CAUTION, THIS ARTICLE contains some graphic content and might be offensive for vegetarians and some children.
I was talking to my lamb lady on the phone last week about the half lamb she had butchered in my name.
We often think of lamb in spring, but if you have any room in your freezer, it can be a year-round staple.
My half lamb weighs in at 35 pounds of chops, steaks, stew meat, burger, some bones for broth and one leg of lamb for a holiday meal.
It comes out to something less than $5 a pound for local, humanely raised and slaughtered, grass-fed, nutritious and tasty meat.
It’s not the cheapest protein you can buy, but it’s a reasonable price to pay for something that will taste great and strengthen your body.
So, if you are a meat eater, keep your eyes out for getting in on some of our small-scale local ranching.
This legal, safe and delicious sector of our food economy doesn’t show up in the employment statistics, and yet everyone can participate by getting some of the local bounty into your freezer.
At the end of our conversation, my lamb lady said she enjoyed my recipes in the PDN and asked if I would do a recipe using lamb sometime.
I said, “Thanks for the great idea.”
The following recipe is tried and true.
We found it in a book called “Whitewater Cooks” by Shelley Adams.
I bought it at a ski resort outside of Nelson, B.C., many years ago.
Since then, I have made this recipe many, many times.
It is on the frequently requested list at our house.
Now that my kids are getting older, I am not above using a recipe like this to tempt them home for an all-American lamb burger.
Betsy Wharton is a Port Angeles Farmers Market vendor, Washington State University Extension food preservation information assistant and a registered nurse at First Step Family Support Center. More about her pickling enterprise can be found at www.ClallamCanningCompany.com.