Word of Mouth: Hoggett

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Hoggett [hoggett ] n. A young sheep, older than a lamb but not yet considered mutton.

No, it's not the name of a character from Harry Potter or Dickens, nor is it anything to do with pigs or hogs. Hoggett is a sheep somewhat older than a lamb, but too young to be classified as mutton. In New Zealand they consider a sheep a hoggett if it's between one and two years old. In the United States hogget is an animal from one and a half to two and a half years old, but you will probably not find it here outside of a specialty butcher or local farm.

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.