What to Know: Everything about Lamb

As someone with no history of eating lamb, besides that one Passover meal David cooked for me, when we knew that we wanted to sell lamb, I decided to get researching.  I figured that sheep would be good for the wool, and it's also a meat that isn't super popular but everyone likes to eat it.  So I did some digging on why we should eat lamb. 

Health Benefits

Lamb is a red meat, from a ruminant animal.  Due to this, some are concerned that too much red meat can cause heart disease and cancer.  However, the more recent studies have shown that this popular belief is not true.  

Lamb is not only is it a rich source of high-quality protein, but it is also an outstanding source of many vitamins and minerals, including iron, zinc, and vitamin B12.  Because of this, eating lamb regularly may promote muscle growth, maintenance, and performance. In addition, it helps prevent anemia.

Lamb fat (tallow) also contains a family of trans fats known as ruminant trans fats. However, unlike trans fats found in processed food products, ruminant trans fats are believed to be beneficial for health. Compared to other ruminant meats — such as beef and veal — lamb contains the highest amounts of these beneficial ruminant trans fats. 

How to Cook It

Like our cattle, our lamb was raised primarily on grass, with a few treats of grain.  This means that the lamb has a great, balanced fat content, which allows it to be cooked in a variety of ways while remaining tender and moist. Because of the active lifestyle of our lamb, the meat has a sweet, earthy, and mild flavor.

Just be forewarned that lamb meat has a distinctive flavor that goes well with robust spices and herbs.  One popular cut is our lamb loin chops.  The loin chops are equivalent to our grassfed steak, so feel free to cook them similarly!  Loin chops can be cooked on the grill, pan fried in oil, or baked in the oven. Chops are easy to prepare, cook quickly, and the mild, sweet flavor is a great foundation for accompanying sauces.

Lamb is extremely versatile in the kitchen. Ground lamb and lamb stew meat cook almost the same as ground beef, so substituting lamb for beef in many common recipes is an easy switch. 


Hopefully that helped you become more comfortable with this different type of meat! If you have tried our lamb, what are your thoughts? We always love to hear from our customers!