My dad asked me to clean out his freezer and I found this cut of beef. It said "rib" on it, but it looks like no rib I've ever seen.

One side The other side

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Is this an ankle? How can I identify which cut it is?

  • I should probably be voted to oblivion here, but this is a leg of lamb Commented Dec 31, 2017 at 20:09
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    If you provide an answer that details how you made that determination, it might still be useful to the next person reading this.
    – njuffa
    Commented Dec 31, 2017 at 20:33

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The photo on the left, specifically the upper left quadrant appears to have a concave shape that would make one think (at first glance) of the short ribs, but the ball joint and size definitely is the give away here. Assuming the dish it rests in is an 9x13 casserole dish you are right that this is probably from a lamb rather than a beef. But the folks at Victorian Farmstead provide a photo that makes it completely clear that we are indeed looking at a "Bone In Leg of Lamb"

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