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The Difference Between Lamb and Mutton

Earlier, we wrote about the difference between veal and beef. But there are 2 more types of meat that are frequently confused, even though they are different in terms of taste and nutritional value.

5-Minute Crafts is going to tell you about the difference between lamb and mutton.


Lamb is the meat of a young sheep, usually aged between 4 and 12 months. Because the animal is young, the meat has very little fat and thick muscles, so it’s very soft and tender with a mild herbal flavor. The color varies from tender pink to pale red.

Lamb is a popular premium class meat. Common cuts of lamb include lamb chops, lamb shoulder, lamb loin, lamb shank, leg of lamb, rack of lamb, and ground lamb. The meat is usually fried, stewed, baked, or grilled.


Mutton is the meat of an adult sheep aged from 1 to 3 years old. The animal is older, so the meat is deep red and contains more fat and muscles. It makes the texture thicker and harder, and the taste is brighter. It’s close to venison, or wild boar.

Mutton is an ingredient often used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines. It’s also used to make curry, grilled meat, and stews.

Stewing is the most popular way of cooking mutton. It makes the meat more tender and uncovers its strong taste. Mutton is often cooked in slow cookers, slow-roasters, and meat smokers.

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