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how much should each lamb shank weigh?

fayehess Jan 21, 2008 03:43 PM

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?

  1. DockPotato Jan 22, 2008 02:30 PM

    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
      fayehess Jan 22, 2008 02:42 PM

      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.

    2. geminigirl Jan 21, 2008 03:50 PM

      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
        fayehess Jan 22, 2008 06:55 AM

        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

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