Free Range (Raised in open pasture for the majority of their lives), Fully Cooked (medium rare), Heat & Serve. Ingredients: Lamb, Garlic, Soybean Oil, Sea Salt, Thyme, Black Pepper, Rosemary, Bay Leaf. … see full wiki
I am not a big meat eater. When I do eat meat however I prefer organic and free range. Even better if it is from a local farm. You would know why if you watched Food Inc. or read The Omnivore's Dilemma. This Trader Joe's Seasoned Rack of Lamb happened upon my kitchen table compliments of my mother. She knows I like things natural and I am slowly converting her to healthier food as well. Though this is not certified organic meat, it is supposedly free range and without antibiotics/hormones.
Preparation: It says that it is fully cooked, just heat and serve. Well, fully cooked if you like things bloody rare! I had to double the time stated in the directions for it to roast to my desired well done state. I used the toaster oven and covered it with foil, it took all of 60-70 minutes. All in all it is pretty easy, great for nights when you have time to cook but don't feel like hunching over the stove. You could also make a fancier side dish while the lamb is roasting. I had it with rice but I think it would go great with mashed potatoes. I certainly see it paired with a fresh salad for a healthier dinner. The photo shows my well done piece. You can take a look at the wiki photos if you want to see more detailed preparation directions.
Taste: I am very particular about seasoning and I feel that the thyme and rosemary is quite overpowering in the marinade they used. The smell is very strong and so is the flavor. If you don't like rosemary I would stay away from this. Aside from seasoning though, it is amazing! So tender, perfect, high quality meat. I cannot even compare it to most lamb I have had at restaurants. It is very succulent and moist if you prepare it right, tightly covered with foil.
Portion & Value: Unfortunately, since I did not buy this I am not quite sure about the price, but it is under $10 a pound*. Not much value there, but you get what you pay for. Though I would expect certified organic in this price range. I usually go for organic chicken at $1.99 per pound, big difference. Needless to say, there will be no left overs and you will not feed this to your dog. This is more well suited for a special dinner for two. Perfect for this Valentine's Day! It will serve 2 to 4 people, not more. It is only 4 chops. The packaging makes it look a lot bigger, I wish they used less packaging for such a small portion. *According to @skazama, it is $9.99 for 14oz, so about $6 per pound!
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