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Why is Lamb so damn expensive and scarce in Spain?

Old Oct 23rd 2011, 2:26 am
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Well, any ideas?

I just love lamb and had a skinny leg this week but it was 17 quid, why is it so damn expensive? IMO it's the tastiest meat going.
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Old Oct 23rd 2011, 2:52 am
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Its no cheaper in the UK, expect to pay £15 - £20 for a full leg the only saving grace is the quality will be better in the UK. Lamb chops in the major stores work out at @ £1 each.

I buy lamb whole and joint and bone at home and the same with pork. Salt marsh lamb gives a wonderful flavour as does Welsh lamb and both meats freeze well

Don't get me started on the price of corned beef, £1.99 a can pretty much everywhere...lot of South American farmers switching from cattle to bio fuel crops
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John West Corned Beef 1.56€ a can, in Nerja
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Hah no better in UK, but then I do have a friendly farmer, he butchers it the way we Brits like it but then he is Beitish lol and jolly tatsy it is.
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Segovian lamb is delicious. We had it "a la estaca" at our wedding The English people at our wedding said they'd never had such tasty lamb

About 15 euros a kilo seems about right. There was a lot of good lamb in the markets in Barcelona, less choice in Andalucia where pork rules as most of you know
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We go to an English butcher's here for lamb, because he only buys lambs that have been allowed to grow on a bit.

Spanish lamb I find tasteless by comparison.
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We go to an English butcher's here for lamb, because he only buys lambs that have been allowed to grow on a bit.

Spanish lamb I find tasteless by comparison.
Is that Steve, Bill?

Mercadona were doing lovely chops on their fresh meat counter back in the summer but have stopped now. Have bought a frozen shoulder for 9 euros from them. Will let you know how it tastes.
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We had some very tender and tasty lamb chops at a Spanish birthday party in the campo yesterday. They bought them from a wholesaler locally so we are going there tomorrow. He will sell small quantities. However, if one buys a half lamb, he will cut and pack to customer requirements. I'll report back on price.
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Default Re: Why is Lamb so damn expensive and scarce in Spain?

Originally Posted by cricketman
Segovian lamb is delicious. We had it "a la estaca" at our wedding The English people at our wedding said they'd never had such tasty lamb

About 15 euros a kilo seems about right. There was a lot of good lamb in the markets in Barcelona, less choice in Andalucia where pork rules as most of you know
lol I was waiting for a comment along those lines No, English and Welsh, hill or salt marsh is the best lamb in world so get used to the idea.

I pay about £120 for Salt Marsh cheaper for standard Welsh (whole) off a good friend.

I started home smoking fish and making bacon last year and have played with smoking lamb, think I'll try a whole loin next.
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Originally Posted by Chiclanagir
Is that Steve, Bill?

Mercadona were doing lovely chops on their fresh meat counter back in the summer but have stopped now. Have bought a frozen shoulder for 9 euros from them. Will let you know how it tastes.
That's the boy. His steak is to die for. Plus, and this really is a miracle, his cheddar and stilton are ALWAYS excellent.

It's the only place I have found where cheese quality is consistent.
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That's the boy. His steak is to die for. Plus, and this really is a miracle, his cheddar and stilton are ALWAYS excellent.

It's the only place I have found where cheese quality is consistent.
Yummy.
I wouldn´t tend to agree about the steak. I have found it a bit hit and miss. Will give the lamb a go though. Roast pink lamb with roastie potatoes, parsnips, runner beans and onion sauce. Yummy.
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Default Re: Why is Lamb so damn expensive and scarce in Spain?

Originally Posted by cricketman
Segovian lamb is delicious. We had it "a la estaca" at our wedding The English people at our wedding said they'd never had such tasty lamb

About 15 euros a kilo seems about right. There was a lot of good lamb in the markets in Barcelona, less choice in Andalucia where pork rules as most of you know
Lamb from Teruel (if you can get it) is very good as well. I suspect you need the right uplands for the sheep to graze.
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It is claimed lamb from the Granada region is good because of the herbs that they feed on. Don't know if it is on google though! Spanish lamb always seems fairly tasteless to me, very pale and the chops are so small, fatty and scraggy. I also don't like the way the Butchers cut it. Maybe as someone said they are killed too young. I used to buy my lamb from Morrisons in Gib, was only the New Zealand frozen stuff but it tasted good. Here I buy it from the farm shop and it is their own.
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I bought a leg of lamb for dinner yesterday, in the UK (asda) as we are staying with friends at the moment and I wanted to show willing, so to speak , £21.00 so not cheap, but any meat or eggs only tastes as good as the food the animals have been fed while alive, best to buy straight from the farmer were possibble, cheaper too.
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Originally Posted by Chiclanagir
Yummy.
I wouldn´t tend to agree about the steak. I have found it a bit hit and miss. Will give the lamb a go though. Roast pink lamb with roastie potatoes, parsnips, runner beans and onion sauce. Yummy.
Well, so far the steaks from him have been top notch.

Lamb and duck, IMO both should be as pink as poss, or crispy. Anything inbeteween is second rate.
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