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Old 03-04-2012, 08:02 PM   #41
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Just to add an afterthought: Lamb often has a greasy after taste since many lamb cuts often have additional fat, and the fat has somewhat of a lamby gamey taste. That's one reason my grandfather marinated his lamb in lemon juice. The acid in the citrus cuts the fatty taste.
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Just to add an afterthought: Lamb often has a greasy after taste since many lamb cuts often have additional fat, and the fat has somewhat of a lamby gamey taste. That's one reason my grandfather marinated his lamb in lemon juice. The acid in the citrus cuts the fatty taste.
I have often been served lamb in Greek restaurants, with a wedge or two of lemon.
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I have often been served lamb in Greek restaurants, with a wedge or two of lemon.

That's because Greek cooking uses lemon with, on or in just about everything.
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I've had some bad experiences with lamb in the past with gameyness as well (in fact I had some ground lamb in my freezer that I added to some chili tonight and the flavor was strong even so). However, Wholefoods does carry Icelandic lamb seasonally and it is very mild.
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The strongest tasting lamb I have eaten was in Iceland. It was lamb sausage. It was smokey and yummy.
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Just to add an afterthought: Lamb often has a greasy after taste since many lamb cuts often have additional fat, and the fat has somewhat of a lamby gamey taste. That's one reason my grandfather marinated his lamb in lemon juice. The acid in the citrus cuts the fatty taste.
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We also think lemon juice cuts or makes lamb fat more palatable and find that deglazing a pan in which lamb has been fried can produce a sauce that is not overly sour and lends itself to being mopped up with some crusty bread.
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I like the taste of lamb--I like the taste of venison. I like the taste of wild rice.
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I like the taste of lamb--I like the taste of venison. I like the taste of wild rice.
Yep. Me, too. I don't find anything objectionable whatsoever about the flavor of lamb, goat, or venison. Maybe that's because it's meat that HAS flavor, whereas mass-produced beef, chicken, and pork tends to be bland and flavorless.
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Raw lamb tends to smell a lot worse than the cooked meat smells or tastes. That alone can put off a lot of diners.
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Raw lamb tends to smell a lot worse than the cooked meat smells or tastes. That alone can put off a lot of diners.
Then for God's sake don't serve them raw lamb!

Seriously I have not noticed raw lamb having any stronger lamb aroma than cooked lamb. I wonder if perhaps in some regions that consume less lamb the raw meat may tend to stay on the shelf longer in the store and develop some odors due to time on shelf.
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