While less than one pound of lamb is consumed on average in the U.S. per capita, lamb is a popular food enjoyed worldwide, especially at religious holidays.
Technically, lamb is the meat of sheep less than a year year old. There are two types of lamb – baby lamb and spring lamb, which are both milk fed. Baby lamb is customarily slaughtered at between 6 and 8 weeks old. When a sheep is over 2 years, it’s referred to as mutton which has tougher meat and a stronger flavor than baby or spring lamb.
Selecting and Storing Lamb
First, choose New Zealand lamb. This ensures no hormones have been given. To choose the most tender and delicate flavored lamb, look for lamb with a pale pink flesh. Refrigerate ground and lamb cuts loosely wrapped for up to 3 days. Roasts can be stored up to 5 days.