Cured Meats

Armorel has selected cured meats from suppliers for their ethics and quality

The curing process preserves food, such as meat, fish and vegetables, by the addition of salt or sugar, for example. Many curing processes also involve smoking or cooking and can be traced back centuries as the primary method of preserving.

Ham is pork from a leg cut that has been preserved by curing, wet or dry. When pork is cured it becomes ham, gammon or bacon. Specially named cured meats, such as Coppa di Parma originate from a traditional recipe in the Province of Parma. It is protected to show the products have come from a certain region, and therefore, adhere to strict processes. Serve this beautiful peppery, marbled meat on a simple charcuterie board with fresh focaccia.

Armorel has selected cured meats from suppliers for their ethics and quality to suit any occasion or recipe. You can create a tasty charcuterie board, whether that’s an Italian board, French, Spanish or mixed and we also have grocery items to accompany these, such as chutneys, cheeses, olives and sundried tomatoes.


Bresaola – air-dried, salted beef originating in Northern Italy, is a deep red colour. It is lean with a sweet smell and typically sliced thinly and eaten on its own, with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar drizzled over. However, Bresoala combines beautifully with other flavours. Why not try it with baby plum tomatoes and a buffalo mozzarella salad drizzled with a mustard dressing? A dry crisp sparkling wine, such as Prosecco pairs lovely with this salty meat.

Guanciale ‘Il Carrobio’

Guanciale is an Italian cured meat – a specialty of central Italy. A strongly flavoured meat seasoned on the surface with salt, pepper, sage, rosemary and garlic. Guanciale adds a distinctive rich flavour to most recipes such as pasta alla Gricia – a really tasty pasta dish with Pecorino cheese. Simply serve with crusty bread for a true bowl of Italy.

These cured meats, including smoked and paprika Pancetta, are all carefully selected for their flavour, quality and supplier ethics. We do stock a number of cured meats and if there is a specific one you would like, please call us before travelling. We can always advise you for your needs, taste and occasion.

Expert pairings

We can even advise you on wine pairings for your charcuterie board, so you find the perfect match. A good pairing can improve the flavour by waking up the taste buds. For example, light and fruity wines are good with Italian cured meats and in particular, Prosecco or a nice crisp Pinot Grigio.

Whetted your appetite for more?

View our salami here.
View our chorizo here.
View our pâtés here
View our hams and cured hams here