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Why Cantabrian Anchovies are The Best in the World

Why Cantabrian Anchovies are The Best in the World

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on Jun 19, 2024
Cantabrian Anchovies are renowned for their unique flavor and high quality. Sourced from the Cantabrian Sea and processed by hand, these anchovies offer a rich, non-metallic taste. They are sustainably fished and salted for months, enhancing their unique flavor. Packed in olive oil, Cantabrian Anchovies retain their texture and taste, making them a gourmet favorite.
Discovering the most popular Spanish Dressings: Alioli, Salsa Brava and Mojo Picón

Discovering the most popular Spanish Dressings: Alioli, Salsa Brava and Mojo Picón

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on May 27, 2024
Summer is approaching, and with the good weather come barbecues and gatherings with friends. In Spanish cuisine, we have an abundance of sauces and dressings that will make you the king of summer, a result of the numerous cultures that have occupied the Iberian Peninsula, such as the Romans and the Moors, leaving a unique gastronomic legacy in the world. All of these can be made with simple, healthy ingredients, making them easy to prepare at home. Next, we’ll discuss some of the most common sauces at any event in Spain: salsa brava, mojo picón, and alioli.
Torres Chips: The Most Appreciated Spanish Chips Since 1969

Torres Chips: The Most Appreciated Spanish Chips Since 1969

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on May 23, 2024
Okay, we admit it, we are also big fans of our Torres potato chips. And it’s not just because we sell them, but because they are incredibly good. It's no wonder, as we’ve been making them for over 50 years, selecting the best ingredients and crafting them by hand. The result: possibly the best potato chips in the world (and we’re not exaggerating). Next, you’ll discover all the secrets that make them one of our bestsellers. Spoiler alert: our favorite is the black truffle flavor.
Spain's 6 Most Traditional Sweet Delights

Spain's 6 Most Traditional Sweet Delights

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on May 21, 2024
Nocilla, Paladin a la Taza, El Almendro Turrones, ColaCao, and Chocolate Valor are emblematic sweets from Spain, each with a unique story and appeal. These treats are cherished for their flavors and the joy they bring to special moments. Explore the rich history, nutritional info, customer reviews, and creative recipes for these beloved products. Discover what makes them indispensable in Spanish culture and beyond.
Sherry Vinegar: Production, Types, Uses, and 5 Easy Recipes

Sherry Vinegar: Production, Types, Uses, and 5 Easy Recipes

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on May 20, 2024
Sherry vinegar, or vinagre de Jerez, is a unique and complex ingredient hailing from Cádiz, Spain. Its rich history and distinct production methods make it a staple in many culinary traditions. From the solera aging system to the different grape varieties used, sherry vinegar offers a spectrum of flavors. This article explores its origins, types, and versatile uses in the kitchen, including five easy recipes.
Spanish Olives & Pickles: Benefits and Parigins

Spanish Olives & Pickles: Benefits and Parigins

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on May 18, 2024
Spanish olives offer a taste of culinary heritage. With varieties like Manzanilla and Queen olives, these exquisite snacks are enjoyed worldwide. Explore the unique flavors of olives stuffed with anchovies, along with other Spanish favorites like gherkins and banderillas. These traditional pickles make perfect appetizers for any occasion.
Spanish Chorizo Sausage: What It Is, How It’s Made, and Tasty Recipes

Spanish Chorizo Sausage: What It Is, How It’s Made, and Tasty Recipes

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on May 18, 2024
Spanish chorizo sausage is a staple of Spanish cuisine, known for its rich flavor and vibrant color. Made from pork meat, smoked paprika, and garlic, it comes in various forms including cured and fresh. Whether enjoyed as a tapa, in paella, or simply on its own, Spanish chorizo brings a taste of Spain to any meal. This article covers everything from its history and production to creative ways to cook and enjoy it.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: 10 Surprising Health Benefits

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: 10 Surprising Health Benefits

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on May 17, 2024
Extra virgin olive oil is known for its rich flavor and numerous health benefits. It is made from the purest form of olive oil, extracted using cold pressing methods. This article will explore the essentials of extra virgin olive oil. From understanding its production process to uncovering its nutritional profile, this guide provides a comprehensive look at why extra virgin olive oil is a valuable addition to any diet.
5 Spanish Cheeses You Need to Try

5 Spanish Cheeses You Need to Try

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on May 16, 2024
Spain is known for its rich cheese-making tradition. This article explores five essential Spanish cheeses: Manchego, Cabrales, Tetilla, Idiazabal, and Mahón.
What is Gourmet Food?

What is Gourmet Food?

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on May 12, 2024
What exactly is Gourmet Food? Is it simply a matter of luxurious ingredients and elaborate presentations, or is there something deeper to this culinary appreciation? In this article, we'll explore the fascinating world of gourmet food, unraveling its meaning, distinctive characteristics, and what it truly means to be a lover of haute cuisine.
Olive Oil: The Definitive Guide

Olive Oil: The Definitive Guide

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on May 11, 2024
You've probably heard a lot about the benefits of olive oil, but what exactly is olive oil? How does it differ from other oils? What types of olive oil exist? Find this information and much more in the following article!
What is Jamón Ibérico?

What is Jamón Ibérico?

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on May 11, 2024
Jamón Ibérico is a type of cured ham originating from Spain and highly valued for its flavor, texture, and quality. It is made from the meat of Iberian pigs, a native breed to the Iberian Peninsula. These pigs are known for their ability to accumulate intramuscular fat, giving the ham its characteristic marbling and rich, savory flavor.
What to serve with Gazpacho + Authentic Recipe

What to serve with Gazpacho + Authentic Recipe

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on May 11, 2024
Gazpacho, a refreshing and tasty cold soup made from tomatoes, vegetables, extra virgin olive oil and Sherry vinegar, is a typical Spanish dish enjoyed especially during the summer months. However, it can sometimes be a bit difficult to decide what to serve alongside this traditional dish. Here are some ideas to accompany your gazpacho and make your meal a complete gastronomic experience.
What is Turron?

What is Turron?

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on May 09, 2024
Turron, translated to English as Nougat, a delicacy with roots deeply embedded in Mediterranean culture, is a confectionery marvel cherished for its rich history, diverse varieties, and delightful flavors. Let's embark on a journey to uncover the essence of turron, from its humble beginnings to the latest innovations in taste.
Are Spanish Mackerel good to eat?

Are Spanish Mackerel good to eat?

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on May 08, 2024
Spanish mackerel, a popular fish prized for its delicious flavor and versatility in cooking, has garnered attention from seafood enthusiasts worldwide. But are Spanish mackerel good to eat? Let's delve into the culinary wonders of this beloved fish, exploring its benefits, preferred cooking methods, and the fantastic option of enjoying it preserved. Benefits of Spanish Mackerel Spanish mackerel is not only a delight for the taste buds but also a nutritious addition to any diet. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamins, and minerals, it offers a range of health benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to support heart health, reduce inflammation, and promote brain function, making Spanish mackerel a smart choice for those looking to maintain a balanced diet.Moreover, Spanish mackerel is low in saturated fat and calories, making it a lean protein option suitable for weight-conscious individuals. Its nutrient-rich profile also contributes to overall well-being, providing essential nutrients like vitamin D, vitamin B12, and selenium. Preferred Cooking Methods Spanish mackerel lends itself well to a variety of cooking methods, allowing for culinary creativity in the kitchen. Grilling, baking, broiling, frying, and even smoking are popular ways to prepare this flavorful fish. Grilling Spanish mackerel enhances its natural taste while imparting a smoky char, while baking or broiling preserves its moisture and tenderness. Fried Spanish mackerel offers a crispy exterior with a tender interior, perfect for fish tacos or sandwiches. Canned Mackerel: a fantastic option Eating mackerel in olive oil, preserved in cans, is not only a delicious culinary experience but also offers numerous health benefits. The combination of mackerel's flavorful, oily flesh with the rich, fruity notes of olive oil creates a delectable harmony of flavors. Moreover, preserving mackerel in olive oil helps retain its freshness and nutritional value over time, ensuring that consumers can enjoy the fish's omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and vitamins long after it's been harvested. This convenient and versatile option allows for easy incorporation into various dishes, from salads and sandwiches to pasta and tapas, making mackerel in olive oil a pantry staple for those seeking both flavor and nutrition in their meals. The best Mackerel, caught off the Spanish coasts Mackerel, known as "caballa" in Spanish, is a fish found in temperate and tropical waters around the world, including the coasts of Spain. In Spain, mackerel fishing is particularly common in various coastal areas, both in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Some of the regions where mackerel is caught in Spain include: Atlantic Coast Mackerel is caught along Spain's Atlantic coast, from Galicia in the northwest to Andalusia in the southwest. Ports such as Vigo, A Coruña, Santander, and Cádiz are known to be active in mackerel fishing. Cantabrian Coast The Cantabrian coast, stretching along northern Spain, is also an important area for mackerel fishing. Ports like Santander, Gijón, and Bilbao are common departure points for fishing vessels. Mediterranean In the Spanish Mediterranean, mackerel is caught in coastal areas such as Catalonia, Valencia, Murcia, and Eastern Andalusia. Ports like Barcelona, Valencia, and Malaga are known for their fishing activity. In conclusion, Spanish mackerel are indeed good to eat, offering a plethora of health benefits, culinary possibilities, and preservation options. Whether grilled to perfection, smoked to perfection, or pickled for future enjoyment, Spanish mackerel captivates the palate with its delectable flavor and nutritional value, earning its place as a beloved seafood delicacy.
The Asparagus Season Begins!

The Asparagus Season Begins!

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on May 07, 2024
The arrival of asparagus season is a delightful sign that spring is in full swing. This versatile and nutritious vegetable is not only appreciated for its unique flavor but also for its health benefits. In this article, we'll delve into the most common varieties of asparagus, their nutritional benefits, the rich tradition surrounding their cultivation and consumption in Spain, and how they are grown.   Varieties of Asparagus   Green Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) These are the most popular and widely available asparagus. They have a vibrant green color and a slightly bitter taste. They can be cooked in various ways, such as grilling, steaming, or sautéing. White Asparagus Also known as Navarra white asparagus in Spain, they are cultivated by burying the stalks to prevent exposure to sunlight, giving them their characteristic pale white color. They have a mild and delicate flavor, perfect for more refined dishes. Depending on the region and product grading practices, there are some categories based on the thickness: Thin Medium Thick Extra Thick   Purple Asparagus This less common variety has an intense purple hue and a flavor similar to green asparagus but with slightly sweeter undertones. They are a visually stunning addition to any dish.   Purple Asparagus, Green Asparagus and White Asparagus.   Nutritional Benefits of Asparagus Asparagus is an excellent source of essential nutrients for health, including: Fiber: Promotes digestive health and helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Vitamins and Minerals: Rich in vitamin K, folic acid, vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants, which are important for bone health, cellular function, and the immune system. Low in Calories: An ideal choice for those seeking low-calorie but nutrient-dense foods. How Asparagus is Cultivated Asparagus is a perennial plant grown from crowns (roots). They are planted in deep, well-drained furrows, preferably in sandy or loamy soils. Planting depth is crucial for good development; crowns should be placed at least 15-20 cm below the soil surface. During the growing season, asparagus requires regular watering and mulch cover to retain soil moisture and prevent weeds.Harvesting asparagus is done by hand, cutting the shoots when they reach approximately 15-20 cm in height. It's essential not to harvest too close to the crowns to allow the plant to recover and continue producing throughout the season.   Asparagus harvest.   Spain's Asparagus Traditions In Spain, the asparagus season is eagerly awaited, especially by gastronomy enthusiasts. Regions like Navarra are known for their high-quality white asparagus, celebrated with festivals and culinary events.Asparagus is used in a wide variety of traditional Spanish dishes, such as: "tortilla de espárragos" (a version of the classic Spanish omelet with asparagus), "espárragos a la brasa" (grilled asparagus with seasonings), and "crema de espárragos" (a creamy and comforting soup). Grilled Asparagus: Simply grilled asparagus with a drizzle of olive oil and salt. Asparagus with Romesco Sauce: Cooked asparagus served with romesco sauce, a Catalan sauce made from tomatoes, peppers, almonds, and garlic. Scrambled Asparagus: Asparagus chopped into pieces and scrambled with eggs and often other ingredients like mushrooms or shrimp. Gratinéed Asparagus: Baked asparagus covered with béchamel sauce and grated cheese, then broiled until golden and crispy. Asparagus with Jamón Ibérico: Asparagus wrapped in serrano ham and then roasted or grilled. Asparagus Salad: Cooked asparagus served cold in a salad with other ingredients like tomato, hard-boiled egg, and vinaigrette. Asparagus Cream: A creamy and comforting soup. These are just a few examples, but the versatility of asparagus lends itself to use in a variety of traditional and modern Spanish dishes.
The challenging process of bringing Spanish delicacies to the USA

The challenging process of bringing Spanish delicacies to the USA

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on Apr 19, 2024
Bringing authentic Spanish products to every household in the USA is not easy. From the bustling factories of Spain to the eager hands of American customers, the journey is filled with intricacies, regulations, and logistics that must be carefully navigated. At Ibérico Taste, we take pride in curating the finest selection of Spanish delicacies and ensuring they reach our customers in the United States with the utmost care and quality. Here's a glimpse into the complex process behind the scenes. Sourcing and Production in Spain The journey begins in the heart of Spain, where traditional artisans and modern producers alike craft some of the world's most coveted culinary treasures. Whether it's the rich, marbled Jamón Ibérico, the flavorful Chorizo Sausage or the healthy and gourmet Tinned Fish, each product undergoes meticulous production processes to meet the high standards of quality and authenticity. Our team scours the Spanish countryside to source the best of the best, forming partnerships with renowned producers who share our commitment to excellence. Navigating Regulations As Spanish products make their way to the United States, they encounter a labyrinth of regulations and compliance requirements. From FDA approvals to USDA inspections, each item must meet stringent standards to ensure food safety and integrity. For Spanish cured meats like Iberico Ham, which is subject to strict import regulations due to its unique curing process, obtaining the necessary permits and certifications is paramount. Our dedicated compliance team works tirelessly to ensure that every product meets or exceeds regulatory requirements, providing our customers with peace of mind and confidence in their purchases. Ensuring compliance with FDA, USDA, and other regulatory agencies requires meticulous attention to detail and often involves additional fees and administrative expenses. From obtaining import permits to conducting product testing and inspections, each step in the regulatory process adds to the overall cost of bringing Spanish products to the USA. To comply with FDA (Food and Drug Administration) requirements and export food products from Spain to the United States, a factory must meet a series of regulations and quality standards. These requirements include:1. Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Compliance: The factory must strictly adhere to GMP regulations to ensure food safety and quality throughout the production process.2. FDA Registration: The factory must be registered with the FDA as a food establishment to export products to the United States.3. Compliance with Specific Regulations: Depending on the type of food product being produced, the factory must comply with specific regulations established by the FDA for that type of food. For example, meat products must comply with USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) regulations.4. Quality Control and Food Safety: The factory must implement appropriate quality control and food safety systems to ensure that products meet the standards required by the FDA.5. Proper Labeling: Food products must be labeled in accordance with FDA requirements, including accurate information about ingredients, nutritional information, and any necessary warnings or precautions.6. Compliance with Import Requirements: In addition to FDA requirements, the factory must comply with import requirements established by U.S. customs authorities.It is important for the factory to maintain detailed records of all production processes and be willing to undergo regular inspections by the FDA to ensure ongoing compliance with requirements.Logistics and Transportation Once the products are ready for export, the real logistical challenge begins. Coordinating international shipments, navigating customs procedures, and ensuring timely delivery require careful planning and execution. Temperature-sensitive items like Anchovies, Boquerones or other Canned Seafood and Iberian Cold Cuts must be transported under controlled conditions to preserve their freshness and flavor. At Ibérico Taste, we partner with trusted logistics providers who specialize in handling perishable goods, ensuring that our products arrive in pristine condition, ready to delight our customers. The logistical challenges of transporting perishable goods across international borders come with a hefty price tag. Temperature-controlled shipping, customs duties, and freight charges all contribute to the cost of importing Spanish products. Additionally, unforeseen delays or disruptions in transit can result in additional expenses for expedited shipping or storage. Arrival and Distribution in the USA After a journey spanning thousands of miles and crossing oceans, Spanish products finally arrive on American soil. From our warehouse in Doral (FL) across the country, we carefully inventory and inspect each item before they make their way to our customers' homes. Whether it's a bustling metropolis or a quaint suburban town, we strive to bring the taste of Spain to every corner of the United States, spreading joy and culinary delight with each delivery.Ibérico Taste: Connecting Cultures through Food At Ibérico Taste, our mission goes beyond just selling Spanish products – we're passionate about fostering cultural exchange and appreciation through food. By offering an authentic taste of Spain to both Spanish expatriates and American consumers, we aim to bridge the gap between cultures and create shared experiences around the dinner table. Our commitment to quality, authenticity, and customer satisfaction drives everything we do, and we're proud to play a role in promoting the rich culinary heritage of Spain in the United States.In conclusion, the journey of Spanish products from factory to table is a testament to the dedication and passion of everyone involved, from the producers in Spain to the logistics experts and retailers in the USA. By overcoming challenges and embracing opportunities, we're able to bring the best of Spain to American shores, enriching lives and palates along the way. So the next time you savor a slice of Jamón Ibérico or indulge in a tin of seafood, remember the incredible journey it took to reach your plate – and the countless hands that made it possible.
Ibérico Taste Joins the Planet Program

Ibérico Taste Joins the Planet Program

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on Apr 18, 2024
At Ibérico Taste, we're not only passionate about bringing the best of Spanish gastronomy to your table, but we also care deeply about the impact our operations may have on the environment. With the rise of online shopping, we recognize the need to address carbon emissions and contribute to the health of our planet.That's why we've partnered with other committed companies to be part of the Planet program. Through this initiative, we contribute a fixed amount per order to leading sustainability organizations like Mast Reforestation and Grassroots Carbon.Mast Reforestation is dedicated to reforesting deforested areas, working to restore ecosystems and combat climate change. On the other hand, Grassroots Carbon focuses on actions to reduce and eliminate carbon footprints, promoting sustainable practices across industries and .We're proud to be part of this program that goes beyond our commercial operations to positively impact the environment. Every time you place an order at Ibérico Taste, you're not only enjoying our delicious products but also supporting initiatives that make a real difference in the health of our planet.Together, we can make a difference. Join us on this journey toward a more sustainable future.Thank you for being part of our Ibérico Taste community and for helping us care for our home!
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Choosing the Right Paella Pan: Enameled vs Polished vs Stainless Steel

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on Apr 10, 2024
When it comes to preparing authentic Spanish paella, selecting the right paella pan is key to achieving the perfect dish. Among the various options available, enameled steel, polished steel, and stainless steel pans are some of the most popular choices. Each type offers its own set of advantages and considerations, making the decision a matter of personal preference and cooking style. Let's delve into the differences between these three types of paella pans to help you make an informed choice:   Enameled Steel Paella Pans: Advantages Easy Maintenance: Enameled steel pans feature a non-stick coating that prevents rust and simplifies cleaning, making them ideal for beginners or those seeking low maintenance cookware. Versatility: These pans are suitable for various cooking surfaces, including stovetops, ovens, and grills. Durability: The enamel coating provides added durability and resistance to scratches, ensuring longevity. Considerations Heat Conduction: While enameled steel pans offer good heat distribution, they may not provide the same level of heat conductivity as traditional carbon steel pans, potentially impacting the formation of socarrat—the crispy rice layer at the bottom of the paella. Limited Authenticity: Some purists argue that enameled steel pans lack the traditional charm and authenticity of carbon steel pans.     Polished Steel Paella Pans:   Advantages: Traditional Appeal: Polished steel pans are reminiscent of the traditional paella cookware used in Spain for generations, adding an authentic touch to your culinary endeavors. Excellent Heat Conduction: These pans boast excellent heat conduction properties, facilitating the development of socarrat and ensuring uniform cooking. Affordability: Polished steel pans are often more budget-friendly than other options, making them accessible to a wide range of home cooks. Considerations: Maintenance: Polished steel pans require seasoning and proper care to prevent rust, which may deter some users seeking low-maintenance cookware. Weight: While not as heavy as cast iron, polished steel pans may be heavier than enameled steel or stainless steel options, requiring additional effort to maneuver.   Stainless Steel Paella Pans: Advantages: Durability: Stainless steel pans are highly durable, resistant to corrosion, and less prone to scratching, ensuring long-lasting performance. Easy Cleaning: These pans are dishwasher-safe and require minimal maintenance, making cleanup a breeze. Modern Aesthetic: Stainless steel pans offer a sleek and contemporary appearance that complements modern kitchen aesthetics. Considerations Heat Retention: While stainless steel pans provide even heat distribution, they may not retain heat as effectively as other materials, potentially affecting the formation of socarrat. Price: Stainless steel pans tend to be more expensive than enameled steel or polished steel options, which may influence budget-conscious consumers.     Conclusion: Ultimately, the choice between enameled steel, polished steel, and stainless steel paella pans depends on your cooking preferences, level of maintenance desired, and budget considerations. Whether you prioritize easy cleaning, traditional charm, or durability, each type of pan offers unique benefits that can enhance your paella cooking experience. Consider your individual needs and culinary goals to select the perfect paella pan for your kitchen arsenal.
The Ultimate Guide to Spanish Delicacies: What to Try First

The Ultimate Guide to Spanish Delicacies: What to Try First

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on Apr 04, 2024
Introduction to Spanish Delicacies Spanish cuisine is renowned for its diverse and flavorful dishes. From paella to tapas, Spanish delicacies offer a delectable mix of ingredients and flavors that showcase the country's rich culinary heritage.