Cut Veal Diagram, Carving/Cutting Up Veal
Instructions and charts and diagrams for learning how to cut up veal.
This piece, veal, is quite similar to a fore-quarter of
lamb cutting after
the shoulder has been taken off. A breast of veal consists of two
parts, the rib-bones and the gristly brisket. These parts may be
separated by sharply passing the carving knife in the direction
of the line from 1 to 2; and when they are entirely divided, the
rib-bones should be carved in the direction of the line from 5 to
6, and the brisket can be helped by cutting slices from 3 to 4.
Cut Veal Diagram
The carver should ask the guests whether they have a preference
for the brisket or ribs of the veal meat; and if there be a sweetbread
served with the dish, as is frequently with this roast of veal,
each person should receive a piece.
Though veal and lamb contain less nutrition than beef and mutton,
in proportion to their weight, they are often preferred to these
latter meats on account of their delicacy of texture and flavor.
A whole breast of veal weighs from nine to twelve pounds.
Fillet of Veal
A fillet of veal is one of the prime roasts of veal; it is taken
from the leg above the knuckle; a piece weighing from ten to twelve
pounds is a good size and requires about four hours for roasting.
Before roasting, it is dressed with a force meat or stuffing placed
in the cavity from where the bone was taken out and the flap tightly
secured together with skewers; many bind it together with tape.
Fillet of Veal
To carve it, cut in even thin slices off from the whole of the
upper part or top, in the same manner as from a rolled roast of
beef, as in the direction of the figures 1 and 2; this gives the person
served some of the dressing with each slice of meat.
Veal is very unwholesome unless it is cooked thoroughly, and when
roasted should be of a rich brown color. Bacon, fried pork, sausage-balls,
with greens, are among the accompaniments of roasted veal, also
a cut lemon.
Neck of Veal
The best end of a neck of veal makes a very good roasting-piece;
it, however, is composed of bone and ribs that make it quite difficult
to carve, unless it is done properly. To attempt to carve each chop
and serve it, you would not only place too large a piece upon the
plate of the person you intend to serve, but you would waste much
time, and should the vertebrę have not been removed by the butcher,
you would be compelled to exercise such a degree of strength that
would make one's appearance very ungraceful, and possibly, too,
throwing gravy over your neighbor sitting next to you. The correct
way to carve this roast is to cut diagonally from fig. 1 to 2, and
help in slices of moderate thickness; then it may be cut from 3
to 4, in order to separate the small bones; divide and serve them,
having first inquired if they are desired.
Neck of Veal
This joint is usually sent to the table accompanied by bacon, ham,
tongue, or pickled pork, on a separate dish and with a cut lemon
on a plate. There are also a number of sauces that are suitable
with this roast.