Young muscle, cartilage and bones produce great taste.
Hefty price for not so much taste.
A fresh product that does not need to be tenderized.
Lean meat – prepare with care.
Less fat means shorter shelf life
The advantage with veal is that more or less all pieces of the animal are
tender and easy to cook. The muscling and bones are younger, which produce a
nice taste. The disadvantage is that you may need to pay quite a lot of money
for rather less taste.
From white to pink
Veal is slaughtered at an age of between four to five months. The whiter
the meat, the more has the calf been raised on milk.
A calf that has started to eat grass and feed produces a more red meat
and is sometimes called rosé veal. It does not have to be older than white
veal, but it has a somewhat richer taste and the meat is slightly chewier.
Dark pink meat is probably not veal, but a half grown calf that is
slaughtered at an age of six to seven months.
The taste of veal is not as strong as that of a fully-grown animal, so be
careful when seasoning.
It is better to cook veal slightly too little than too much to avoid the
meat drying out and becoming dull.
Veal is leaner than beef and loses large quantities of liquid if it is
fried for too long.
Veal contains a lot of protein, healthy minerals and very little fat.
Internal temperature for veal
Medium-rare, the center is lightly cooked. Internal temperature 50°C to 54°C. Medium, the entire piece of meat has a pink interior. Internal
temperature 54°C to 58°C. Medium-well, only the center is pink. The internal temperature is 58°C to
65°C. Well-done, grey meat. Internal temperature above 65°C
Veal is generally tenderer than beef and therefore takes a shorter time
to prepare. Some pieces such as the fillet are so tender that they risk getting
too loose if they are tenderized.
The hygiene factor
Since veal contains so little fat, it is more fragile than beef. As a
guideline, large pieces stay fresh in the refrigerator for four to five days at
the most, whereas small pieces should be consumed within three days, and minced
and chopped meat within two days. Veal should be handled like chicken or pork
from a hygiene point of view. You should rub the meat with a bit of olive oil
to improve its durability and to retain the juicy interior.
For young animals, the breed is less important for the taste and
character of the meat.
The reason veal is more expensive is the high quality of the meat, the
high cost of raising the calf’s and, simply, because the animal is younger and
therefore produces a smaller amount of meat.
Calf is cut according to the same principles as fully-grown animals, with
the only difference being that each part of the animal is smaller. The front
part is shorter – with less developed muscles as a consequence – and the bones
have a larger amount of soft cartilage.