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In this Lesson you will Learn

  1. What is the difference between lamb and mutton?
  2. What are popular cuts of lamb? What are the leanest cuts of lamb?
  3. Is lamb healthy?
  4. How long can you freeze lamb?

Lamb is a popular meat worldwide. In the US, meat from sheep is called lamb, regardless of the age of animal. In the UK and other English-speaking countries, meat from older sheep is called hogget or mutton. 1 The older the animal, the tougher the meat and the stronger the flavor (which for some people is not desirable!)

Popular cuts of lamb include lamb shoulder, lamb chops (e.g. blade, rib, or loin chops), shanks, leg of lamb, roasts, stew meat, and ground lamb. Like with beef, lean cuts of lamb, though it is red meat, are just as healthy as lean cuts of white meat! So if you're worried about your saturated fat intake, look for lean cuts from the shoulder, loin, and leg. You can also trim the fat from other cuts and drain the fat from ground lamb as you cook it.2 However, whether or not you should limit your saturated fat intake is still up to debate.

Use fresh lamb (especially ground) as soon as possible or freeze raw lamb. You can freeze fresh ground lamb and lamb stew meat for 3-4 months and lamb chops and roasts for 6-9 months.3

Nutrition DNA

The nutrition DNA of lamb. For example, you can see that 100g lamb covers 64% of your daily need of Saturated Fat and 39% of the recommended Vitamin B12 intake. Hover over the bars to see which nutrient is covered.


  1. BBC Food - Lamb
  2. EatingWell - Lamb
  3. Real Simple - How long can you refrigerate or freeze food?


  1. Lamb (American English): meat from sheep regardless of age, Lamb (British English): meat from young sheep, Mutton (British English): meat from older sheep
  2. Mutton is tougher and has a stronger flavor than lamb.
  3. Popular cuts of lamb: shoulder, chops, shanks, leg of lamb, roasts, stew meat, ground
  4. Lean cuts of lamb: shoulder, loin, leg cuts
  5. You can freeze lamb for 3-4 months (ground and stew meat) or 6-9 months (chops and roasts)
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