Consumer Choice of Lamb

At The Grocery Store

When making your choice of lamb meat at the grocery store, there are several things to look for. First and foremost is the quality grade. This gives some indication also to the age of the animal. In most stores, this is all you will find, unless of course you go directly to a producer or a local butcher.

At Home

Once you get your meat at home, storage becomes the next step. Just how exactly do you store lamb meat to keep it from going bad? That of course depends on where you are going to store it. In the refrigerator, your storage time will vary from 1 to 5 days depending on the cut, the larger cuts lasting longer. When storing in the freezer, the time varies as well. The range here is from 3 to 9 months. By referring to the chart below, you will find approximate times for several lamb cuts.

Refrigerator

 

Freezer

Roasts

3-5 days

 

Lamb

6-9 months

Steaks, Chops

3 days

 

Ground Lamb

3-4 months

Stew Meats

3 days

 

 

 

Ground Meat

1-2 days

 

 

 

Variety Meats

1-2 days

 

 

 

From Storage to Cooking

When preparing lamb, each individual will prefer a different degree of doneness. For those that enjoy rare meat, you should continue to cook until reaching an internal temperature of 140 degrees F. 160 degrees is considered medium, and 170 degrees is as well done as most individuals prefer. The best way to determine your taste of course is to experiment. So have fun, and find what suits you best. And of course if you don't know where to begin try a few of these recipes. They're wonderful.

Mrs. Getz's Lamb Chops

Lamb Chops (enough to serve all)

Garlic

Zucchini (to your desire)

Roma tomato

Onions (to taste)

Reynolds foil oven bags

Place lamb on bottom of bag and sprinkle with oregano. Slice zucchini, onion and tomato along with the garlic (if desired). Close bag tightly by folding over. Place in oven (preheated to 350 degrees) for one hour. Remove and enjoy.

Hawaiian Style Lamb Ribs

Trimmed lamb ribs

25 lbs

 

 

Marinade:

 

 

 

Soy Sauce

1 pint

Red Pepper

2 tbsp

Hoisin Sauce

8 oz

Pineapple Juice

1 pint

White Vinegar

8 oz

Peanut Oil

4oz

Chinese Rice Wine

2 tbsp

Sugar

6 oz

Honey

8 oz

Red Food Coloring

4 oz

Fresh Garlic

2 oz

Plum Sauce, warmed

2 cans

Mix marinade ingredients and dip ribs into it. Place the ribs then in a deep container with marinade and allow to soak overnight. Roast ribs in over preheated to 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Baste with marinade and increase heat to 425 to 10 minutes until ribs are golden brown. Remove and brush with plum sauce before serving. This of course will impress your friends

These of course are just a couple to try, but experiment with lamb, along with your family and friends, and enjoy a taste you may have never experienced before.

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