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Question: What are lamb musk glands?
With regard to lamb, the term musk glands is a misnomer.
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What are lamb musk glands?

The shoulders and leg joints may also still have the musk glands attached, if not removed by your butcher. These are large yellowish pieces that you might find unsightly. They are called musk glands because it was formerly thought they gave a musky off-flavor to the meat. This has been proved untrue, but you may wish to remove them for the sake of aesthetics. Most butchers removed the musk glands before marketing.

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