veal rib chop

Veal Rib Chops

What is Veal?

In short, veal is the meat from a calf or young cow. Most often enjoyed as veal cutlets, shanks, or rib chops. These animals are raised to be 16 to 18 months old. At this time, the cow will weigh roughly 450-500 pounds. To compare, a fully grown male or female cow will weigh 800-1000 pounds at minimum. The meat from these cows – veal – is tender, very delicate in flavor, with a velvety texture. It has a pale pinkish grey color with little to no marbling, differentiating it visually from most beef.

Many people aren’t overly fond of the idea that young cows are used for meat. However, there is a particular method used to choose which cows are used for veal. For the most part, male dairy calves are used. Here’s why. In order for a dairy cow to continue producing milk over their lifetime, it must be a female cow that gives birth. Therefore, since male dairy cows cannot give birth, they serve little of no value to the dairy farmers. This makes them a perfect resource for raising as stock for veal products.

What Can I Use Veal Rib Chops For?

Tender, light and velvety, veal rib chops are the ribeye of the calf. They are perfect for the grill or the stovetop. The choice comes down to your own preference, as well as the meal you’re looking to prepare. On one hand, stovetop veal rib chops are best breaded and fried. Serve simply alongside creamy mashed potatoes, or add a blast of extra flavor with a light herb sauce. On the other hand, grilled veal chops are best enjoyed simply seasoned with salt, pepper, and a touch of garlic powder. Same as fried chops, feel free to serve alongside your favorite vegetables, potatoes, or grains. No matter which method you choose, all veal must be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 145°F.