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Costco lamb chops

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Created September 06, 2010 at 11:04 PM

Costco (USA) sells a rack of Australian lamb chops. They're quite tasty and not too expensive. Anyone know if this source is pastured? Is pastured (weaned I suppose) lamb as omega-3 balanced as grassfed beef?

I love the latter, but I'm tiring of it. Pork and poultry appear to have unfavorable O3/O6 ratios so I don't eat much of them and lamb seems like a good alternative. Also, plenty of fat!

The argument of importing lamb from the other side of the planet will have to wait. I think it's absurd.

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on September 26, 2011
at 09:02 PM

You could argue that the fact that if the lamb from cost-co is grass-fed / free range, buying it would be supporting grass-fed / free range buying by large retailers. The problem would be how do we let them know we are buying it for that reason?

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on September 07, 2010
at 01:08 PM

Australian lamb is not factory farmed. It's generally free-range and grass-fed. The main thing I would worry about it antibiotic use and general low-quality.

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on September 07, 2010
at 05:36 AM

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20070404/news_lz1f04lamb.html "According to Winters (Costco vp of meat operations), all the lamb sold in Costco stores around the world is free-range and grass-fed... "

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on September 07, 2010
at 02:21 AM

Oh yeah, we did the lamb kebobs camping -- WOW it's really good rare from a campfire... actually basically anything outdoors (cooked by someone else) tastes awesomely GOOD.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 07, 2010
at 01:34 AM

You just buy a whole cow :)

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on September 07, 2010
at 12:55 AM

Look, I'm sorry about the price of Oz lamb, but avoiding it isn't going to change anything. I really don't care about food prices if it's quality stuff but obvs if I can get a rack of chops for $15 vs. $30 then it's an issue. What do you want me to do about it?

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on September 07, 2010
at 12:52 AM

Believe me, Melissa, I've tried. The closest farmers are a significant drive and I'm rarely in town for the farmers markets (travel for work a lot).

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 06, 2010
at 11:58 PM

42, I would venture to say that finding a good farmer might be worth it. Maybe you can start a cowpool?

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on September 06, 2010
at 11:48 PM

Well, I have two choices here: Costco or the egregiously overpriced Whole Foods. While the former has little in the way of paleo offerings, it's a nice surprise when they do. The latte often has grass-fed beef but oh what a price. I order that online most of the time. Not helpful, but if being smug makes you feel better, so be it...

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on September 06, 2010
at 11:46 PM

Yes, a full rack. This time I rubbed in some cajun spice. Sear on each side two minutes on a hot BBQ grill, turn one burner off then slow-roast on the cool side for 10 minutes or so with a quick fat-crisp at the end. Om nom nom...

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on September 06, 2010
at 11:39 PM

Do enlighten us, holy Paleo priest mikewootini, on what it really means to be Paleo/Primal.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 06, 2010
at 11:20 PM

Um, I don't see how it's a failure to embrace paleo. I personally buy lamb from local farmers, but other people have other approaches to paleo and other priorities.

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on September 06, 2010
at 11:19 PM

I am 99% sure they are grass-fed if they from here in Oz. In fact, I am not even sure they'd eat grain. There is nothing like a good lamb chop - if you are cooking them on the BBQ (which is undoubtedly the best way), right at the end of cooking, be sure to turn them on their side, with the strip of fat facing down, until it goes all crispy - yum. That's if they are cut up into single cutlets - if it's a full rack, it's fantastic roasted with garlic, salt and rosemary rubbed into the fat.

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

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on September 06, 2010
at 11:46 PM

Yes, a full rack. This time I rubbed in some cajun spice. Sear on each side two minutes on a hot BBQ grill, turn one burner off then slow-roast on the cool side for 10 minutes or so with a quick fat-crisp at the end. Om nom nom...

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on September 07, 2010
at 05:36 AM

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20070404/news_lz1f04lamb.html "According to Winters (Costco vp of meat operations), all the lamb sold in Costco stores around the world is free-range and grass-fed... "

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on September 08, 2010
at 02:43 AM

I live in a lovely sheep and beef raising area here in Western Australia and I can assure you the meat is grass fed. When talking to my local butcher about this recently he looked at me quizzically and said "of course it's pastured, why would you use grain feed"? There is just so much beautiful green pasture around that it would be foolish to feed anything else. I also have a local farmer who uses Demeter Bio-dynamic methods. link text

But I doubt they export.

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on September 07, 2010
at 12:44 AM

I think you should look locally. Everyone gets so excited when they see oZ meat that is cheap... Well it's cheap for a reason! I grew up on a sheep and cattle farm, all our animals are pasture raised no feed! When my dad first started before I was born he could get 5-7 bucks per hanging weight and 5-20 dollars a pound for the wool, but ever since the USA decided to import lamb/ wool the prices have dropped 1 to 1.69 lbs and 1 a pound for wool... Plus there is transport and operational cost so now no profit for any US farmer.... You need to look at all the facts before you just see a shiny price tag.

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

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on September 07, 2010
at 12:55 AM

Look, I'm sorry about the price of Oz lamb, but avoiding it isn't going to change anything. I really don't care about food prices if it's quality stuff but obvs if I can get a rack of chops for $15 vs. $30 then it's an issue. What do you want me to do about it?

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on September 12, 2010
at 01:40 AM

I'm all for eating locally but it's impractical for me to spend hours driving all over New England to various farmers picking up this and that. The local farmers markets only sell vegetables and fruit and stupid shit like candles and soaps and dried flowers. I live in a small condo and there's no room for a chest freezer, otherwise I'd be all over buying a quarter beef and half a lamb.

I agree that it's absurd to ship halfway around the world, but Costco and ilk are going to do that whether I buy it or not. Besides, if you're unwilling to pay more for products made in USA (or your home country) e.g. clothing rather than made in China, you're part of the problem. I can't even find any clothing made in the US anymore. I would pay more for local food if it wasn't such a pain in the ass to obtain.

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on September 07, 2010
at 09:24 AM

If you want to eat factory farm meat from untraceable sources, that's your perogative. Import far away meats should be the last choice, not the first. Try supporting your local farmers an what's in season. I'm sure there is a farmers market somewhere near you.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 07, 2010
at 01:08 PM

Australian lamb is not factory farmed. It's generally free-range and grass-fed. The main thing I would worry about it antibiotic use and general low-quality.

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on September 07, 2010
at 02:20 AM

Mmmhh... sounds YUMMY this thread!

I love all the lamb at Costco but have yet to try the rack... the roast is excellent -- we shave it thinly and boil lightly in a sukiyaki style broth or Beijing style 'hot pot'.

Also you can cut up the roast into smaller bits for kebabs and season as above mentioned -- sea salt + cumin YUM! Broil the f*ck out of it on 500+degrees for only 10min. DINNER. The kids never complain.

(neither do the adults)

I believe NZ for sure is grassfed/pastured but I am not so certain about the Australian grades.

3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

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on September 07, 2010
at 02:21 AM

Oh yeah, we did the lamb kebobs camping -- WOW it's really good rare from a campfire... actually basically anything outdoors (cooked by someone else) tastes awesomely GOOD.

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9e6d534ecb4afb803f7075d64573d8d8

on September 06, 2010
at 11:18 PM

How about from an economics point of view? Shopping for meat at Costco is failure to embrace what it really means to be 'primal' or 'paleo'. I can't make any sense out of shopping at Costco or Sams club. You might as well order burgers from burger king without the bun.

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on September 07, 2010
at 12:52 AM

Believe me, Melissa, I've tried. The closest farmers are a significant drive and I'm rarely in town for the farmers markets (travel for work a lot).

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 06, 2010
at 11:58 PM

42, I would venture to say that finding a good farmer might be worth it. Maybe you can start a cowpool?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 06, 2010
at 11:39 PM

Do enlighten us, holy Paleo priest mikewootini, on what it really means to be Paleo/Primal.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 06, 2010
at 11:20 PM

Um, I don't see how it's a failure to embrace paleo. I personally buy lamb from local farmers, but other people have other approaches to paleo and other priorities.

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on September 06, 2010
at 11:48 PM

Well, I have two choices here: Costco or the egregiously overpriced Whole Foods. While the former has little in the way of paleo offerings, it's a nice surprise when they do. The latte often has grass-fed beef but oh what a price. I order that online most of the time. Not helpful, but if being smug makes you feel better, so be it...

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 07, 2010
at 01:34 AM

You just buy a whole cow :)

361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

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on September 26, 2011
at 09:02 PM

You could argue that the fact that if the lamb from cost-co is grass-fed / free range, buying it would be supporting grass-fed / free range buying by large retailers. The problem would be how do we let them know we are buying it for that reason?

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