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how much should each lamb shank weigh?

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I have always used very small lamb shanks for braising. Does anyone know the official weight that you want to stick to for a tender, not too heavy tasting?

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  1. I'll be interested to hear what others have to say. When I buy shanks I tend to buy them on the larger size and have never had a problem with tenderness - I cook mine in the oven 2-3 hours and they have always been fall off the bone tender.

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    1. re: geminigirl

      I did the same yesterday, (usually I buy them small) and the flavor was like more like Pappa got caught in the mix. I am going to be tired of lamb by the end of the week, but I'm going out to buy more today (little ones again) to braise them the same way, and see what the difference is. I typically do them on top of the stove at a slow simmer, Italian style, but I will do one in the oven to see if that makes a difference. fayefood.com

    2. We've found that the hind shanks are a deal larger than the foreshanks. Can't say as we've noticed any flavour difference, but I personally prefer the portion size of the smaller one.

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      1. re: DockPotato

        Do you have a problem ordering them? I have tried ordering the foreshanks over the past couple of days, and it doesn't seem to be easy.