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Lamb shanks, or what?

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Westfacing Tue 30-Jun-20 13:27:03

AIBU to query these bones and wonder if the ready cooked so-called 'Lamb Shanks' are mechanically-recovered meat (remember that) fashioned around any old bones.

Is anyone here or their DH a butcher and can identify these bones?

As you can see the bones of the two shanks are in three pieces, very unusual, and uniform in size!

Nothing like the big one piece jointed bone you get with a normal lamb shank.

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Sunnydayshereatlast Tue 30-Jun-20 13:28:27

Clicked on looking for a euphemism...
Sorry vegi so absolutely no help whatsoever...

Westfacing Tue 30-Jun-20 13:33:21

Sorry to disappoint! grin

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Weedsnseeds1 Tue 30-Jun-20 13:39:47

Yes, they are lamb bones. They're from the fore shank or front leg, rather than the hind shank, which has one bone.

Westfacing Tue 30-Jun-20 13:45:10

Thank you Weeds but they look nothing like the normal bone from lamb shanks that I've eaten for the past 60 years!

I don't doubt they are lamb, but am just disappointed that they are all uniformly cut into three, which I've never seen before.

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Iminaglasscaseofemotion Tue 30-Jun-20 14:01:16

I'm not sure why they would go to the trouble of taking it of the natural bone and staining it? On to a different bone.

ComtesseDeSpair Tue 30-Jun-20 14:02:26

As Weedsneeds says, lamb fore shanks have those radius and ulna bones (and that looks like a carpal joint as well, which won’t have been cut, the connecting cartilage will have melted away during the intensive factory cooking process) - perhaps previously you’ve only eaten hind shanks, which would make sense as they tend to be larger and meatier and I’d warrant a guess that pre-cooked or ready meal shanks are less likely to be premium cuts.

Destroyedpeople Tue 30-Jun-20 14:03:26

They look like horse legs. .. (unhelpful)

ChaosTrulyReigns Tue 30-Jun-20 14:04:42

They look very small.

Unless you have ginormous kitchen roll?

Westfacing Tue 30-Jun-20 14:09:51

Iminaglasscaseofemotion

I'm not sure why they would go to the trouble of taking it of the natural bone and staining it? On to a different bone.

I'm just suspicious of the three identically-cut bones; normally a lamb shank has that one large jointed thingy.

Why is the bone cut into three?

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Westfacing Tue 30-Jun-20 14:14:00

ChaosTrulyReigns

They look very small.

Unless you have ginormous kitchen roll?

Well yes, I have it's that Blitz roll - the girth of a tree trunk and massive sheets!

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MitziK Tue 30-Jun-20 14:56:16

As others have said, they're the front legs of the animal - the arms, as it were.

No need to be suspicious - it's just that you've had the hindshanks previously and these are the foreshanks.

TheSandgroper Tue 30-Jun-20 15:06:39

That’s how my shanks look. Radius, ulna and knuckle bone.

Weedsnseeds1 Tue 30-Jun-20 15:17:52

The bone isn't cut into three. It's 3 separate bones from the front leg of the animal. A hind shank is bigger and has one bone.

Westfacing Tue 30-Jun-20 17:27:05

I expect Waitrose to use premium hind shank! Never before had foreleg shank, well not to my knowledge.

Anyway, I complained to Ocado!

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Iminaglasscaseofemotion Tue 30-Jun-20 18:28:12

Why? Did they taste different? Were they not good?

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