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Old 05-06-2010, 10:20 AM   #51
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Why can't we buy center cut (?) type lamb chops anymore...you know, the lean chops with a sawed thru round bone towards one end of the chop. Anyways, no supermarket around here sells them anymore. Why I wonder? The lamb chops I see now are small, absolutely riddled with fat, and expensive (the current "chops" must be cut from another part of the lamb). Darn, I miss the other type.
I've no doubt that they'd be more expensive then the puny fat riddled chops I see now, maybe that's why I don't see the kind I used to buy years ago.
What you've described sounds to me like shoulder chops. Have you asked for those? I can't imagine they are not available anywhere. They are the less expensive chops, and aren't really "chops" at all.

Those "small, fatty" chops you described are the choicest chops on the lamb! Fat equals flavor in meat.
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Old 05-07-2010, 01:45 AM   #52
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What you've described sounds to me like shoulder chops. Have you asked for those? I can't imagine they are not available anywhere. They are the less expensive chops, and aren't really "chops" at all.

Those "small, fatty" chops you described are the choicest chops on the lamb! Fat equals flavor in meat.
Thanks. Shoulder chops. (sawed thru round bone toward one end of the chop).
Yes, they don't have much fat in those cuts, but nonetheless, I really enjoyed them.
The thing is...with lamb and national supermarkets, they can't take your request for specific cuts of lamb. They will tell you for lamb..."what we get is what we get", which means
that even a request for a shoulder chop will get you nowhere. Lamb is kind of a specialty meat at major supermarket chains here. No use talking to the supermarket butcher about it.

Around here, mom and pop corner butcher shops that will cut shoulder chops are located in ethnic neighboorhoods. I can't say I am wowed when I visit these type butcher stores.
They aren't exactly pristine establishments as compared to supermarkets, if you know what I mean. Flies. Still, about the only place I'll find shoulder chops now, I suppose.
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Have you tried Whole Foods? I believe they still take requests.

As well, butcher shops are not allowed (by the Health Department of whatever city) to be hangouts for flies and other sundry insects and varmints. If you've found unsanitary conditions in such places, you're correct to notify the health department.
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In addition (although you'll pay a premium for it, not to mention express shipping), quality cuts of lamb can also be ordered online from a number of vendors & producers. I'm thinking this would probably be a last resort due to price, the fact that you can't see the product ahead of time, & how much you love lamb. :)
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Why can't we buy center cut (?) type lamb chops anymore...you know, the lean chops with a sawed thru round bone towards one end of the chop. Anyways, no supermarket around here sells them anymore. Why I wonder? The lamb chops I see now are small, absolutely riddled with fat, and expensive (the current "chops" must be cut from another part of the lamb). Darn, I miss the other type.
I've no doubt that they'd be more expensive then the puny fat riddled chops I see now, maybe that's why I don't see the kind I used to buy years ago.
Center cut rib chops are the first 4 chops from the rack. #5,6 and 7 are called end cut or drop chops.

You can get the lamb loin chops which will look like the little mini t-bones, I dont think I have ever seen those as a center cut.

The only time you will ever care about center cut on lamb is when buying the larger US versions. The reason you dont see them much at all is because no one can sell the end cuts.
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Those loin cut lamb chops (the ones that look like little 2 inch porterhouse steaks), can be found at Costco. I've bought them there for some time, and they always have them. In fact I bought some there today and we had them for dinner. They are "out of this world good"! They were $6.99 per pound and worth every penny.
I just pan fry them on all sides, and finish in the oven for a few minutes to med. rare.
You must have a Costco near you, as they are all over southern California.
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Yet another spot to check out for terrific lamb in all sorts of cuts - farmers markets!

Ours has several (like 4-5) local producers of home-raised free-range poultry, beef, pork, & lamb. The quality is fabulous, they take orders for specific cuts, & it's wonderful to know you're supporting local agriculture.
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I grew up eating lamb and love it to this day. I buy NZ lamb and don't find it too strong tasting. I always season it well with s&p and garlic and other herbs. Tonight we are having ground lamb stuffed peppers. Lots of spices involved. We love it.
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I hadn't realized there was such a difference between New Zealand and American lamb. I was used to NZ lamb, which I love. Not long ago I tried American lamb, and it was very bland. It almost tasted like beef, as was mentioned here earlier, but not quite. If I want beef (which I love), I buy beef. If I buy lamb, I want it to taste like lamb. I will stick to NZ lamb from now on. Unfortunately, it isn't that easy to find around here.

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I hadn't realized there was such a difference between New Zealand and American lamb. I was used to NZ lamb, which I love. Not long ago I tried American lamb, and it was very bland. It almost tasted like beef, as was mentioned here earlier, but not quite. If I want beef (which I love), I buy beef. If I buy lamb, I want it to taste like lamb. I will stick to NZ lamb from now on. Unfortunately, it isn't that easy to find around here.

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All of the lamb at my local Costco comes from Australia or New Zealand.
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