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Why is Lamb so damn expensive and scarce in Spain?

Old Oct 23rd 2011, 6:33 am
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Originally Posted by adra04778
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.
I think you're right. I wouldn't even normally try lamb on the Med coast, as I'd think the grazing grounds would be parched much of summer. Yet the lamb my Spanish friend occasionally treats me to is great (although he's from Valencia, his family have a place near Teruel).
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We get our lamb from Iceland and I've got no idea where it comes from, but it's reasonably priced and very tasty. Mercadona's is poor in comparison.
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Originally Posted by HBG
We get our lamb from Iceland and I've got no idea where it comes from, but it's reasonably priced and very tasty. Mercadona's is poor in comparison.
I'd be more than happy with New Zealand lamb, why don't they send it to Spain it's no further than the UK is it?

I've heard that Goat tastes like lamb, I must be honest, some of the skinny legs I have seen on sale here could well be Goat for all I know.

I haven't been in the UK for years so maybe the prices here are comparable now. I am always comparing the prices to what they were when I left, that's a bad habit I have.
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Old Oct 23rd 2011, 8:26 am
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Originally Posted by bil
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.

Absolutely , Spanish kill their lamb very young hence tiny tasteless chops etc
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Default Re: Why is Lamb so damn expensive and scarce in Spain?

Originally Posted by HBG
We get our lamb from Iceland and I've got no idea where it comes from, but it's reasonably priced and very tasty. Mercadona's is poor in comparison.
I've had lamb from Iceland - fresh not frozen and it's really good - much better than Spanish lamb and cut much better - the chops that is.

Morrisons in Gib do really good lamb- racks of trimmed lamb for £15/kg and chump chops to die for.

New Zealand lamb is also good - much of it is now imported to the UK chilled not frozen. I believe the reason it is rarely seen elsewhere in Europe is that the UK has special import rules regarding import duty that allow them to import it "duty free" as it comes from an ex UK colony - negotiated as a special deal when the EEC was set up.

Strangely though I have seen Welsh lamb chops (unfortunately cut Spanish style) in Eroski but no sign of the rest of the animal!
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Old Oct 23rd 2011, 8:43 am
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Originally Posted by Rotor
Absolutely , Spanish kill their lamb very young hence tiny tasteless chops etc
and cut them so damned thin! I understand that they don't want to spend a long time cooking them in hot weather, but oh, the thought of a thick cut, pink lamb chop!
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Wouldn't Lambs liver and onions be nice?

Far better than pork liver, and cows liver, well that's absolutely cr4p.
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Originally Posted by bil
and cut them so damned thin! I understand that they don't want to spend a long time cooking them in hot weather, but oh, the thought of a thick cut, pink lamb chop!
A Spanish butcher told me that they don't like the stronger taste of older animals and slaughter at just a few months.
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Originally Posted by anonimouse
Wouldn't Lambs liver and onions be nice?

Far better than pork liver, and cows liver, well that's absolutely cr4p.
I eat a lot of lambs liver, buy it from Mercadona.

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Old Oct 23rd 2011, 9:01 am
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Default Re: Why is Lamb so damn expensive and scarce in Spain?

Originally Posted by The Oddities
I eat a lot of lambs liver, buy it from Mercadona.

Graham
Our Mercadona used to do it, I have tried ordering, they said not possible.
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Default Re: Why is Lamb so damn expensive and scarce in Spain?

Originally Posted by anonimouse
I'd be more than happy with New Zealand lamb, why don't they send it to Spain it's no further than the UK is it?

I've heard that Goat tastes like lamb, I must be honest, some of the skinny legs I have seen on sale here could well be Goat for all I know.

I haven't been in the UK for years so maybe the prices here are comparable now. I am always comparing the prices to what they were when I left, that's a bad habit I have.
Goat is a bit strong a bit like mutton but stronger, though kid is very nice and tasty.
There's a global shortage of lamb at the moment,the main reason for the high prices.
The numbers of breeding sheep worldwide is also down quite a bit compared to two or three years ago.
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For a change we bought a whole Cordero lechal from our local butcher last christmas for €60.

It was completely tasteless. Never again
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Originally Posted by The Oddities
I eat a lot of lambs liver, buy it from Mercadona.

Graham
Dunno what it is about lambs liver, can't stand it. Pig, chicken, calf, deer, all great.
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Goat is lovely meat, makes beautiful curry
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Default Re: Why is Lamb so damn expensive and scarce in Spain?

Originally Posted by tex_ritter
Goat is lovely meat, makes beautiful curry
I doubt when eating curries or anything with highly spiced strongly flavoured Indian type sauces that you could tell for sure if you were eating cat meat, rat meat or even camel meat.

Used to be a restaurant guy we nicknamed Mr Tandoori, who came along every week to a local gypo,fell of a wagon, type of market every week and bid for and bought for next to nothing any sort of scraggy creature still showng even the faintest sign of life and some underneath that weren't, that nobody else would touch with a barge pole.

One thing for sure you will never find the faintest trace of any form of prime meat in the midst of the various spicy sauces served up in an Indian restaurant.
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