Packaged Food

Costco Is Selling Some of The World’s Most Expensive Ham For A Fraction Of Market Price

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Iberico Ham is one of the most expensive meats you can purchase. Boasting a rich flavor and velvety texture, you can find a single leg of the decadent meat costing more than a $1,000 depending on where you buy it.

Is it worth it for the flavor? Absolutely. Albeit the price can be a little steep, especially if you’re trying to budget for the holidays. Those of you with a Costco card, however, are primed to save more than a pretty penny.

Costco is selling said meat for only a fraction of the price that it would typically cost in Spain.

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Produced in the Valle de los Pedroches, a region in Southern Spain, the ham is from Iberico Breed pigs that are fed a vegetarian diet of acorn and grass and raised free-range — all prime conditions when raising livestock.

At $560, the whole leg is about 40 percent less than what you would find sold directly from Spain or other online retailers. Cuts of the same leg have ranged from upward of $800 to even $1,000 depending on where you decide to purchase it.

For more context, Foodbeast writer Constantine Spyrou was in Spain earlier this year and found whole legs of Jamon Iberico de Bellota for sale at about 969 Euros per leg. In US dollars, that translates to about $1,067.

Costco’s leg coming out to approximately 51% of that price.

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Another leg the lauded world traveler found cost 850 Euros, $935 USD, making it 58% of that price. Even Amazon sells it for about $100 more than Costco.

You can find the leg of Jamon Iberico de Bellota both online and at Costco locations nationwide.

Fast Food What's New

Burger King’s New Breakfast Sandwiches Use French Toast As The Bun

I consider my day off to a fantastic start if I’m able to work in a breakfast in any capacity during the work week. One of my favorite items in the breakfast world is the humble French Toast. Eggs, bread, a hint of cinnamon, and vanilla come together to create an euphoric union of the two items. Unfortunately, it’s something I always viewed as a weekend treat.

At least until Burger King just dropped their new line of breakfast sandwiches.

The burger chain just released a trio of breakfast sandwiches that take the lauded French Toast and uses them as the bun that binds together the core elements of a breakfast sammie. This includes eggs and Slice, and the customers choice between sausage, bacon, or ham.

We grabbed a couple for the office to see if they live up to the hype I built in my head.

“The hint of sweetness from the maple balanced out the savoriness of the cheese and ham really nicely,” said Foodbeast’s Theresa Tran. “French Toast was plush, but not soggy either.”

She also recommends adding hot sauce to the sandwiches to add that extra layer of depth to them.

Customers will be able to find the new French Toast breakfast sandwiches at participating Burger King locations for a limited time.


What You Need To Know About Choosing The Perfect Ham

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Whether you’re planning a Christmas feast or a just an elegant dinner, there are few main courses that make an occasion feel as special as ham does. But preparing the best ham isn’t always so simple. Before you even turn on the oven, there are many options to consider. Shank or butt end? Bone-in, semi-boneless or boneless? And what about spiral cut? It’s enough to make your head spin. Well, worry not! We’re here to give you the scoop on which ham is best for your holiday dinner.

The Basics

Before we get into particulars, let’s sort out what cut of meat a ham is. Ham comes from the rear leg of the pig and is then salted and dried or smoked. A whole ham can weigh 15-20 pounds and can serve up to 30 people. Unless you’re feeding a large crowd (or want a lot of leftovers), chances are you don’t need to purchase an entire ham. Instead, look for the shank or the butt end.

You’ll need about a third- to a half-pound per person for bone-in hams or a quarter- to a third-pound per person for boneless hams. Want tips on how much of everything to make for your next party? We’ve got you covered.

Shank or Butt?

For a traditional Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving ham, go for the shank (leg portion). The shank end sports that classic ham profile, so it’s a good choice for a picture-perfect table. The meat tends to be fattier and it has one long bone, which makes carving easier.

While the shank looks pretty as a picture, the butt end (the top half of the ham) is leaner and offers a little extra meat. However, it does have a T-shaped bone inside that can be tricky to carve around. Don’t worry about that, though, because we have tips on how to carve it perfectly.

Bone-in or Boneless?

If you’re comfortable with the work of carving a ham, choosing bone-in is worth the effort. The bone provides the meat with better flavor and texture. As a bonus, the leftover bone is great for making soups and stews.

A semi-boneless ham (the shank bone is removed, but the leg bone is left in) offers a win-win combination of easier carving without the loss of flavor contributed by the bone.

If convenience is more important to you than presentation and bone-in flavor, boneless ham is always an option. With this type, the bone is removed and the ham is pressed into that familiar oval shape. Boneless ham looks like a solid piece of meat because the added salt breaks down its proteins, causing it to re-form, in a sense. Obviously, this makes for the easiest carving.

Spiral Cut?

If you’re not super confident about carving but consider bone-in flavor a must, try a spiral-cut ham. These are sold already cut into thin slices, which then just need to be carved away from the bone. If you want big chunks of ham, this isn’t the way to go; instead, it provides nice, thin slices (perfect for sandwiches the next day).

It’s worth noting that many spiral-sliced hams come glazed, so they’re not a good choice if you’re following a specific recipe. Be sure to read the label to make sure you’re getting an unglazed ham.

City or Country?

One more consideration before you get cooking: Do you want a city ham or a country ham?

A city ham is what’s generally available at the grocery store. These are usually cured by brining and sold fully cooked. City hams may come with added liquids that can dilute the flavor, so check the label.

Country hams are cured with a dry rub, hung to dry and sold uncooked. They may or may not be smoked and can be very salty. Understandably, they’re much drier than city ham. They are either served in very thin slices or soaked for 24 hours before cooking. The chewy, intensely flavored meat is an acquired taste, but country hams (Virginia hams, for example, are considered country) have a passionate following.

Whatever type of ham you try this holiday season, we’re confident you can pull it off! And if you need more tips, our experts have broken down how to cook a ham step by step.

Article by Cathy Jakicic from Taste of Home.

Celebrity Grub

Jon Favreau Just Shared The Ultimate Cuban Sandwich Recipe With The Internet


You may know actor-slash-director Jon Favreau best for his role in Swingers or more recently as Tony Stark’s assisant Happy in the Iron Man trilogy, but once upon a time Mr. Favreau played a chef. It wasn’t actually that long ago.

In the 2014 film, Chef, Favreau played a big-time chef who loses it all and has to reconnect with his roots. If you seen the movie (spoiler alert) you’ll know that cuban sandwiches play a HUGE role in his character’s story arc.

So for the Super Bowl this past weekend, Favreau decided to post his favorite Cuban sandwich recipe on the Internet for everyone to enjoy.

Here it is.

Cuban sandwiches I made for the Super Bowl. First time I cooked these since Chef was released. Still delicious!

For everyone drooling during the entirely of Chef, you can now enjoy one of the film’s most prominent dishes in the comfort of your own homes.

Fast Food

Arby’s Releases An Entire SLIDERS Menu For Bite-Sized Appetites


Arby’s is making its sandwiches a little smaller for those who can’t commit to normal-sized ones. The fast food chain is now offering five different sliders for patrons to choose from.

Chicken ‘N Cheese Slider features crispy chicken tenders and melted cheese.

The Ham ‘N Cheese Slider boasts thin smoked ham slices and melted cheese.

Similar is the Roast Beef ‘N Cheese Slider swaps the ham for roast beef slices.

The Corned Beef ‘N Cheese Slider has thin slices of corned beef and cheese.

Finally, the Jalapeño Roast Beef Slider which stacks the same as the Roast Beef ‘N Cheese but with the addition of roasted jalapeños.

If they’re anything like the Mighty Minis that Arby’s introduced a few years ago, an order of 2 sliders should cost you a little less than $3.



HAWAIIAN PIZZA DIP Using A Pineapple As A Bowl [WATCH]


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I love Hawaiian Pizza, and I love dip, but I’d never seen them married together — until now.

You know the Hawaiian Pizza format, typically consisting of cheese, tomato sauce, ham and pineapple. You also know the dip format, some sort of less-than-solid substance you can scoop into your mouth using a solid edible object (like a chip, or piece of bread).

After brainstorming with the guys, we decided that a Hawaiian Pizza Dip should not let any part of the pineapple go to waste, so we decided to bake the pizza dip right into the pineapple remains.

Doing this was extremely easy to do, it just required us to cut the pineapple knowing we’d be using it for a bowl later (that means, just cut it down the middle and scoop out the pineapple instead of destroying the shell).

Make sure to keep a close eye on the pineapple in the oven, cooking with the leaves attached could get volatile. Keep the leaves away from the top rack of the oven, you don’t want them catching fire.

Enjoy yourselves players, this is gonna be the prettiest dip you’ve ever enjoyed!

Fast Food

Arby’s Unveils Massive New ‘Loaded Italian Sandwich’


Arby’s is taking inspiration from Italy with its new Loaded Italian Sandwich.

The sandwich features thinly-sliced ham, salami and pepperoni as the meats. It’s also stuffed with banana peppers, shredded lettuce, tomato, red onion, garlic aioli, red wine vinaigrette and melted cheese. The sandwich is served on a toasted Italian style roll.

You can find the Loaded Italian Sandwich at all participating Arby’s locations for a limited time. They’ll usually go for around $4.99 as a sandwich and $6.99 for a combo of curly fries and drink.


Fast Food

Burger King Adds Fully Loaded Crossan’wich To The Menu


Burger King is taking its Croissan’wich and stacking it a little higher these days. The burger chain has released a new breakfast menu item in the form of the Fully Loaded Croissan’wich.

Made with thinly-sliced sweet black forest ham, a sausage patty, thick-cut bacon, eggs and cheese, the ingredients are wedged between a toasted flakey croissant. It seems these “fully-loaded” sandwiches are getting harder and harder to bite into these days. Not that we’re complaining.

The breakfast sandwich will be available at participating Burger King locations. Patrons can find it on the breakfast menu for a limited time.

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