Angle

1800 quid???!!!?????!

Does it run Crysis?

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Am I the only one....

Who finds the idea of eating three year old meat un-appealing?

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well

3-5 year old duck eggs fetauer in chinese cuisine, you should try them.

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I guess...

... you don't really get "curing" and "preserving", do you? Take everyone else's word for it; it does work. I'm sure the stuff tastes lovely. Why, what were you thinking? People go around paying thousands of pounds for a lump of poisonous rotting meat that tastes like filth?

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/12/14/

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Unhappy

eeew

> fetauer in chinese cuisine,

For a moment I thought you said "foetus".

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its just you

I'm pretty sure you're not the only one but then again most people haven't a clue about where their food comes from or how long it's been cured/aged before they eat it. Ignorance is bliss as they say..

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What's the shelf life?

I mean it has been hung and cured for 3 years, what is the "elf n Safety" use by date going to be on that?

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two legged pigs?

Hang on a sec. On Selfridges website, it says the farmer selected 50 pigs. Here we have 100 hams up for grabs. I make that 2 hams per pig. Last time I looked, which admittedly was a while back, pigs had 4 legs - so what's happened to the rest of them. Did they just lop a couple of legs off each pig, in the hope that it would be able to balance it's way through life on the remaining 2 - or have they learned to walk upright - or what.

The ham-buying public demand to know!

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They only use the back legs

The title says it all

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Jamon Iberico

I've had one-year-old ham made on the same basis - you can buy it in 100 gm slivers as opposed to a whole leg. And it really does have a wonderful taste; like fine wine you get an initial hit and then quite a long and different after-taste. You can buy affordable portions at good Spanish delis.

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Pigs only have 2 legs

Pete 2, im afraid to tell you selfridges are right on this one. Although pigs have 4 feet, they do infact only have 2 legs. The back legs are connected to the ham, with the front arms are connected to the pigs shoulders.

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Happy

bad joke

With a pig that expensive you would not eat it all at once

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Happy

not true...

they also use the front legs but they are considerable smaller and are sold differently....

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Sources

Also at Waitrose. And I agree it's yummy.

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melt-in-the-mouth texture

I always prefer the chewy crusty bits on the outside.

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you don't

You don't get crusty bits on the outside... they are covered in fat and it tends to be soft... and probably slightly mooldy looking...

penguin as the eskimos bury them in the ground for six months before they eat them... or is that seals???

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Penguins...

"penguin as the eskimos bury them in the ground for six months before they eat them..."

Only Antarctic Eskimos.

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Anonymous Coward

This isn't just a rip of it's a selfridges rip off...

I found it for sale online for £360...So...anyone want to buy a jamón ibérico puro for just £1000? save £800...Bargin..

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Anonymous Coward

get the ketchup right

Sounds good. To get the best results you'd need to use proper Heinz ketchup with it and not a cheap supermarket own brand. Branston Pickle might work well with it also.

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Happy

>wrapped in an apron made by one of Spain's most exclusive tailors

"I want fifteen Emperor Lobsters, man. And I want them all wearing little knitted waist-coats... in Prussian Blue."

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To add an IT angle...

Well, my HP ink would cost me £1650 a kilo based on the last purchase and that hasn't even been roaming around in it's own ten hectares and I'm pretty certain it tastes a lot worse.

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@ Pete2 and DNA...

Pete2 = "hams" come from the rear end and all pigs, even (most of ??) those from Norfolk have only 2 legs - read up on "culatello"

this ham also comes from 100% Iberian pigs whch are DNA tested - another way of saying you're buying "incest ham" - look what happened when they kept dog breeds pure - can you imagine what happens the ham... maybe they have those fine 3 rear-legged pigs..

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"culatello"

That'll be meat from the arse-end of the pig, yes?

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Coat

Somewhere in Spain, there are pigs with three legs wandering around...

I mean, there must be. You don't eat a pig as good as that all at once!

Why thank you! Yes, the one with mustard in the pocket, thanks.

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And then I thought pata negra ham is expensive

At 60 EUR/kg it is cheap compared to this 220/kg (and I am being generous about 7kg ham having 6 kg meat).

HANG ON the IT angle is:

Pentium floating point divide error!!

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Tailored

All jamón ibérico comes from pata negra pigs reared on a diet of acorns. The main distinguishing features here are the tailor-made wrapping and the price, which in some people's eyes automatically confers quality.

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Not That Pricey

Those legs are never cheap, the sandwich shop down the road often has them, his cost him £400.

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In that case

In that case, your sandwich shop's legs probably play 'Tesco Value' to the Selfridges 'Tesco Finest' pig legs.

£1,800 isn't expensive after all then, for the pig leg connoisseur, clearly!

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Legs, shmegs....

Can you make a decent bacon sarnie from the prized porcine?

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No pork crackling???

It's much easier to sell expensive stuff to the inebriated after all.

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as long as there are

People starving to death, to me this is an obscene offer.

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Re: obscene

At least these pigs ate acorns, which are inedible by people. Your cheaper porkers will be fed food which could have fed more people. And the pigs are free range too. I'm all for animal welfare (and, sorry to admit I am a vege).

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Obscene...

"People starving to death, to me this is an obscene offer."

Not as obscene as biological food, given how much it costs when compared with normal food.

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Re: Two-legged pigs.

Four legs good, two legs better!

And to anyone who asks if this ham is worth it, I guess the answer is that all ham is equal, but some is more equal than others...

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Blackleg!!!

It used to be nigh on impossible to sell pork from animals fed on acorns because the flesh is a nasty black colour. Acorns are about the cheapest type of pig feed you could get. The only way they could top this leg of ham is to sell one from pigs fed exclusively on rats.

A food connoisseur is just a wallet with a few brain cells attached.

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Happy

I guess

The pigs wished they had taken that left turn at Alburquerque.

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sounds ideal...

will go great with a bit of cathdreral City and a thick sliced hovis!

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Expensive?

Try Fortnum and Mason's Caspian Beluga Caviar at £15,000 for a 1.8kg tin.

Yes, that's fifteen thousand pounds, but you get a lot of caviar for your money...

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"Andrew Cavanna, Selfridges's Fresh Food Buyer, "

Since when is 3 yr old ham fresh?

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Delicious

While in Spain in October I bought some pata negra. It was about 29 euro's for 100 gram and absolutely worth it. Judging by the size of these hams I'd say it'd be around 1800 quid for an entire ham. I just wouldn't buy a whole one...

Paris, because her thin slivers taste great too.

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Umm

I'll stick to bacon.

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