Prosciutto Festival

Monday, June 27, 2011

This weekend we went to a prosciutto festival.
Yea that's right, a festival focused on ham.
 It was about an hour from Aviano, and the first thing we did when we arrived was take a tour of a family run prosciutto factory. 
We learned about the entire process that occurs in order to make delicious prosciutto.
If I remember correctly it beings by submerging the piece of meat in salt.
Then storing it at a freezing cold temperature. 
 Then the meat hangs out in a ventilated room.
Then I believe the meat is moved to another room.... One that isn't ventilated and has a controlled climate. 
We had a lovely ham scientist that took us on the tour. I believe at this point the ham is checked to make sure it's good. They do this by smell. Apparently I wasn't a very good listener, seeing as I don't remember many details from the tour....
Perhaps I was distracted by all the ham...
When the ham is good, it receives a stamp of approval to prove that it is, indeed, good ham.
The entire process takes a little over a year. I guess that explains why prosciutto isn't cheap. 
At the end of the tour we got to taste the prosciutto and drink some Prosecco. That was probably my favorite part. 
After the lovely tour we went on to explore the festival. There was lots of prosciutto, wine, and beer.
In case anyone forgot what exactly they were eating, these guys were here to remind them.
I guess that should be considered the "before shot?"

The weather was wonderful, and we ate, drank, and had a great time.

Ciao!

5 comments:

  1. We went to this last year, it was great :)

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  2. Poor piggy's! A ton of people got to experience this festival this weekend. I am glad you are out and about enjoying the time in Italy already, your plugged in!

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  3. There is such a thing as a ham scientist? Who knew! (But I love prosciutto.)

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  4. hahahaha 'ham scientist'..... for some reason I think that's really funny :P

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