All Things Lamb - Everything You Need to Know Before Eating Lamb
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All Things Lamb - Everything You Need to Know Before Eating Lamb

Posted on August 06, 2020

We Love Lamb

Lamb is sometimes reserved as a special treat for holidays or occasions but it is packed with vital nutrients and so versatile it can be a regular addition to your meal planning helping keep things interesting, delicious and healthy.

Our lamb is 100% grass-fed and raised outdoors on fresh pasture daily. We only raise hair sheep, which are known to produce lean meat and a mild flavor. As with all our animals we never treat them with antibiotics or growth hormones and because we rotationally graze our animals, they are pest-resistant too. This means our lambs are healthier, happier, and always chemical-free. 

Environmental Benefits 

While more than half of the lamb available in conventional stores and sold in the USA is imported from Australia and New Zealand, the other half is driven by small-scale farmers like Grass Roots. Although raising lamb overseas can keep production costs low, local lambs have a much lower carbon footprint and of course when you buy from USA based farms, you keep the money in the US economy.

Lamb are natural foragers, helping to manage the land by eating overgrowth and weeds. This foraging recycles nutrients in the soil without the use of any chemicals. As they move over the land they break up the soil and help spread seeds and allow water and nutrients to permeate, and because they do not have any top front teeth, when they pull on grass and weeds to eat, they do not pull out the roots of the plants, allowing easy regeneration.  All of this works in rotation to build vital topsoil which sequesters carbon and slows climate change.

Health Benefits 

Lamb is very high in iron and when pasture-raised is also an extremely lean option with an average of only 160 calories per 3 ounce serving. It provides all nine essential amino acids your body needs for maintenance and includes a variety of health benefits, including: 

Immune System Strength - Naturally high in zinc, lamb will help boost your immune system by fighting off unwanted bacteria and viruses in the body.

Nerve Health - Lamb is also high in B12 which promotes healthy nerves and blood cells which helps make the genetic material in all cells. 

Focus & Energy - Because lamb is very high in iron, it helps preserve energy, focus, and body temperature regulation.

Metabolic Health - Lamb contains ruminant trans fats, including conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) that reduces body fat mass and has adverse effects on metabolic health. 

Flavor Profile & Preparation 

Our lamb is grass-fed and finished, creating a tender and delicate flavor that makes it an ideal protein base for a variety of dishes. Lamb contains a particular type of fatty acid that beef doesn’t, called the branched-chain fatty acid which gives lamb it’s earthier and gamey taste. Preparation is another important piece to perfecting lamb. Spicing things up in the kitchen with a basic understanding of cuts and cooking methods. 

  • Ground Lamb - great for slow pan-frying, grilling and sautes

  • Lamb Chops - perfect for slow roasting in your favorite marinade

  • Shoulder & Leg Roasts - ready for grilling, frying, broiling or baking

  • Lamb Stew Meat - braised for kabobs or stewed to perfection 

Try something new!

Lamb Recipes - Sis Kofte

Try our favorite Lamb Sausage Puff Pastry and Sis Kofte recipe! 

Sources 

Jodie A. Pennington, “Use of Hair Sheep in Arkansas” University of Arkansas, System Division of Agriculture, https://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/FSA-3126.pdf  Atli Arnarson, Ph.D., “Lamb 101: Nutrition Facts and Health” Healthline, accessed March 26, 2019, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/lam

Ryan Nebeker, “How Sustainable Is Your Holiday Lamb?” Food Print, published April 10, 2020, https://foodprint.org/blog/sustainable-meat-lamb/

William Hahn, “Sheep, Lamb & Mutton - Sector at a Glance” United Stated Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, updated June 24, 2020, https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/animal-products/sheep-lamb-mutton/sector-at-a-glance/

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