Goat Cuts by Chart
There are no official cuts of goat in the United States, it simply hasn't
been popular enough that any official organization wanted to standardize it,
so meat cutters here informally follow a pattern standardized in Australia,
if they follow anything at all. In the ethnic markets here in Los Angeles,
goat is often given a single price, regardless of cut.
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Goat is often sold in this form here in Los Angeles, cut into random
chunks, cut from any part except the higher value leg. The bone structure
of the chunks can be a little complex making deboning a hassle, but the
price can be fairly low - in 2012 I've bought these for US $1.99/#. The
bones and trimmings make very good soup stock for use in recipes. Meat
yield will be between 34% and 54% depending on how much fat is on the
This cut is the meatiest and least difficult to disassemble for meat, but
there's a bit more complexity and bone than you'd expect from the photo.
The knee is right in the middle of it.
The photo specimen was 7 inches wide at the
cut end, 4 inches high and 9 inches long, weighing 3.2 pounds. Yield was
2 pounds 1 ounce clear meat (64%) and 9 ounces bone, the rest being fat.
This cut includes the split backbone leading to the tail (top right edge
in the photo, half the pelvic bone, and the pelvic end of the leg bone.
It also includes a lump of interior fat (center in photo) and a thick
blanket of fat on the outside (underside in photo). This makes it difficult
to disassemble for clear meat and the yield is relatively low. The photo
specimen weighed 5.8 pounds and yielded 2 pounds 3 ounces of clear meat
(38%) 13-1/2 ounces of bone and the rest was fat.
||Oh darn! The place where I've seen goat balls for sale doesn't have
any today - only sheep balls. Well, when they get some in again I'll
write them up here.
||Goat fat turns solid at a fairly high temperature - I've measured
88°F/31°C on the surface of solid chunks. It has a smoke point
around 370°F/188°C, but in tests frying potaoes I did not
particularly like the favor or frying characteristics.
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