Is raw ground lamb meat "stickier" than ground beef? I just bought quite a bit and have never bought it before so I'm really not sure if it's spoiled or not. It smells ok, just very sticky.
asked byMatt_24 (40)
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on January 27, 2012
at 05:38 AM
I eat it on a regular basis, I've never noticed it being stickier but it definetly smells if it goes bad.
on February 03, 2012
at 07:18 PM
This sounds completely normal.
Ground lamb tends to be fattier than ground beef (where you'd see 95/5 even!). Also, the melting point of lamb fat is higher than that of beef. I'm not sure if this scales linearly down to room-temp or human-hand-temp, where it may explain "sticky v. not-sticky."
When handling the lamb, say when making meatballs, my hands will get more readily coated with thick lamb fat. I do not find this is the case when using beef (even fatty ground beef). My guess is that this is what you are experiencing.