Veal / Veau

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cherrypicker

Veal / Veau

I have just returned from France. Why are we unable to buy the same beautiful veal in the UK? In France all the supermarkets sell veau and the quality is superb. The flesh is a beautiful pale pink colour, it cooks in seconds and is so tender to eat. Just occasionally I find veal in local (UK) butchers - it looks awful - a slimy off yellow colour and when I get it home it cooks like shoe leather. And don't give me all that rubbish about how veal is produced. I can visit any veal farm in France and see the young calves been suckled by their mothers. They are free range animals, they do NOT use factory farming methods. Whats the problem with the English and eating veal?

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Liz from Cumbria

Veal

I often wonder where people think all the bull calves go from dairy as opposed to beef herds. If we don't use them for rose veal they're usually exported to be used as either veal elsewhere or probably used for dog food here! Rose veal is reared humanely, certainly not in crates without room to move and unfortunately for them, bull calves are no use for milking!

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jampling

Calves liver

Delia has a superb calves liver recipe on this site. To my memory it involves a balsamic vinegar reduction and it is scrummy!

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Biggles !

Calves liver....

Perhaps to spend just a few moments to familiarise yourself with this magnificent site that Delia has provided, Lemain, and not just get bogged down on the message bords. Just a thought !!

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cuisine/european/italian/calves-liver-with-melted-onions-and-marsala.html

I can recommend this particular recipe, I make it often because it is delicious and not too unhealthy.

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cherrypicker

Veal / Veau

This thread started out as Veal/Veau. How did it end up with calves liver and one not been able to down/upload recipes?

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SonyaK

Veal

Lemain
When you search on the Home page you get Delia's recipes.
If you go to the 'Community' tab (at the top of the page) and search on liver, then forum members' recipes come up. And yes, yours is there at the bottom (hasn't been censored:) ).
Just did it for interest, not because I wanted the recipes!!!

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cherrypicker

Veal / Veau

Clearly someone missed the point. I know you can buy calves liver in the UK. But you cannot buy PROPER veal (veal is not the same as calf anyway)

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Biggles !

Veal

is very common here in France and often a better quality than French beef. That's probably because it is a much younger animal than the milk cow which is too frequently sold as beef in the supermarkets. Easy to tell the difference because the veal is paler than the beef, even with organically reared young cow (calf), afraid I can't be asked to learn what the terminology is for a cow at 2 months, 6 months, 12 months, etc. that has been allowed to graze on grass. Do know the terminology for sheep at varying ages but then I prefer to eat mutton.

Don't you just love the way these threads can change direction :0)

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Red Poppies

Veal

Cherrypicker, I was going to say that you are lucky that you can buy any veal at all, but then again, if it's not good quality, what's the point?
I too am finding it difficult to source any veal here, and I do really love calves liver (Lemain.... ONLY butter please!!! and a lovely crisp fried r&"246;sti to accompany it ;) ) but its' impossible to find. I also miss things such as ostrich and venison, but I know that it's not too popular in this region. What I am also quite surprised is that I cannot find a duck breast!? I dont want to buy a whole duck everytime, and even they are not too common round here.

I have come to make the "wiener schnitzel"
with pork tenderloin, cut on an angle and flattened. I love it, especially with a nice potato salad.

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cherrypicker

Veal / Veau

Sorry for the delay in replying and I'm amazed you can't get veal in CH I would have thought that would be the one place where one could. Anyway tonight is Beaujolais Nouveau and as we havw 28 for dinner I think I ought to get cracking. I will check out M&S too for veal (mother's milk fed - less than 180 days old at slaughter in Auchan). I also have a freezer full of duck breasts having been given 6 young ducks on the wing as a were. I confit-ed the legs. and I will be using both legs and breast in the cassoulet tonight (along with other meats).

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Nausea Bagwash

veal

"Clearly someone missed the point. I know you can buy calves liver in the UK. But you cannot buy PROPER veal (veal is not the same as calf anyway)"
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Sorry, don't understand that last sentence. What do you mean by "PROPER veal"? And if veal isn't calf's meat which animal DOES it come from?

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Nausea Bagwash

cow meat/beef

" That's probably because it is a much younger animal than the milk cow which is too frequently sold as beef in the supermarkets."
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It is an offence under trades description legisltion to sell cow meat as beef (Info courtesy of local authority meat inspector uncle and cousin). Whilst Mrs Average Housewife probably couldn't tell the difference between cow and beef meat by looking at it, a butcher could certainly tell the difference so wouldn't get away with claiming he had labelled it wrongly by mistake.

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SusanM

Calves Liver

Delias Calves live recipe is a def favorite in this house !!

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Nausea Bagwash

duplicate

""Clearly someone missed the point. I know you can buy calves liver in the UK. But you cannot buy PROPER veal (veal is not the same as calf anyway)"
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Sorry, don't understand that last sentence. What do you mean by "PROPER veal"? And if veal isn't calf's meat which animal DOES it come from?"
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Sorry, Lemain I didn't see your query until I'd posted this.

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Nausea Bagwash

veal in UK

Even before the veal crate fuss veal was always an expensive meat with a fairly limited market in the UK. I had never tasted it until I went to Austria in the 1960s, despite living next door to a butcher who used to send round special little delicacies when I was ill as a child. When I came back from Vienna I asked him if people in England ate veal and he said yes but there was little call for it in our village.

 
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