I got asked on Facebook how many meals are in a lamb?
A tricky question to answer as everyone eats a different amount and it also depends on how you butcher it. I just butchered a whole lamb this afternoon while my little boy slept. I'm only an amateur so please be kind as to my cuts!
Here are the joints and cuts I got from it:
Two legs of lamb. I've kept these whole but sometimes I will split them to make a leg and a chump joint. I'd say this would easily feed 8 people with probably some leftovers.
Chump steaks. There are 6 of these at a good size. These would be a rump steak off a beef animal.
Lamb chops. I love leaving them long like this for cooking on the BBQ. There are 7 on each side so 14 in total. I'd want a few per meal though!
Loin chops. These are always lovely. I'd want a couple of these per meal. When I butcher I get 10 per animal.
Lamb neck fillet. There's two of these per animal and they benefit from long slow cooking, there's a surprising amount of meat from them.
Lamb shank. I'd need both of these at least! And they need cooking low and slow.
Shoulder. I'd normally split this in two to make smaller roasting joints. I have de boned them in the past as well to make them easier to carve.
Breast of lamb. The joint I love to hate. I'm going to trim out the fat and mince these as I much prefer burgers to breast! They do cook nice when you stuff them and cook them slowly.
The bones! Far from a waste produce they make lots of brilliant stock and add goodness and flavour to lots of meals. I'll be making more stock this week.
There's also loads of ways to butcher an animal like this, with many more different cuts for different purposes.
How many meals do you think is in a whole lamb?
What's your favourite cut of lamb?