LAMB SHANKS, our favorite braising cut from 100% Heritage breeds — Two shanks, 4-5lb total
Lamb Shanks 4-5lb total Dorset Horn or Tunis
100% Heritage Breeds raised on pasture and 100% antibiotic free
Raised by Ben and Grace Machin Tamarack Sheep Farm, Vermont and David Newman of Newman Farm in the Ozarks
Heritage lamb has tremendous marbling resulting in a more tender, exquisite and juicy meat
The shanks are an especially earthy cut, and incredibly delectable when roasted low and slow, or braised until the meat falls off the bone — and of course the bone itself provides a gorgeous depth of flavor and silkiness to soups and stews. We think the shanks are some of the most underrated cuts in the butcher’s case, and make for some of the most comforting and tasty meals imaginable.
100% Heritage breed lamb is a marvelous gastronomic pleasure and much milder and more pleasant to the palate than regularly available lamb. Our Tunis, Dorset Horn and Navajo-Churro lamb first arrived to Corinth, Vermont in the 1920s thanks to Ben Machin’s grandfather. Ben and Grace now raise the flock on the beautiful pastures of Tamarack Sheep Farm. Our California Red lamb is the newest livestock on Newman Farm which is renowned the world over for its Berkshire pig genetics.
We bring in whole lamb nose-to-tail six times a year. Lamb is seasonal meat so we bring it in when its ready in the Spring and Fall. All our lamb is raised on lush pastures by farmers we have worked with for over a decade.
The Tunis is earthy with notes of buttermilk. The Dorset is lighter, with a clean, floral finish. The California Redhas rich flavor, great marbling, and tenderness characteristics that make for an excellent lamb eating experience. The Navajo-Churro lamb is remarkably tender — even the braising cuts can be grilled.
Tunis, Dorset Horn, Navajo-Churro, and California Red Breeds of Lamb
Tunis: Originally from Tunisia, the breed was brought to the U.S. as a gift to George Washington and raised by the first three Presidents. This is the same lamb as was written about in the Bible, but the modern version has a less fatty tail.
Dorset Horn: A breed of sheep that spread over Dorset, Somerset, Devon, and most of Wales, in the 1750s this is the breed the English with a fine palate would eat for Christmas! Very few farmers still raise this endangered breed.
California Red:California Reds are a cross between theBarbados Blackbelly sheep and the Tunis sheep and areliked by chefs for their size, and large loin eyes. The breed is hearty and grows well on the grassy pastures of the rainforest-like Ozarks. Farmer David Newman is also renowned for raising the best Berkshire pigs in the world.
Navajo-Churro: The first domesticated livestock to ever come onto American soil, the Churro breed was brought here by early Spanish explorers and quickly adopted into the culture of the Navajo Nation in the Southwest. The breed was used for wool and meat but today is considered America’s rarest breed of lamb.