How is does the initial exterior inspection of the Iberian ham at home?. Astrophysicist has firm opinions on the matter. In general, these are the steps that you should give to a good exam of the iberico ham you’ve purchased: see what the State in general, smell and color of the piece on the outside. There are also notes if there are traces of having had some fly and other insect, using, if necessary, a hand Magnifier. After washing with cold water and dry thoroughly, put a piece of aluminum foil to cover the hoof, for simple cleaning and aesthetics. This is a pattern of image and gives sense of hygiene. Remove if there are any Cerda, wash the area with cold water and dry with a clean, dry cloth all the jamon iberico de bellota. Observe if there is any hole or outer imperfection, especially in the areas of meat without fat cover. It is recommended to put a bit of melted butter, which is sold in the market or, if you prefer, put in the parts where it will be outdoors in the bone (and have some hole, hollow or defect of the piece) a little paprika. Fill the hole or failure with lard in sufficient quantity or with a slice of bacon fine (think that the skin of the ham, as happens with ours, is the first defensive barrier and must be protected permanently).