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Fresh Lamb

spine64 Mar 25, 2009 04:48 AM

Looking to replicate a couple lamb dishes I recently enjoyed. Purchasing has been hit and miss. Any ideas?

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  1. Googs RE: spine64 Mar 25, 2009 05:34 AM

    You can't do much better than Best Baa.

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      foodyDudey RE: Googs Mar 25, 2009 05:45 AM

      When I clicked on the link, my virus protection popped up and mentioned "Exploit Webattacker" was present. Surf with caution.

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        Tatai RE: Googs Mar 25, 2009 05:45 AM

        I second the recommendation for Best Baa Farms. I've purchased racks of lamb from the Bzikot family (the last rack was purchased on Saturday and grilled on Monday), and they've been consistently flavourful, unbelievably tender, very meaty and fairly lean. I bought some beautiful looking ground lamb the other day, too.

        At this time of year, you can purchase Best Baa products in Toronto at the Saturday St. Lawrence Market.

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          Googs RE: Tatai Mar 25, 2009 05:50 AM

          There are other locations that don't limit shopping to just Saturday morning. The link provided is safe despite foodyDudey's dire warning.

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            mramage RE: Googs Mar 25, 2009 06:03 AM

            I would worry about the warning - Symantec is blocking me from even perusing the site. I buy cheese from them on Saturday so I will mention it to them.

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              Apprentice RE: mramage Mar 25, 2009 06:06 AM

              FYI - CAUTION to those who click on the link above. It can't be coincidence that my anti-virus sofware discovered and quarantined a file called "Bloodhound" two minutes after I clicked on the link below.

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                mramage RE: mramage Mar 28, 2009 10:39 AM

                I spke to them today - they weren't aware of a problem, but haven't actually been on their web site for a while. Hopefully they can get it cleared up.

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                spine64 RE: Googs Mar 25, 2009 06:03 AM

                Sounds great, need some today for a promised barbeque. I am not too far from Cumbrae's on Bayview?

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                  MargieEv RE: spine64 Mar 25, 2009 07:11 AM

                  I recently had excellent lamb from St Jamestown Steak and Chop on Parliament. I am new to them but have been really pleased with everything I have bought..

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            OTFOODIE RE: spine64 Mar 25, 2009 10:33 AM

            I have always had excellent fresh lamb from La Boucherie in the St. Lawrence Market


            Gus, Toula and Spiro are always most friendly and helpful.

            I have also bought good lamb at the Stuart Carroll Meats in York Farmer's Market, but my recollection is that it's a bit more expensive there.

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              spine64 RE: spine64 Mar 25, 2009 12:34 PM

              What a chore, but was ultimately successful. Pusateri's, no, Bruno's, sketchy, just arrived New Zealand at Loblaw's Bayview location.

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                Googs RE: spine64 Mar 25, 2009 04:16 PM

                For the next time, Dufferin Grove Farmers Market (Thursday's) also has Best Baa lamb.

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                  Tatai RE: Googs Mar 25, 2009 04:48 PM

                  But I think they only sell lamb pies and their Ewenity Dairy cheeses at Dufferin Grove, not fresh lamb.

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                    Googs RE: Tatai Mar 26, 2009 05:24 AM

                    Bummer. Just trying to help without infecting anyone's computer. Sheesh.

                    I know I've also seen it at Riverdale Farm Farmers' Market, but that doesn't open until May. Saturday's at the SL Famers Market it is then.

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                childofthestorm RE: spine64 Mar 25, 2009 01:33 PM

                Said it before and will say it again - if you or anyone you know has a Costco membership you've got to try their Australian lamb. WAY better than NZ stuff and superior to a lot of Ontario lamb I've tried too. Great value. Of course you are limited to chops, racks, and boneless leg roasts, so if you're looking for a more obscure cut best to look elsewhere.

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                  redearth RE: childofthestorm Mar 26, 2009 05:56 AM

                  Yeah, I second the vote for Costco lamb - great quality (though the racks could be a little meatier). I made a moroccan lamb/olive tagine a little while ago with the meat from one of their boneless leg roasts, and it was fantastic.

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                    carnivore1964 RE: redearth Mar 26, 2009 06:01 AM

                    Vince Gasparo's Meat Market at Bloor and Ossington has amayzing fresh ontario lamb. Vince the owner is affiliated with certain lamb farms and deal direct with farmers. The dont deal with any middle men. For my money they have the best quality and value as a butcher. Their lamb is incredible. This time of year they even have baby spring ontario lamb.

                    check out their website at www.mybutcher.ca

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                    erly RE: childofthestorm Mar 29, 2009 04:41 AM

                    totally agree with you.
                    Bet Baa Lamb is excellent, but pricey.
                    We really dislike the New Zealand racks, they are not sweet, and sometimes gamy.
                    The Australian Lamb at Costco, is excellent.
                    The racks are always a hit.
                    I cut them into first cut chops in the summer for the B.B.Q. and they are as good or better than the best Canadian Lamb.

                  3. Paulustrious RE: spine64 Mar 29, 2009 06:11 AM

                    Some lamb aficionados may be interested in this...


                    One of the commentators said they found New Zealand lamb too gamey. Well, that's the flavour I want. Much of the Ontario lamb I have had has been bland. I suspect it is a combination of food supplements and early slaughter. I grew up with Welsh lamb which has an even stronger flavour. This may be due to the lambs being born and living their somewhat abbreviated life on mountain-sides, with a wider variety of diet and more of a struggle for existence. I suspect the same hillside existence leads to the depth of flavour in lamb from Yorkshire, Cumberland and Scotland.

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