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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.

Image courtesy of Constantine Spyrou

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.

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Cravings

‘Zillion Dollar’ Grilled Cheese Comes with Foie Gras, 24K Gold Flaked Wisconsin Cheddar

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We can’t presume to know why the 1% do anything they do. Once the houses and boats and kids’ private preschools and spare Lambos have been paid off, maybe they really don’t have anything better to do with their money than shit gold.

It’d certainly explain this obnoxiously plush grilled cheese sandwich. New at the deca restaurant at The Ritz Carlton Chicago, the ‘Zillion Dollar’ Grilled Cheese actually just costs $100, which is kind of a steal when you consider what goes into the damn thing. Let’s count: thinly sliced Iberico ham made from free-roaming, acorn-eating Spanish pigs. Artisan sourdough bread. 40 year aged, 24K gold flaked Wisconsin cheddar. Hudson Valley foie gras, white truffle aioli, and a sunny-side-up duck egg.

Lest that price tag still make your blue blood a little thin, the ‘wich also comes with a side skillet of lobster macaroni and cheese. Available until the end of April for National Grilled Cheese Month.

H/T + Picthx Consumerist