If you’re wondering why so many people make a big deal about making sure you purchase all-natural lamb chops instead of mutton chops, you’re not alone. Most people who aren’t in the food or meat industry don’t know the difference between mutton and lamb, and the few who do know the difference, don’t always understand how lamb and mutton can possibly taste different, after all, they’re both sheep.
As meat experts who deal with a great deal of lamb, we can tell you that there’s a huge difference. It’s our experience that whenever someone pulls a face and says claims to hate the way lamb tastes, it’s because they were fed mutton instead of real lamb.
The Biggest Difference
The biggest difference between mutton chops and our Frenched lollipop lamb chops is age. Lamb comes from a sheep who, while well past the cute and fuzzy stage, has not quite reached adulthood. Mutton is not only normally from an animal who is an adult, but is generally a ewe who is no longer a valuable member of the breeder’s flock and has been culled. As a result of her advanced age, the meat is tough, often greasy, and often has a strange flavor.
We have very strict standards when it comes to our meat and we refuse to take any meat that’s from a sheep that’s older than fourteen months. It’s our experience that after this point, the animal is done growing and their meat becomes tougher and doesn’t have the same rich, melt on your tongue flavor of lamb.
Seeing the Difference Between Lamb Chops and Mutton Chops
Because mutton isn’t very popular in the United States, it’s not uncommon for some grocery stores to try to pass it off as lamb. If you hold a package of our lollipop lamb chops next to a package of mutton chops you’ll quickly see the difference. Our lamb chops have only faint lines of marbling throughout the meat and the meat itself ranges in color from a pretty shade of rose pink to a light red. The mutton will be a much bolder shade of red and have thick lines of gristle running through it.
Why Premier Meat Frenched Lollipop Lamb Chops are Superior
You can look far and wide, and you won’t find nicer Frenched lollipop lamb chops than the ones supplied by Meat the Butcher. We spent countless hours working with local shepherds until we find the ones that can supply us with the highest quality, most succulent lamb possible. Each of the shepherds we work with raises meat breeds, has top quality breeding stock, feeds their lambs only high-quality grass and hay, and provides each and every animal on their property with a natural, low stress living environment. Because of their efforts, the meat tastes better and has a more pleasing texture than anything that comes out of a larger, more commercialized operation.
The care we take from selecting our lamb supplier to handling our meat, to creating a way to ship the fresh lamb chops without having to freeze them is why the top chefs in the country turn to us for lamb chops, and we’ve made it possible for you to enjoy the very same chops while in the comfort of your own home.
Get Meat the Butcher Frenched Lollipop Chops Delivered to Your Kitchen
We didn’t create a premier meat subscription service on a whim. We put a great deal of thought into the project. The most challenging part of the process was coming up with a way to ship the lamb chops without freezing them. After a great deal of trial and error, we created packaging that uses gel inserts that keep the lollipop lamb chops refrigerated, but not frozen, for the 48 hours it takes FedEx to deliver the package. The reason we work so hard to avoid freezing the lamb chops is because we don’t wish to do anything that compromises the meats flavor or texture. As soon as you take your first bite, we know you’ll agree that all the work was worthwhile.
As soon as you receive you’re order, the lamb chops are ready to be prepared for dinner.
Please, feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our Frenched lollipop lamb chops or our premier meat subscription service. We’re looking forward to talking to you!