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Would You Pay $2100 For A Ham?

Yep, you read that title correctly. I didn't forget a decimal point, that does indeed read twenty-one hundred dollars. Or, if you prefer, $160 per pound.

The salt-cured Spanish 2006 Alba Quercus Reserve ham won't be available until 2008, but you can put your $250 deposit on it now. Producer Manuel Maldonado — whose family has been in the business for four generations — has taken the art of ham to the next level by pampering his pigs with a free-range life and high-quality acorn feed. He then cures the meat for two years, instead of the standard one.

Originally Maldonado had hoped to have a batch available for this year's holiday season, however the 2005 ham didn't live up to his standards. Next year he hopes to have 80 to 100 legs available for purchase. If you think the price is too extraordinary, Maldonado would like to remind you that:

"A ham like this can be shared among 20 people, he notes, whereas a bottle of the finest wine going for the same amount goes down quickly among just a few."

It's a really great point, but I still don't know if I could ever justify spending $2100 on a ham leg. However, you know I won't turn down the opportunity to taste such a fine product! Just looking at this picture is making me drool!

How about you? Would you spend this much on a ham?

Source: Yahoo News

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Moody Moody 8 years
No! C'mon $160 per pound? That's crazy. :)
amybdk amybdk 8 years
mmm.. bacon! the delicious food that turned me - a former vegetarian of 14 years - into a pork eater! Can't get enough. So, if I had the cash, I'd try it. But there's no way I would/COULD afford it anytime soon!
lala788 lala788 8 years
no!
Kazagirl Kazagirl 8 years
No way would I spend $2100 on a leg of ham, that is just crazy. Of course it would be a different story if I was super rich but seeing as that most likely will never happen I am perfectly happy buying my holiday ham for under $100.
Hope5 Hope5 8 years
I don't think so!
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Nope, I don't like ham. And ham that's been sitting for two years? :sick:
pinkgirl22 pinkgirl22 8 years
No way I'll just get my ham at the store.
hollybeebo hollybeebo 8 years
I wouldn't even pay attention for a ham.
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 8 years
Ive heard that Spanish ham is some of the best in the world. If i had the money i would definitely splurge on this!
CamillaCat CamillaCat 8 years
Even if I were SUPER rich, I still wouldn't pay that much!
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I love ham but i don't think i could spend that much on it. But if someone else bought it and offered me some i would definately try it.
xmeghanx xmeghanx 8 years
no thats so expensive i don't like ham much
freegracefrom freegracefrom 8 years
No. No. No. No. I don't think I would pay that much for any food (OR drink) item. Much less for ham.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 8 years
Mmmmmmm....I adore ham, if I had $2100 to drop on ham,I would. This looks delish.
Morgaine29 Morgaine29 8 years
No way would I buy this for myself, but I would love to buy it and give it away to all my favorite people.
carito8 carito8 8 years
Yes I will!!!! But I wouln't share it with anyone!!!!;)
valepere valepere 8 years
Oh that is too much money unfortunately... but I'd looove to try it!
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
Well it looks pretty damn amazing. I can definitely appreciate meat prepared like this!
jhuck jhuck 8 years
I don't like ham enough to justify spending that much on it.
laurafox laurafox 8 years
No way!
msdyanelk msdyanelk 8 years
Me no likey ham.
misslarue misslarue 8 years
WTF? no! That's my mortgage payment-sheesh.
lilv lilv 8 years
wow i wish i had the $$ to buy it. but seriously that seems crazy
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I saw that on Yahoo over the weekend and couldn't believe it! I'd try it if SOMEONE ELSE would buy it for me. :) But I'm way too freaking poor.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
YES! If I had the money I totally would. I mean this ham has to taste amazing. In fact now I'm craving some pata negra, good thing I'm off to Spain in two weeks.
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