RACK OF HOGGET, from America's oldest and hardest-to-find breeds — 1-2 year-old heritage breed sheep
Rack of Hogget Tunis or Dorset Horn
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100% Heritage Breeds raised on pasture and 100% antibiotic free
Raised by Ben and Grace Machin of Tamarack Sheep Farm in Vermont
Heritage hogget has tremendous marbling resulting in a more tender, exquisite and juicy meat
The rack of hogget, just like rack of lamb, is an extremely elegant cut, ideal as the centerpiece for an intimate dinner party worthy of royalty, or simply a special family dinner. Roast it whole for a show-stopping presentation, or slice between the bones to plate the tasty chops individually. Simple to prepare — as with all of our healthy and delicious Heritage meat, we love just salt and pepper, and for hogget perhaps a little bit of rosemary or thyme to bring the full flavor front and center.
A sheep in its first year is classified as lamb and its meat is also called lamb. In its second year the meat is called hogget, and when the sheep is older than two years, the meat is called mutton. Access to hogget hardly ever happens!
By aging our lamb on the hoof, the meat becomes more tender, lending malty, velvety, and buttery flavors. The fat is exquisite and every bite is intense yet pleasing to the palate. This is one of the most delicious meats we sell!
Our hogget comes from ancient breeds, the Tunis and Dorset Horn, and is raised in Vermont at Tamarack Farm, who usually process younger lamb. But because of the crazy year, they made the decision to hold some of their flock back to age longer.
When heritage breeds are the ingredient, we love adding age to accentuate and intensify the flavors – whether it be cured meat, dry aged steak, or whole lamb spending an extra year on pasture! We hope you love the flavors as much as we do!
The Tunis is earthy with notes of buttermilk. The Dorset is lighter, with a clean, floral finish.
Tunis and Dorset Horn
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 sheep 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.