New to lamb? Here are some tips about this healthy meat.
1. Lamb is an excellent source of protein, iron and B vitamins, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.
2. Lamb is lean — a leg roast contains less than 185 calories per 90g serving.
3. Fresh lamb is tender and juicy when served slightly pink in the middle. Take care not to overcook. The thin covering of creamy white fat should be left on roasts to seal in juices.
4. Internal temperature of lamb roasts should be 150 degrees F (65 degrees C) for medium and 170 degrees F (75 degrees C) for well done.
5. Fresh lamb can be stored in the coolest part of your refrigerator for up to three days when covered loosely with wax paper.
6. Lamb keeps well in the freezer — up to eight months for roasts, five months for chops and three months for ground lamb and organ meats.
7. Make slits in tops of roasts and insert garlic or mint leaves before roasting.
8. Consider serving red pepper jelly, sweet and sour, souvlaki, teriyaki, cranberry or barbeque sauce instead of the traditional mint sauce with your lamb dishes.
9. Garnish with broiled peach or pear halves, pineapple, tomatoes or mushrooms. Use your imagination.
10. Lamb is excellent with red or white wines.