Fig. 2.

Fig. 2.

The calf should not be slaughtered until it is six weeks old. Spring is the best time for veal. It is divided as marked in the drawing.

1. The head, sold with the pluck, which includes the heart, liver, and sweet-breads. 2. The rack, including the neck; used for stews, pot-pies, and broths; also for chops and roasting. 3. The shoulder. This, and also half the rack and ribs of the fore-quarter, are sometimes roasted, and sometimes used for stews, broths, and cutlets. 4. The fore-shank, or knuckle; used for broths. 5. The breast; used for stews and soups; also to stuff and bake. 6. The loin; used for roasting. 7. The fillet, or leg, including the hind flank; used for cutlets, or to stuff and boil, or to stuff and roast, or bake. 8. The hind shank, or hock, or knuckle; used for soups. The feet are used for jelly.

In selecting Veal, take that which is firm and dry, and the joints stiff, having the lean a delicate red, the kidney covered with fat, and the fat very white. If you buy the head, see that the eyes are plump and lively, and not dull and sunk in the head. If you buy the legs, get those which are not skinned, as the skin is good for jelly or soup.