For the Love of Lamb
Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Kowalski's is excited to bring back Lava Lake All Natural 100% Grass-Fed Lamb to our Meat Departments for about six weeks starting this season (July-September). The seasonality of this program means the lambs are humanely raised and harvested during the spring and summer growing season, when they can graze as nature intended, and it ensures that Kowalski's customers get the freshest product available.
Lava Lake Lamb comes from family ranches in Idaho, between Sun Valley and Jackson Hole, where animals are cared for 24 hours a day by shepherds with generations of experience and knowledge. These lambs roam over thousands of unfenced acres of high mountain pastures with their mothers, consuming milk and grazing on fragrant wild green grasses, flowers and herbs. Like all of Kowalski's Service Counter choices, the animals are never given growth hormones or antibiotics.
All of the family ranches involved in the Lava Lake program work hard to sustain the land for future generations. With an unwavering commitment to land stewardship practices, Lava Lake and their ranching partners have helped protect millions of acres of rich native landscapes with their conservation efforts. Lava Lake Ranch is an awarded leader in sustainable grazing and has received numerous conservation honors, including the Bureau of Land Management's National Rangeland Stewardship Award, the Sustainable Northwest Award and the U.S. Forest Service's Award for Rangeland Management.
Did You Know?
Lava Lake Lamb comes to Kowalski's from Mountain States Rosen Lamb (MSR), a producer-owned company that also supplies us with 100% vegetarian-fed, source-verified Shepard's Pride 100% Natural Lamb from October through June. MSR adheres to responsible raising practices, land management and conservation and has received the global Safe Quality Food Institute's top-ranked food safety certification.
Cooking with Lamb
Domestic lamb is uniquely flavorful and surprisingly mild culinary experience. For the uninitiated, lamb burgers are a great foray into the world of this lean, tender and delicate meat. One of the great things about lamb burgers, such as our recipe for Greek Lamb Burgers below, is they stand up to more intense cheeses, toppings and heartier buns than traditional beef burgers.
As with beef and poultry, cuts with bones impart flavor. Chops (like the below recipe for Herb Balsamic Lamb Chops) are easy to prepare – just cook them as you would pork chops. Our newest cut of lamb, lamb flank steak, cooks just like beef flank steak and also works great in these recipe for Lamb Flank Steak Gyros and Mediterranean Lamb Salad.
Greek Lamb Burgers
Herb Balsamic Lamb Chops
Mediterranean Lamb Salad
|Lamb Flank Steak Gyros (pictured at top)|
Grilled Leg of Lamb with Shiitake Mushroom Sauce
Recipes for other cuts of lamb are available:
All American Lamb Burgers
Butterflied Leg of American Lamb with Herbs
Citrus-Rosemary Leg of Lamb
Easy Lamb Burgers with Goat Cheese
Lamb Loin Chops with Mango Sauce
Lamb Porterhouse with Salsa Verde
Pan Roasted Meat, Fish or Chicken
Roast Leg of Lamb
Shoulder Chops with Cherry Chipotle Sauce
Summer Slow Cooker Lamb Gyros